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On This Day in History - 29th May

Birthdays

1630King Charles II of Britain
1851Leon Bourgeois, French politician
1874Gilbert Keith Chesterton, English novelist
1903Bob Hope, US entertainer who often appeared with Bing Crosby
1917John F. Kennedy, Former (35th) American President
1939Nanette Newman, Actress
1959Rupert Everett, Actor

Events

1829Humphry Davy, inventor of the mining safety lamp, died
1911William Gilbert, of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas fame, died
1912British dockworkers went on strike for a minimum wage
1919Einstein's theories were given a practical test during an eclipse
1940British forces began their evacuation from Dunkirk, France
1979Zimbabwes first black bishop was appointed
1982Pope John Paul II beagn a trip to the UK, the first Pope for over 450 years
1990Brois Yeltsin was elected leader of the Russian Federation
1992UN forces took control of Sarajevo airport, allowing aid flights to land