Thursday, May 29, 2008

Today in History: May 29

  • 1453 You can't go back to Constantinople. Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih capture Constantinople after a siege, ending the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1736 Patrick Henry "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
  • 1903 Thanks for the memories Bob Hope.

  • 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay are the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay's (adopted) 39th birthday.

  • 1990 Dow Jones Industrial Average hits a record 2,870.49

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1 comment:

  1. The Dow's rise is definitely impressive, but the problem with those raw numbers is that they don't take inflation into account.

    Hmm, wonder if there *is* an inflation-adjusted Dow graph available anywhere online. I've seen them for gas prices (and they were enlightening - we're not paying nearly as much, relatively speaking, as we think we are.)


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