May 29: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, May 29, 1999, the Space Shuttle Discovery became the first to dock with the International Space Station?

May 29th celebrates Paper Clip Day as well as Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day.

Welcome to day 149 of the year folks, there are 216 days left of the year.

Learn the facts about what happened on this day throughout history, including important events & fun happenings that occurred today.

Did you know that on this day in 1999, the Space Shuttle Discovery became the first to dock with the International Space Station? This was the Space Shuttle program’s second ISS mission.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 29th in history!

What Events Happened On May 29 In History?

2019 Transgender became no longer classified as a mental health illness by the World Health Organization.


2018 Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko faked his own death.

The media reported that Arkady had been assassinated on his way home to his Kyiv apartment. He appeared on a live Ukrainian television at a press conference the next day. The staged death was intended to expose Russian agents.

2018 Starbucks closed over 8,000 US stores.

OTD in 2018: Starbucks closed over 8

The temporary closures were to make time for racial bias training – training 175,000 employees. The training session was not mandatory but encouraged.


2015 Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow, premiered in Paris.

2010 In the Super Rugby Final at Orlando Stadium, the Bulls defended their title with a 25-17 win over the Stormers in an all-South African final.

2005 France voted against ratifying the proposed Constitution of the European Union.

2004 The World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C, dedicated by President George W. Bush.

OTD in 2004: The World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington

1999 The Space Shuttle Discovery completed the first docking with the International Space Station.


1968 Manchester United became the first English football team to win the European Cup.


1885 Jan Matzeliger gave a public demonstration about his shoe-producing invention in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Matzeliger had invented a machine that could mass-produce shoes. During his demonstration, he produced 75 pairs of shoes which was much higher than possible by hand workers.

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1851 Black women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth gave her famous speech “Ain’t I A Woman?” at the Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.

Truth was the first black lady to publicly address that there should be equal rights for black women and men. She dedicated her life to fighting for equal rights and is known as one of the most influential black women orators of the 19th Century.

1790 Rhode Island became the thirteenth colony to enter the Union after the United States Constitution’s ratification.

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1328 Philip VI was coronated and became King of France.

OTD in 1328: Philip VI was coronated and became King of France.

Philip, also known as the fortunate king, was the first King of France from the House of Valois. He reigned France until his death in 1350.

Famous Quotes Said On May 29

What is your favorite quote from May 29th? Here are the most noteworthy quotes said on this day in history.


“Absence is the highest form of presence.”

– James Joyce


“All life is just a progression toward, and then a recession from, one phrase – ‘I love you.’”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Famous People Born On May 29

Is today your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with Noel Gallagher. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.

1917 John F. Kennedy

American President

John F. Kennedy
Died On:
Nov 22, 1963 (Age 46)
Born In:
Massachusetts, USA

1975 Mel B

English Singer

Mel B
48 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1967 Noel Gallagher

English Singer

Noel Gallagher
56 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1989 Brandon Mychal Smith

American Actor

Brandon Mychal Smith
34 years old
Born In:
California, USA

Special Holidays On May 29

Are you looking for something to do today? Then why not find time today to celebrate the following special holidays.

May 29: National Paper Clip Day

National Paper Clip Day

Paperclips are so handy and versatile that the first patent for one was actually to clip paper to fabric, not for holding paper together! Celebrate today by learning new uses for this humble invention; we’re sure there are some that you don’t know yet!

May 29: Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day

Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day

This time-honored tradition goes back hundreds of years and is widely celebrated for bringing about good luck and prosperity. So grab yourself a piece of that good fortune by placing your pillow on top of your fridge. If there’s no room, inside your fridge also works!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Eminem’s mother filed an $11 million defamation lawsuit against him because of his lyrics about her. She settled for $25,000, and $23,354.25 of that went to her lawyer.

May 29 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on May 29th shares the star sign of Gemini.

Life with a Gemini is rarely dull. Geminis get bored easily, and they don’t like it, so they’ll go out of their way to cure this boredom and find some new and interesting ideas to explore.

All those born in the month of May have the Emerald birthstone. The emerald is associated with fertility, love, and rebirth and provides wisdom, growth, and patience.

For people born on May 29, your estimated date of conception falls on September 5 in the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on May 29th, 2023, will be due next year around February 19th.

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