UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 29, 2014

JFK was born and Hillary and Norgay conquered Everest ... on this date in history.
By United Press International  |  May 29, 2014 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Thursday, May 29, the 149th day of 2014 with 216 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include King Charles II of England in 1630; patriot Patrick Henry in 1736; Ebenezer Butterick, inventor of the tissue paper dress pattern, in 1826; English novelist G.K. Chesterton in 1874; movie composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold in 1897; entertainer Bob Hope in 1903; writer T.H. White in 1906; John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States, in 1917; musician Danny Elfman in 1953 (age 61); actors Anthony Geary ("General Hospital") in 1947 (age 67), Annette Bening in 1958 (age 56), Rupert Everett and Adrian Paul, both in 1959 (age 55) and Lisa Whelchel in 1963 (age 51) and singers LaToya Jackson in 1956 (age 58), Melissa Etheridge in 1961 (age 53) and Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls in 1975 (age 39).

On this date in history:

In 1453, Constantinople (now Istanbul), capital of the Byzantine Empire, was captured by the Turks.

In 1660, Charles II was restored to the English throne.

In 1790, Rhode Island became the last of the original 13 states to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

In 1848, following approval by the territory's citizens, Wisconsin entered the Union as the 30th state.

In 1865, U.S. President Andrew Johnson issued a proclamation giving a general amnesty to all who took part in the rebellion against the United States.

In 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest.

In 1977, a flash fire swept through a nightclub in Southgate, Ky., killing 162 people and injuring 30.

In 1985, British soccer fans attacked Italian fans preceding the European Cup final in Brussels. The resulting stadium stampede killed 38 people and injured 400.

In 1989, Chinese students in Tiananmen Square erected a 33-foot statue similar to the Statue of Liberty.

In 1990, renegade Communist Boris Yeltsin was elected president of Russia.

In 1996, in Israel's first selection of a prime minister by direct vote, Benjamin Netanyahu defeated Shimon Peres. The margin of victory was less than 1 percent.

In 1997, Zaire rebel leader Laurent Kabila was sworn in as president of what was again being called the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In 2003, comedian Bob Hope was honored at the White House on his 100th birthday, with establishment of the Bob Hope Patriotism Award.

In 2004, the World War II memorial was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington. About 70,000 veterans of that war were on hand.

In 2006, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe won a second term by a sizable margin.

In 2008, wildfires that had killed at least 53 people, with 28 missing, in Canada's central province of Manitoba forced at least 1,000 others to be evacuated from four northern communities.

In 2009, U.S. music producer Phil Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the 2003 slaying of actress Lana Carlson.

In 2010, two mosques of a religious minority in Pakistan were attacked by intruders firing weapons and throwing grenades. Officials put the death toll at 98.

In 2012, Texas primary election results gave Mitt Romney enough delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.

In 2013, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., who ran for president in 2012, said she would not seek re-election to Congress in 2014.

A thought for the day: "Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." -- Franz Kafka

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