World Digestive Health Day (On the 29th of May 1958, the last day of the First World Congress of Gastroenterology which took place in Washington, an assembly of distinguished gastroenterologists announced the foundation of the World Gastroenterology Organisation was born)
1999 – Olusegun Obasanjo takes office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule.
1999 – Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.
1989 – Signing of an agreement between Egypt and the United States, allowing the manufacture of parts of the F-16 jet fighter plane in Egypt.
1988 – The U.S. President Ronald Reagan begins his first visit to the Soviet Union when he arrives in Moscow for a superpower summit with the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
1982 – Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit Canterbury Cathedral.
1973 – Tom Bradley is elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles, California.
1953 – Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay's (adopted) 39th birthday.
1950 – The St. Roch, the first ship to circumnavigate North America, arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
1945 – First combat mission of the Consolidated B-32 Dominator heavy bomber.
1935 – First flight of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter aeroplane.
1931 – Michele Schirru, a citizen of the United States, is executed by Italian military firing squad for intent to kill Benito Mussolini.
1900 – N'Djamena is founded as Fort-Lamy by the French commander Émile Gentil.
1886 – The pharmacist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, which appeared in The Atlanta Journal.
1864 – Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico arrives in Mexico for the first time.
1861 – The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce is founded, in Hong Kong.
1852 – Jenny Lind leaves New York after her two-year American tour.
1790 – Rhode Island becomes the last of the original United States' colonies to ratify the Constitution and is admitted as the 13th U.S. state.
1780 – American Revolutionary War: At the Battle of Waxhaws, the British continue attacking after the Continentals lay down their arms, killing 113 and critically wounding all but 53 that remained.
1990 – Joe Biagini, American baseball pitcher. He previously played for the Toronto Blue Jays.
1989 – Ezekiel Ansah, Ghanaian-American football player. Ezekiel Nana "Ziggy" Ansah (born May 29, 1989) is a Ghanaian-born American football defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL).
1989 – Riley Keough, American model and actress. She is the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley with Danny Keough, and the eldest grandchild of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.
1984 – Carmelo Anthony, American basketball player. Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1984 – Funmi Jimoh, American long jumper. Oluwafunmilayo Kemi Jimoh (born May 29, 1984 in Seattle, Washington), commonly known as Funmi Jimoh, is an American long jumper, who competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
1982 – Matt Macri, American baseball player. Matthew Michael Macri (born May 29, 1982 in Des Moines, Iowa) is a Major League Baseball player who plays third base.
1979 – Brian Kendrick, American wrestler. Brian David Kendrick (born May 29, 1979) is an American professional wrestler and promoter currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live brand under the ring name The Brian Kendrick.
1979 – John Rheinecker, American baseball player, was an American professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers.
1978 – Lorenzo Odone, Italian-American adrenoleukodystrophy patient who inspired the 1992 film, Lorenzo's Oil (d. 2008). Augusto Daniel Odone (March 6, 1933 – October 24, 2013) and Michaela Teresa Murphy Odone (January 10, 1939 – June 10, 2000) were the parents of Lorenzo Michael Murphy Odone (May 29, 1978 – May 30, 2008), a child with the illness adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).
1976 – Jerry Hairston Jr., American baseball player and sportscaster. He played every position except pitcher and catcher during his baseball career.
1976 – Raef LaFrentz, American basketball player. He was known for his perimeter shooting and his shot blocking abilities.
1975 – Daniel Tosh, American comedian, television host, actor, writer, and executive producer. He is known for his deliberately offensive and controversial style of black comedy, as the host of the Comedy Central television show Tosh.0, and as the star of stand-up comedy tours and specials.
1974 – Aaron McGruder, American author and cartoonist, was the creator, executive producer, and head writer.
1974 – Steve Cardenas, American martial artist and retired actor. Cardenas is best known for playing the character Rocky DeSantos, which was the second Red Power Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and eventually became the Blue Zeo Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo, two seasons later.
1972 – Bill Curley, American basketball player and coach. William Michael Curley (born May 29, 1972) is a retired American professional basketball player, formerly in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1968 – Tate George, American basketball player, was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the 22nd overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft from the University of Connecticut. A 6'5" (1.96 m) and 190 lb (86 kg) guard, he played a total of four years in the NBA for the Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 4.2 points per game in his career.
1967 – Steven Levitt, American economist, author, and academic. Steven David "Steve" Levitt (born May 29, 1967) is an American economist and co-author of the best-selling book Freakonomics and its sequels (along with Stephen J.
1964 – Howard Mills III, American academic and politician. Mills III (born May 29, 1964) is an American insurance consultant and former politician from Goshen, New York.
1961 – John Miceli, American drummer. John Miceli (born May 29, 1961 in Long Island, New York) is the drummer for Meat Loaf's backing band, the Neverland Express.
1961 – Melissa Etheridge, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. The album peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200, and its lead single, "Bring Me Some Water", garnered Etheridge her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female.
1958 – Annette Bening, American actress. She was nominated for the 1987 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her Broadway debut in Coastal Disturbances and for the 2019 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for All My Sons.
1958 – Mike Stenhouse, American baseball player and sportscaster. Michael Steven Stenhouse (born May 29, 1958 in Pueblo, Colorado) is a former outfielder, first baseman, and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Montreal Expos from 1982-1984, the Minnesota Twins in 1985, and the Boston Red Sox in 1986.
1957 – Jeb Hensarling, American lawyer and politician. Thomas Jeb Hensarling (born May 29, 1957) is an American politician who served as the member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas's 5th congressional district from 2003 to 2019.
1956 – La Toya Jackson, American singer-songwriter and actress. Thereafter, she saw success as a solo recording artist under multiple record labels in the 1980s and 1990s, including Polydor, Sony Music and RCA, where she released nine studio albums over the course of fifteen years.
1955 – David Kirschner, American animator, producer, and author. His producing credits include the animated feature An American Tail and Child's Play horror film series.
1955 – John Hinckley Jr., American attempted assassin of Ronald Reagan. He wounded Reagan with a bullet from a revolver that ricocheted and hit Reagan in the chest.
1955 – Ken Schrader, American race car driver and sportscaster. He raced in the NASCAR Cup Series from 1981 to 2013.
1954 – Jerry Moran, American lawyer and politician. Gerald Wesley Moran (born May 29, 1954) is an American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Kansas since 2011.
1954 – Robert Beaser, American composer and educator. Robert Beaser (born May 29, 1954, Boston, Massachusetts) is an American composer.
1953 – Danny Elfman, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor. He first became well known as the singer-songwriter for the new wave band Oingo Boingo in the early 1980s, and has since garnered international recognition for writing over 100 feature film scores, as well as compositions for television, stage productions and the concert hall.
1950 – Rebbie Jackson, American singer and actress. She first performed on stage with her siblings during shows in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in 1974, before subsequently appearing in the television series The Jacksons.
1949 – Robert Axelrod, American actor and screenwriter. He is best known for his interdisciplinary work the evolution of cooperation, which has been cited in numerous articles.
1947 – Anthony Geary, American actor. He originated the role of Luke in 1978 and received a record eight Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series prior to his retirement.
1945 – Joyce Tenneson, American photographer. Joyce Tenneson (born in Weston, Massachusetts on May 29, 1945) is an American fine art photographer known for her distinctive style of photography, which often involves nude or semi-nude women.
1944 – Bob Benmosche, American businessman (d. 2015), was the president and chief executive officer of American International Group (NYSE: AIG). He was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer by the US Department of Treasury and AIG Board of Directors to succeed Edward M.
1943 – Robert W. Edgar, American educator and politician (d. 2013), was an American businessman, politician and administrator from Pennsylvania, and a member of the Democratic Party. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1987, representing the 7th district of Pennsylvania.
1941 – Bob Simon, American journalist (d. 2015), was an American television correspondent for CBS News. During his career, he covered crises, war, and unrest in 67 countries.
1939 – Al Unser, American race car driver. Alfred "Al" Unser (born May 29, 1939) is an American automobile racing driver, the younger brother of fellow racing drivers Jerry and Bobby Unser, and father of Al Unser Jr.
1938 – Fay Vincent, American lawyer and businessman. Francis Thomas Vincent Jr. (born May 29, 1938), known as Fay Vincent, is a former entertainment lawyer, securities regulator, and sports executive who served as the eighth Commissioner of Major League Baseball from September 13, 1989 to September 7, 1992.
1937 – Charles W. Pickering, American lawyer and judge. Charles Willis Pickering Sr. (born May 29, 1937) is a retired jurist who served as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi and, briefly, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, based in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1937 – Harry Statham, American basketball player and coach. His 1,122 wins during his 52 seasons at McKendree University of Lebanon, Illinois, are second most by any men's or women's basketball head coach at a four-year college or university in the United States.
1932 – Paul R. Ehrlich, American biologist and author. Paul Ralph Ehrlich (born May 29, 1932) is an American biologist, best known for his warnings about the consequences of population growth and limited resources.
1932 – Richie Guerin, American basketball player and coach. Louis/Atlanta Hawks franchise where he spent nine years.
1929 – Harry Frankfurt, American philosopher and academic. He is professor emeritus of philosophy at Princeton University, where he taught from 1990 until 2002, and previously taught at Yale University, Rockefeller University, and Ohio State University.
1929 – Roberto Vargas, Puerto Rican-American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2014), was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Milwaukee Braves of the National League during the 1955 season. Listed at 5' 11", Weight: 170 lb., Vargas batted and threw left handed.
1924 – Pepper Paire, American baseball player (d. 2013), was a baseball catcher and infielder who played from 1944 through 1953 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m), 138 lb., she batted and threw right-handed.
1923 – Eugene Wright, American jazz bassist. Eugene Joseph Wright (born May 29, 1923), nicknamed The Senator, is an American jazz bassist, best known for his work as a member of The Dave Brubeck Quartet, in particular on the group's most famous album, Time Out (1959), with pianist Brubeck, drummer Joe Morello and alto saxophonist Paul Desmond.
1922 – Joe Weatherly, American race car driver (d. 1964), was an American stock car racing driver. Weatherly was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2009 after winning NASCAR's Grand National (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) championships in 1962 and 1963, three AMA Grand National Championships, and two NASCAR Modified championships.
1920 – Clifton James, American actor (d. 2017), was an American actor, best known for his roles as Sheriff J.W. Pepper alongside Roger Moore in the James Bond films Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), the sheriff in Silver Streak (1976), a Texas tycoon in The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977), as the owner of the scandalous 1919 Chicago White Sox baseball team in Eight Men Out (1988), and earlier in his acting career as a prison floorwalker in Cool Hand Luke (1967).
1920 – John Harsanyi, Hungarian-American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000). First prize in Eötvös mathematics competition
1917 – John F. Kennedy, American lieutenant and politician, 35th President of the United States (d. 1963), was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his work as president concerned relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba.
1914 – Stacy Keach Sr., American actor (d. 2003), was an American actor whose screen career spanned six decades.
1913 – Tony Zale, American boxer (d. 1997). Zale was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, a steel town, which gave him his nickname, "Man of Steel".
1910 – Ralph Metcalfe, American sprinter and politician (d. 1978), was an American track and field sprinter and politician. He jointly held the world record in the 100-meter dash and placed second in that event in two Olympics, first to Eddie Tolan in 1932 at Los Angeles and then to Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany.
1903 – Bob Hope, English-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2003), was an English-American stand-up comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author. With a career that spanned nearly 80 years, Hope appeared in more than 70 short and feature films, with 54 feature films with Hope as star, including a series of seven "Road" musical comedy movies with Bing Crosby as Hope's top-billed partner.
1897 – Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Czech-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1957), was an Austrian-born composer and conductor. A child prodigy, he became one of the most important and influential composers in Hollywood history.
1894 – Josef von Sternberg, Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1969), was an Austrian-American filmmaker whose career successfully spanned the transition from the silent to the sound era, during which he worked with most of the major Hollywood studios. He is best known for his film collaboration with actress Marlene Dietrich in the 1930s, including the highly regarded Paramount/UFA production, The Blue Angel (1930).
1893 – Max Brand, American journalist and author (d. 1944), was an American author known primarily for his thoughtful and literary Westerns under the pen name Max Brand. He (as Max Brand) also created the popular fictional character of young medical intern Dr.
1871 – Clark Voorhees, American painter (d. 1933), was an American Impressionist and Tonalist landscape painter and one of the founders of the Old Lyme Art Colony.
1823 – John H. Balsley, American carpenter and inventor (d. 1895). Balsley (May 29, 1823 – March 12, 1895) was a master carpenter and inventor, inventing a practical folding wooden stepladder and receiving the first U.S. patent issued for a safety stepladder in the year.
1736 – Patrick Henry, American lawyer and politician, 1st Governor of Virginia (d. 1799), was an American attorney, planter, and orator best known for his declaration to the Second Virginia Convention (1775): "Give me liberty, or give me death!" A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786.
2015 – Betsy Palmer, American actress (b. 1926)
2015 – Doris Hart, American tennis player (b. 1925)
2015 – Henry Carr, American football player and sprinter (b. 1942)
2014 – Herman Rattliff, American businessman and politician (b. 1926)
2014 – Peter Glaser, Czech-American scientist and engineer (b. 1923)
2014 – William M. Roth, American businessman (b. 1916)
2013 – Andrew Greeley, American priest, sociologist, and author (b. 1928)
2013 – Mulgrew Miller, American pianist and composer (b. 1955)
2013 – Richard Ballantine, American-English journalist and author (b. 1940)
2012 – Doc Watson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1923)
2011 – Bill Clements, American soldier and politician, 42nd Governor of Texas (b. 1917)
2010 – Dennis Hopper, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1936)
2008 – Harvey Korman, American actor and comedian (b. 1927)
2005 – George Rochberg, American soldier and composer (b. 1918)
2004 – Archibald Cox, American lawyer and politician, 31st United States Solicitor General (b. 1912)
2004 – Samuel Dash, American academic and politician (b. 1925)
1998 – Barry Goldwater, American general, activist, and politician (b. 1909)
1997 – Jeff Buckley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1966)
1996 – Tamara Toumanova, American ballerina and actress (b. 1919)
1993 – Billy Conn, American boxer (b. 1917)
1989 – George C. Homans, American sociologist and academic (b. 1910)
1979 – John H. Wood Jr., American lawyer and judge (b. 1916)
1979 – Mary Pickford, Canadian-American actress, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded United Artists (b. 1892)
1972 – Moe Berg, American baseball player, coach, and spy (b. 1902)
1972 – Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-American engineer and academic (b. 1878)
1970 – Eva Hesse, American artist (b. 1936)
1970 – John Gunther, American journalist and author (b. 1901)
1953 – Morgan Russell, American painter and educator (b. 1886)
1951 – Fanny Brice, American singer and comedian (b. 1891)
1942 – John Barrymore, American actor (b. 1882)
1939 – Ursula Ledóchowska, Austrian-Polish nun and saint, founded the Congregation of the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus (b. 1865)
1921 – Abbott Handerson Thayer, American painter and educator (b. 1849)
1919 – Robert Bacon, American colonel and politician, 39th United States Secretary of State (b. 1860)
1917 – Kate Harrington, American poet and educator (b. 1831)
1903 – Bruce Price, American architect, designed the Château Frontenac and American Surety Building (b. 1845)
1892 – Bahá'u'lláh, Persian religious leader, founded the Bahá'í Faith (b. 1817)
1866 – Winfield Scott, American general, lawyer, and politician (b. 1786)
1814 – Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte (b. 1763)