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This Day in History – 29th May

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This Day in History is DUE’s daily dose of trivia for all the history buffs out there. So sit back and take a ride to all the fascinating things that happened today!

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people, and hence, every day has been a significant one in the foibles of History. Let’s take a tour of “This Day in History – 25th of May”.

1727 Peter II becomes Tsar of Russia aged 11

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Peter II Alexeyevich reigned as Emperor of Russia from 1727 until his untimely death. He was the only son of Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich and Charlotte Christine of Brunswick-Lüneburg. He was the last agnatic member of the House of Romanov.

1790 Rhode Island becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying US Constitution

The supreme law of the United States of America, the US Constitution was drafted by the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention which took place between May 25 and September 17, 1787. On this day in History, Rhode Island had ratified the US Consitution.

1886 American chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola

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American chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola.
American chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola. (Image Source: All That’s Interesting)

In May 1886, he developed an early version of a beverage that would later become Coca-Cola but sold his rights to the drink shortly before his death.

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1919 Eddington experiment

Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, that when light passes a large body, gravity will bend the rays confirmed by Arthur Eddington’s expedition to photograph a solar eclipse on the island of Principe, West Africa.

1953 Hillary and Norgay reach Mount Everest

Tenzing Norgay brandishes his ice axe on the summit of Mount Everest.
Tenzing Norgay brandishes his ice axe on the summit of Mount Everest. (Image Source: onthisday.com)

Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition.

1953 500th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople and the end of the Byzantine Empire (to Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II)

The attacking Ottoman army, which significantly outnumbered Constantinople’s defenders, was commanded by the 21-year-old Sultan Mehmed II while the Byzantine army was led by Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos. After conquering the city, Mehmed II made Constantinople the new Ottoman capital, replacing Adrianople. This marked the fall of Constantinople.

1989 Goddess of Democracy erected in China

The Goddess of Democracy
The Goddess of Democracy (Image Source: onthisday.com)

Student pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, China construct a replica of the Statue of Liberty, naming it the Goddess of Democracy.

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