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On May the 29th
In France a referendum was held in which the French people voted down the European constitution.
In Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, four Islamist terrorists attacked two oil installations and a foreign workers housing complex, taking more than 50 hostages and killing 22 of them. It was reported that the kidnappers asked the hostages if they were Christians or Muslims, letting the Muslims go.
German politician, Erich Honecker, died at the age of 82. He was the leader of communist East Germany from 1971 until 1989. After the re-unification of Germany he fled to the Soviet Union but was later extradited by the new Russian government and faced charges for high treason and the murder of 192 Germans who were killed while trying to escape East Germany during the cold war.
During the European Cup final match between Liverpool FC and Juventus fighting between English and Italian hooligans resulted in the death of 39 people. As a result all English teams were banned from European tournaments for 5 years.
Football club, Manchester United, won the European Cup, becoming the first English Club to do so.
Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Construction of the Hoover Dam was completed. Construction took 5 years and it was named after Herbert Hoover, who played an instrumental role in its construction, first as Secretary of Commerce and then later as the 31st President of the United States.
American politician, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. He became the 35th President of the United States and was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on Friday, November 22, 1963. The legacy of both his presidency and his assassination is still a controversial issue in the United States.
The Ocean liner 'RMS Empress' sank in the Gulf of St. Lawrence after a collision with a Norwegian coal freighter. 1,024 people died as a result.
British-born comedian, Bob Hope, was born in London, England. He was one of the all-time great entertainment industry personas of the 20th century. He lived to be over 100 years old and was said to be worth over 1 billion dollars at the time of his death.
Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire under the command of Sultan Mehmed II.
Constantine XI Paleologus died during the battle in which the city of Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Empire. He was the last emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
Italian poet, Dante Alighieri, was born in Florence. He is considered as one of the greatest literary figures in history. His greatest work, 'la Divina Commedia' (The Divine Comedy), is considered as the greatest piece of literary work produced in Europe during the Middle Ages.
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