29th May

The events happened on 29th May are :

1953 : Mount Everest summit reached by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay : After no fewer than 10 attempts, Mount Everest was finally surmounted in 1953, as the result of efforts by an expedition sponsored by the Royal Geographical Society and the Joint Himalayan Committee of the Alpine Club. Open- and closed-circuit oxygen systems, specially insulated boots and clothing, and portable radio equipment were used by the climbers. Eight camps were established on the route that was taken up the Khumbu Icefall and Glacier, the Western Cwm, and the face of Lhotse to the South Col, a rocky ridge at about 8,000 metres (26,200 feet). From there, on this day, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Tibet ascended the Southeast Ridge, past South Summit, to the top.

1905 : The Russian navy was defeated in the Battle of Tsushima during the Russo-Japanese War.

1860 : Composer and virtuoso pianist Isaac Albéniz was born in Camprodón, Spain.

1848 : Wisconsin became the 30th state of the Union; Madison became the state capital the same year.

1736 : Orator and major American Revolution figure Patrick Henry was born in Studley, Virginia.

1658 : The Battle of Samugarh was fought in a contest for the throne between the sons of the Mughal emperor Shāh Jahān following the emperor's serious illness in September 1657.

1453 : Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire fell to the Ottoman Turks.

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