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This Day in History

Sunday, May 29, 2016
Born on this day
1917  - Assassinated US President, John F Kennedy, is born. [more]
1921  - Norman Hetherington, creator of the ABC's longest-running television series ‘Mr Squiggle’, is born. [more]
Australian Explorers
1874  - Australian explorer Giles finishes his last keg of water on his desperate attempt to reach his base camp. [more]
Australian History
1861  - George Goyder, responsible for the controversial "Goyder Line", becomes Surveyor-General of South Australia. [more]
1880  - The Great Hall of Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building is opened to the public for the first time. [more]
1917  - Tasmania's coat of arms is approved by Royal Warrant from King George V. [more]
World History
1453  - Constantinople, capital of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire, finally falls to the Ottoman Empire. [more]
1914  - One of shipping's greatest peace-time disasters occurs as the Empress of Ireland collides with a Norwegian freighter, killing over 1000. [more]
1953  - Sir Edmund Hillary reaches the summit of Mt Everest. [more]

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