May 29 in history

Slave Dick Pointer is hailed as a hero May 29, 1778, after helping save some 60 settlers attacked by Shawnee Indians at Fort Donnally near Lewisburg. His freedom purchased in 1801, Pointer is granted a life lease to a piece of land where he lives until his death at about age 89 in 1827.


John F. Kennedy, who will become a World War II hero, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the nation’s 35th president, is born May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Mass., the second son of Joe and Rose Kennedy.


Well-bread inventor Charles Strite on May 29, 1919, files for a patent on what will usher in the era of the modern, pop-up toaster. Before, the devices required a human to keep watch and turn the browned bread.


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