May 29 – Some important events on this day.
1176 👉🏼 Battle at Legnano: Lombard League beats Frederick Barbarossa and the Holy Roman Empire
1453 👉🏼 Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire falls to the Turks under Muhammad II: ends the Byzantine Empire
1592 👉🏼 Battle of Sacheon: Korean navy led by Admiral Yi Sun Shin repels a Japanese fleet – first use of Korean Turtle ship
1660 👉🏼 On his 30th birthday Charles II returns to London from exile in the Netherlands to claim the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealth comes to an end
1851 👉🏼 Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio
1886 👉🏼 American chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola.
Do you know his history?
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1912 👉🏼 15 young women are fired by Curtis Publishing in Philadelphia for dancing the “Turkey Trot” during their lunch break
1942 👉🏼 Bing Crosby records “White Christmas”, world’s best-selling single (estimated 100 million copies sold)
1953 👉🏼 Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition (and return safely).
Edmund Hillary took the photo using a modest and compact Kodak Retina camera loaded with Kodachrome colour film, he kept the camera inside his jacket during the final ascent to keep it from freezing.
Hillary apparently refused a photograph when Tenzing Norgay offered to return the favour.
But what the top of Mount Everest is really like?
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1959 👉🏼 Charles de Gaulle forms French government
1989 👉🏼 Student pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, China construct a replica of the Statue of Liberty, naming it the Goddess of Democracy.
Built by students from Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts for the protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989, the statue was constructed out of foam and papier-mâché over a steel frame. Installed in the square on the 30th May the figure became a powerful symbol for the Democracy movement occupying the square.
Although comparisons are often drawn to New York’s Statue of Liberty, the sculptors say the work of Soviet sculptor Vera Mukhina was the actual inspiration.
The Statue was famously toppled by tanks when the Chinese government ordered Tiananmen square forcibly cleared on the 4th June. Its destruction was captured by cameras and watched worldwide. The statue has been called one of the world’s first viral images and a number of replicas have been built around the world since, including in Hong Kong to mark the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.