Today in History

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Posted: May 29, 2011 12:00 AM
Today in History

Today is Sunday, May 29, the 149th day of 2011. There are 216 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 29, 1953, Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit.

On this date:

In 1765, Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses.

In 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th original colony to ratify the United States Constitution.

In 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union.

In 1911, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the American Tobacco Co. was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

In 1917, the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was born in Brookline, Mass.

In 1932, World War I veterans began arriving in Washington to demand cash bonuses they weren't scheduled to receive until 1945.

In 1943, Norman Rockwell's portrait of "Rosie the Riveter" appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

In 1961, a couple in Paynesville, W.Va., became the first recipients of food stamps under a pilot program created by President John F. Kennedy.

In 1973, Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles, defeating incumbent Sam Yorty.

In 1985, 39 people were killed at the European Cup Final in Brussels, Belgium, when rioting broke out and a wall separating British and Italian soccer fans collapsed.

Ten years ago: Four followers of Osama bin Laden were convicted in New York of a global conspiracy to murder Americans, including the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people. (All were sentenced to life in prison.) President George W. Bush, meeting in Los Angeles with California Gov. Gray Davis, rejected a plea for federal caps on soaring electricity bills. The Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a cart to ride in tournaments.

Five years ago: A car bomb exploded in Baghdad, killing U.S. Army Capt. James Alex Funkhouser Jr., two British members of a CBS News crew, Paul Douglas and James Brolan, plus an Iraqi interpreter, and also seriously injuring CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier. A U.S. military truck crashed into traffic in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing five people and sparking violent protests across the country that claimed some 20 lives.

One year ago: Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wildman whose memorable career included an early turn in "Rebel Without A Cause" and an improbable smash hit with "Easy Rider," died in Los Angeles at age 74. Philadelphia's Roy Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in major league history, beating the Florida Marlins 1-0.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Clifton James is 90. Former Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent is 73. Race car driver Al Unser is 72. CBS News Correspondent Bob Simon is 70. Actor Kevin Conway is 69. Actor Helmut Berger is 67. Rock singer Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) is 66. Actor Anthony Geary is 64. Singer Rebbie (ree-bee) Jackson is 61. Movie composer Danny Elfman is 58. Rock musician Michael Porcaro (Toto) is 56. Singer LaToya Jackson is 55. Actor Ted Levine is 54. Actress Annette Bening is 53. Actor Rupert Everett is 52. Actor Adrian Paul is 52. Singer Melissa Etheridge is 50. Actress Lisa Whelchel is 48. Actress Tracey Bregman is 48. Rock musician Noel Gallagher (Oasis) is 44. Singer Jayski McGowan (Quad City DJ's) is 44. Rock musician Chan Kinchla (Blues Traveler) is 42. Rock musician Mark Lee (Third Day) is 38. Cartoonist Aaron McGruder ("The Boondocks") is 37. Singer Melanie Brown (Spice Girls) is 36. Rapper Playa Poncho is 36. Actor Brandon Mychal Smith is 22.

Thought for Today: "I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful." _ Bob Hope (born this date in 1903, died 2003).

(Above Advance for Use Sunday, May 29)

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