2021 May

May 29: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 29

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.

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

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 Happened On May 29 In History?


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

Source BBC

Boris Johnson was ordered to appear in court after claims that he lied to the public throughout Britain’s Brexit campaign.

Source BBC

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko faked his own death.

Media reported that Arkady had been assassinated on his way home to his Kiev apartment. The next day, he appeared on a live Ukrainian television at a press conference. The staged death was intended to expose Russian agents.

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.
Source NPR

Jurassic World directed by Colin Trevorrow premiered in Paris.


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.


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

The end result was voted on "No."

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

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

Source NASA

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

Source BBC

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.
Source GBH News

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.

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


Philip VI was coronated on this day 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.

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