Today in History: May 29

Today in History: May 29

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1453

Constantinople falls to Muhammad II, ending the Byzantine Empire.

1660

Charles II is restored to the English throne, succeeding the short-lived Commonwealth.

1721

South Carolina is formally incorporated as a royal colony of England.

1790

Rhode Island becomes the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution.

1848

Wisconsin becomes the thirtieth state.

1849

A patent for lifting vessels is granted to Abraham Lincoln.

1862

Confederate general P.G.T. Beauregard retreats to Tupelo, Mississippi.

1911

The Indianapolis 500 is run for the first time.

1913

The premier of the ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) in Paris causes rioting in the theater.

1916

U.S. forces invade the Dominican Republic.

1922

Ecuador becomes independent.

1922

The U.S. Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport not subject to antitrust laws.

1942

The German Army completes its encirclement of the Kharkov region of the Soviet Union.

1951

C. F. Blair becomes the first man to fly over the North Pole in single-engine plane.

1953

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest.

1974

President Richard Nixon agrees to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts.

1990

Boris Yeltsin is elected the president of Russia.