May 29

1765

Patrick Henry bitterly denounced the Stamp Act in the Virginia House of Burgesses.

1790

Rhode Island became the 13th state in the United States, the last of the original colonies to ratify the Constitution.

1848

Wisconsin became the 30th state in the United States.

1917

John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass.

1942

Bing Crosby recorded his version of “White Christmas.” It would go on to sell over 30 million copies.

1953

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

1990

Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic by the parliament.

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