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May 29, 1500 – Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias died at the age of 48 (some sources say 49) in a shipwreck near the Cape of Good Hope.
May 29, 1677 – The Treaty of Middle Plantation established peace between the Virginia colonists and the local Natives.
May 29, 1721 - South Carolina was formally incorporated as a royal colony.
May 29, 1736 – American “Founding Father” and first Virginia governor Patrick Henry was born in Hanover County, Colony of Virginia, British America.
May 29, 1765 - Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses.
May 29, 1780 – During the American Revolutionary War, at the Battle of Waxhaws near Lancaster, S.C., the British, under commander Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton, continued attacking after the Continentals laid down their arms, killing 113 and critically wounding all but 53 that remained.
May 29, 1781 - Captain John Barry, commander of the American warship Alliance captured the HMS Atlanta and the HMS Trepassy.
May 29, 1790 – Rhode Island became the last of the original United States' colonies to ratify the Constitution and was admitted as the 13th U.S. state.
May 29, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette visited Braddock, Pa.
May 29, 1843 - John C. Fremont again departed from St. Louis to explore the West, having only recently returned from his first western expedition.
May 29, 1848 – Wisconsin was admitted as the 30th U.S. state.
May 29, 1862 - P.T. Beauregard began moving troops out of Corinth, Miss. The evacuation was completed the next day.
May 29, 1862 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Whitesburg, near Huntsville, Ala.
May 29, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Seven Pines, Virginia; near Boonville and Corinth in Mississippi; at Kickapoo Bottom, Arkansas; and near Wardensville, West Virginia.
May 29, 1863 - Ambrose Burnside offered his resignation over the Vallandigham affair. Lincoln refused to accept it.
May 29, 1863 – The siege at Vicksburg, Miss. entered Day 11.
May 29, 1864 - Union troops lost another foot race with the Confederates in a minor stop on the long and terrible campaign between Ulysses S. Grant’s Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Grant was getting frustrated. After the Totopotomoy, Grant slid south to Cold Harbor, just 10 miles from Richmond. His impatience may have gotten the best of him. At Cold Harbor, Grant would commit the foolish mistake of hurling his troops at well-fortified Confederates, creating a slaughter nearly unmatched during the war
May 29, 1864 – During the Civil War, an “action” occurred at Moulton, in Lawrence County, Ala.
May 29, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought on the Fordoche Bayou Road in Louisiana and at Hamlin, West Virginia.
May 29, 1865 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought near Austin, Nevada.
May 29, 1865 - Andrew Johnson granted a Presidential pardon to those who directly or indirectly aided the Southern war effort. He restored property rights to the South with the exception of slaves. Unlike Lincoln's declaration in December 1863, Johnson created an exception for property owners whose holdings totaled $20,000 dollars or more.
May 29, 1865 - President Andrew Johnson appointed William Holden as provisional governor of North Carolina, a blueprint for his plans of Presidential Reconstruction. Holden was instructed to call a constitutional convention of men who had signed an oath of allegiance to the United States.
May 29, 1874 – English author G.K. Chesterton was born Gilbert Keith Chesterton in London.
May 29, 1880 – German philosopher Oswald Spengler was born in Blankenburg, Germany.
May 29, 1886 – The pharmacist John Pemberton placed his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, which appeared in The Atlanta Journal.
May 29, 1886 – The Monroe County Convention was scheduled to meet on this Saturday, according to The Monroe Journal.
May 29, 1896 - Mr. J. Falkner, representing the Alabama Mercantile Co. of Montgomery, was in Pineville on this Friday.
May 29, 1900 – Charles Pawson Atmore, the General Passenger Agent of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, passed away from apoplexy at the age of 66 in his room at Forth and Chestnut Street in Louisville, Ky. Born on Feb. 28, 1834 on the Island of Guernsey, he was buried in the Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Ky. After coming to American, he entered the railway service of the Louisville, New Albany and Chicago Railway, and afterward, occupied several positions with other railroads. In 1872, he became the General Passenger Agent of the Louisville and Nashville. The City of Atmore, located in Escambia County, Alabama, was named after Charles Pawson Atmore. Prior to 1896, the City of Atmore was known as William's Station.
May 29, 1901 - Seven days into the Constitutional Convention of 1901 a petition submitted by Booker T. Washington and 23 other African-American leaders was read to convention delegates, all of whom were white. The petition asked that the black Alabamian be given "some humble share in choosing those who shall rule over him." Nevertheless, with the ratification of the Constitution of 1901 in November, blacks--along with poor whites--were effectively disfranchised.
May 29, 1903 – Comedian Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, near London, England. His family moved to the United States when he was four years old, and he grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Hope died in 2003, two months after his 100th birthday.
May 29, 1904 – The Rev. W.N. Huckabee preached at the Sowell Old Field School House (Monroe County?) on this fifth Sunday evening at 5 p.m.
May 29, 1906 – English author T.H. White was born Terence Hanbury White in Bombay, India, to English parents employed by the British civil service. He is best known for his sequence of Arthurian novels, “The Once and Future King,” first published together in 1958.
May 29, 1909 – The Conecuh Record reported that about four inches of rain fell in Evergreen, Ala. on this day and 1-1/2 inches fell the day before.
May 29, 1911 – The government thermometer reached 100 degrees on this day in Evergreen, Ala.
May 29, 1913 – Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” premiered at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris.
May 29, 1914 – English explorer, hunter and author Henry Seton-Karr passed died at the age of 61 in Canada’s greatest maritime disaster when the Empress of Ireland sank in the St. Lawrence River when he was returning to England from a hunting trip in British Columbia.
May 29, 1914 – Edgar Lee Masters published the first poem of what would later be collected and published as “The Spoon River Anthology” in 1915.
May 29, 1915 – The Bowles baseball team beat Skinnerton, 17-12, on this Saturday.
May 29, 1916 - The New York Giants won their 17th consecutive road game.
May 29, 1916 - Author Virginia Pounds Brown was born in Birmingham, Ala.
May 29, 1916 – As part of the closing exercises of the Second District Agricultural School in Evergreen on this Monday evening, a Chinese operetta, ‘The Feast of the Little Lanterns,’ was presented to “a large and appreciative audience,” according to The Conecuh Record. “All the girls in the play acquitted themselves splendidly; those deserving special mention are Misses Sara Cunningham, Edith Shields and Evelyn Chapman. Mrs. Dr. Hairston of Burnt Corn, who ably assisted Miss Gammon, played the part of a ‘Japanese Juggler Maid’ and her work could not have been surpassed.”
May 29, 1916 - The state high school commission, at its meeting in Montgomery on this Monday, reelected Prof. G.A. Harris as principal of the Monroe County High School for the ensuing year. Principals of the 50 other high schools in the state were named at the meeting, among their number being Prof. G.M. Veasey for Chambers, Prof. Claud Hardy for Wilcox and Prof. C.A. Peavey for Escambia.
May 29, 1917 - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was born in Brookline, Mass.
May 29, 1917 – “Another noble old veteran in the person of Mr. D.M. McNeil has called to his reward, his death occurring suddenly at his home near Axle” on this Tuesday evening, aged upward of 70 years.
May 29, 1918 – Wm. T. Broughton and Zeilin Simpson, who both died in World War I, were inducted into the Army and sent to Camp Sevier, S.C. for training.
May 29, 1922 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that organized baseball was a sport, and not subject to antitrust laws.
May 29, 1922 – In connection with the ongoing commencement exercises at the State Secondary Agricultural School in Evergreen, Ala., a baseball game was scheduled to be held on this Monday at 3:30 p.m.
May 29, 1922 - The eighth annual commencement exercises of the Conecuh County High School were brought to a conclusion on this Monday evening with an operetta in the school auditorium. Thirteen students received diplomas at the hands of Supt. W.R. Bennett at the Monday morning exercises. Dr. John W. Abercrombie, state superintendent of education, delivered the baccalaureate address Monday morning, immediately following which came the presentation of medals and diplomas. The medals awarded were: scholarship, Marie McDonald; affability, Bertie Skinner; perfect attendance, Clement Brooks, Alma Booker and Philip Kyser. The graduating class was composed of three boys and 10 girls, with Bertie Skinner, president. They were Ruby Lou Wood, Pluma Jones, Verdie Estelle Jones, Elizabeth Skinner, Addra Alice Skinner, Jessie Holland, Alma Eugene Booker, Ellye Myrtice Sauders, Ida Mae Ward, Mary Ellen Albreast, Roderick Matthews, Oris Sullivan and John Somerall.
May 29, 1932 – World War I veterans began to assemble in Washington, D.C., in the Bonus Army to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945.
May 29, 1942 - A movie version of Alabama author Octavus Roy Cohen's book “Gallant Lady” was released.
May 29, 1943 - Marvin Coleman died of a heart attack on this Saturday night about 11:30 p.m. He was on duty as town marshal of Frisco City when death came.
May 29, 1946 – German SS officer Martin Gottfried Weiss, after being found guilty of "violating the laws and usages of war," was executed by hanging at Landsberg prison at the age of 40.
May 29, 1947 – The Evergreen Courant reported, under “HI-LITES OF EHS,” that achievements of Evergreen High School students during the 1946-47 school year included, “No. 1 Basketball Player in District One, James Carpenter; Good Sportsmanship Award for District One in Competition with 32 high schools, R.E. Ivey, James Carpenter, Mickey Logue, Gillis Jones, Melvin Brantley, Glenn McIntyre, George Hendricks, George Brown; County Junior Basketball Champions, Jack Cunningham, Bobby Frank Snowden, Dickey Bozeman, Billy Mudge Lee, Guerry Moorer, John Logue, Jeff Moorer, Tommy White; No. 4 Basketball Team in District One.”
May 29, 1947 – The Evergreen Courant reported that friends of Edward Beasley were “glad to see him out again after having suffered a broken leg during a ball game.”
May 29, 1947 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Repton High School won seven of the 10 baseball games they played that year. “The Watson brothers starred as catcher and pitcher,” the scores were as follows: Lyeffion 5, Repton 4; Castleberry 5, Repton 9; Lyeffion 8, Repton 17; Castleberry 6, Repton 7; Castleberry 2, Repton 1; Castleberry 1, Repton 2; Monroeville 8, Repton 18; Monroeville 11, Repton 9; McKenzie 4, Repton 11; McKenzie 4, Repton 11. Repton scored 89 runs in 10 games, an average of 8.9 scores per game. There were six home runs hit by Sawyer; Marion Watson, 1; Carl Watson, 1; Lamar Crutchfield, 1; Ray Nall, 1.
May 29, 1947 – The Evergreen Courant reported that it was the unanimous decision of the Evergreen High School Journalism club to donate its entire funds to the Summer Recreation Program social committee.
May 29, 1947 - The Evergreen Courant reported that the Evergreen Junior Chamber of Commerce planned to sponsor the popular June dance which for many years was an annual affair attended by large crowds from Evergreen and nearby towns. “Wartime was not dancetime but now most of the boys and girls are back and ready for a good time so this will be the first in a new series of June dances.”
May 29, 1947 – This day’s edition of The Monroe Journal carried the following advertisement – “Now is the Time… LEARN TO FLY – Instruction leading to Private, Commercial and Flight Instructor Ratings now available at Monroeville Airport – Charter Trips Anywhere, Passenger Rides Any Time – REASONABLE RATES – VETERANS: Make Your Application for FREE FLIGHT TRAINING Under GI Bill. For Further Information Contact Mr. Frost at Airport. MONROEVILLE AVIATION CO.”
May 29, 1947 – The Monroe Journal reported that Miss Alice Lee spent the previous weekend with her sister, Mrs. Herschel Conner Jr., and family in Eufaula.
May 29, 1949 - Barzell Griffin, 24-year-old who escaped from the Conecuh County Jail in Evergreen on Tues., May 24, was picked up by law enforcers in Birmingham on this Sunday after a tip from the sheriff’s office in Evergreen, Conecuh County Sheriff W.D. Lewis reported. The Jefferson County law enforcers picked up Griffin by watching his wife, who lived in Birmingham, after receiving the information from Sheriff Lewis. Lewis also informed The Courant that Griffin was being held in Birmingham to face trial on a burglary indictment from several months before. Griffin was also wanted in Selma and Pensacola, Fla. Griffin was being held in Evergreen for breaking into Brown Supply Co. and cracking their safe. He got away with $300 after smashing the safe with an axe. When Griffin broke out of the county jail in Evergreen it marked the sixth time he had escaped from civil and army authorities since beginning his career of crime 13 years before at the age of 11.
May 29, 1950 – The St. Roch, the first ship to circumnavigate North America, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
May 29, 1951 - C.F. Blair became the first man to fly over the North Pole in single engine plane.
May 29, 1952 – Country music legend Hank Williams and his wife, Audrey, were divorced.
May 29, 1953 – Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay's (adopted) 39th birthday. "A symmetrical, beautiful, snow cone summit," Hillary said of the peak that is 29,028 feet above sea level.
May 29, 1954 - The first meeting of the annual Bilderberg group, a secretive, invitation-only gathering with the elite from such fields as politics, commerce, and banking, was held.
May 29, 1955 – New Hope Baptist Church at Natchez, Ala. held its 100th anniversary homecoming.
May 29, 1955 - John Hinckley Jr., who attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was born in Ardmore, Okla.
May 29, 1959 – Repton High School was scheduled to hold its graduation exercises at 8 p.m. in Repton, Ala. Starr Smith of Montgomery was to deliver the graduation address, and Principal E.H. Penny was to deliver the diplomas.
May 29, 1962 – First baseman Fred Whitfield, a native of Vandiver, Ala., made his first Major League start, two days after his Major League debut. He went 1-for-4 for the St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field with his first hit coming in the fourth inning, a RBI single off Al McBean that scored Red Schoendienst.
May 29, 1962 - Buck (John) O’Neil became the first black coach in Major League Baseball when he accepted the job with the Chicago Cubs.
May 29, 1963 - A delegation of Monroe County, Ala. residents planned to meet with Gov. George Wallace and State Superintendent of Education Austin Meadows in Montgomery on this Wednesday to discuss Monroe County as a location for a new prospective junior college.
May 29, 1965 – Repton High School was scheduled to hold graduation exercises on this Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the school auditorium in Repton, Ala. Dorothy Waller was the valedictorian, and Willene Powell was the salutatorian. Twenty-three seniors were expected to receive diplomas.
May 29, 1965 - Dick Allen of the Philadelphia Phillies hit a 529-foot home run out of Connie Mack Stadium.
May 29, 1967 - Noel Gallagher, the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis, was born in Longsight, Manchester, England.
May 29, 1967 - Economist and “Freakonomics” co-author Steven Levitt was born in St. Paul, Minn.
May 29, 1972 – Sparta Academy held its first ever graduation exercises on this Monday at 8 p.m. at Stuart-McGehee Field in Evergreen, Ala. Members of the class included Forrest Brantley, Robert Carleton, Terry Chapman, Martha Gaines, Gary Gibson, Donnie Griggers, Beth Harper (salutatorian), Kitty Horton, Deborah Josey, Crawford King (valedictorian), Mary Ann Mack, Charlotte McCreary, Mike McKenzie, Joey Nix, Carey Stinson, Larry Tranum, Mike Turner, Shelia Ward and Dwight Watson.
May 29, 1972 - In a joint communique issued by the United States and the Soviet Union following the conclusion of summit talks with General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev during President Richard Nixon’s visit to Moscow (the first visit ever by an U.S. president), both countries set forth their standard positions on Vietnam. The United States insisted that the future of South Vietnam should be left to the South Vietnamese without interference. The Soviet Union insisted on a withdrawal of U.S. and Allied forces from South Vietnam and an end to the bombing of North Vietnam.
May 29, 1972 - Evergreen High School was scheduled to award diplomas to 77 students at graduation exercises at eight o’clock on this Monday night at Brooks Stadium. Dr. Paul Hubbert of Montgomery, executive secretary of the Alabama Education Association, was to be the speaker. Joann Rogers was valedictorian, and Ann Coburn was salutatorian. Diplomas were to be awarded by Principal John Floyd.
May 29, 1974 - U.S. President Richard Nixon agreed to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts.
May 29, 1976 – Major League Baseball infielder and outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He went on to play for the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago Cubs, the Texas Rangers, the Cincinnati Reds, the New York Yankees, the San Diego Padres, the Washington Nationals, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
May 29, 1976 – NBA power forward and center Raef LaFrentz was born in Hampton, Iowa. He went on to play for Kansas, the Denver Nuggets, the Dallas Mavericks, the Boston Celtics and the Portland Trail Blazers.
May 29, 1981 – The Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Ala. were designated a National Historic Landmark.
May 29, 1984 - The Boston Red Sox retired the No. 9 jersey of Ted Williams and the No. 4 jersey of Joe Cronin.
May 29, 1986 - The first issue of "The Frisco Citian" newspaper was published in Frisco City, Ala.
May 29, 1987 – In Monroeville, Ala., Alabama Bureau of Investigations agent Simon Benson conducted a tape-recorded interview in the county courthouse with Karen Kelly, whom he suspected of lying about the Vickie Lynn Pittman murder, according to Pete Earley’s book “Circumstantial Evidence.”
May 29, 1990 - Rickey Henderson stole his 893rd base, breaking Ty Cobb's record.
May 29, 1992 - Tim Raines of the Chicago White Sox stole his 700th career base.
May 29, 1997 – The Evergreen Courant reported that Dwayne Hodges of Carrollton, Texas and a former resident of Evergreen had killed two large turkeys recently. The largest weighed 19.1 pounds and had a nine-inch beard and the smallest weighed 14.5 pounds and had a six-inch beard.
May 29, 1997 – The Evergreen Courant reported, under the headline “GRATIA Enterprises, Inc. now open for business,” that the Conecuh County Economic Development Authority had announced that GRATIA Enterprises, Inc., a manufacturer of custom fashions for the home or business, had recently opened its doors. The plant was located on Highway 31, three miles south of Evergreen. Four employees were employed with GRATIA. Tommy Shehan, Beverly Lowery, Teresa Hawsey and Robert Lassiter made up that list. Those employees had varied experience within home fashions manufacturing that allowed GRATIA to offer a wide variety of products including bedspreads, roman shades, balloon shades, ruffled curtains, draperies and decorative pillows.
May 29, 1997 – The Monroe Journal reported that several Monroeville employees devoted their off-duty time during the previous week to install a static helicopter display on Veterans Avenue. The military craft was the most common type flown during the Vietnam War. Police Chief Bill Dailey was joined by Fire & Rescue Department Chief Eddie Everett, firefighter Billy Wayne Black, city compliance officer Robert Sims and others in placing the exhibit in time for Memorial Day.
May 29, 2001 - In New York, four followers of Osama bin Laden were convicted of a global conspiracy to murder Americans. The crimes included the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people.
May 29, 2003 – High Ground Burial in Baldwin County, Ala. was added to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.
May 29, 2003 - The Dulaney Cemetery in Wilcox County, Ala. was added to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.
May 29, 2004 – The National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
May 29, 2015 – NFL defensive back and Olympic track athlete Henry Carr, a native of Montgomery, Ala., died at the age of 73 in Griffin, Ga. He played football at Arizona State and for the New York Giants.