AP Highlight in History: On May 29, 1953, Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit.
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England's King Charles II was restored to the monarchy after an interregnum of 11 years.
Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses, saying, "If this be treason, make the most of it!"
Rhode Island became the last of the original 13 colonies to ratify the United States Constitution.
Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union.
John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was born in Brookline, Mass.
Bing Crosby recorded Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" in Los Angeles for Decca Records.
President Ronald Reagan began his first visit to the Soviet Union as he arrived in Moscow for a superpower summit with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic by the Russian parliament.
Space shuttle Discovery completed the first docking with the International Space Station.
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Four followers of Osama bin Laden were convicted in New York of a global conspiracy to murder Americans, including the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people. (All were sentenced to life in prison.)
A memorial to America's World War II veterans was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
French voters soundly rejected the European Union's proposed constitution.
Jay Leno ended his first stint as host of "The Tonight Show." (Following a short-lived prime-time show, Leno was back on NBC's late night mainstay in February 2010.)
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in major league history, beating the Florida Marlins 1-0.