May 29, 1721
1721 South Carolina was formally rechartered as a royal colony. At the time, all of what would become Georgia was included within the southern limits of South Carolina.
May 29, 1866
1866 Gen. Winfield Scott, who had overall military responsibility for removing the Cherokees to the West on the Trail of Tears, died at age 79.
May 29, 1910
1910 African American track star and politician Ralph Metcalfe (also spelled Metcalf) was born in Atlanta. He would hold the world record in the 100- and 200-yard dash, win a bronze medal in the 1932 Olympics, and a gold and silver (finishing second to Jesse Owens in the 100-meter dash) at the 1936 Olympics. From 1971-78, Metcalfe served in Congress as a U.S. representative from Illinois. Prior to his death in 1978, he helped create the Congressional Black Caucus.
May 29, 1913
1913 Officials of the National Pencil Factory claimed that Jim Conley was the true murderer of Mary Phagan. Atlanta detectives said they believed Conley’s story, though admitting it had changed several times and still had many inconsistencies.
May 29, 1969
1969 Ruth Eiseman-Schier was convicted for her role in the Barbara Mackle kidnapping. She and Gary Steven Krist had buried Mackle in an underground box for 83 hours. After her family paid a $500,000 ransom, the kidnappers phoned the FBI with instructions on Mackle’s location.
May 29, 1976
1976 Atlanta Braves pitcher Phil Niekro gave up a home run to his brother -- Houston Astros pitcher Joe Niekro -- which helped the Astros to a 4-3 win over the Braves. This would prove Joe Niekro’s only major league home run.
May 29, 1994
1994 The Atlanta Braves traded outfielder Deion Sanders to Cincinnati in return for outfielder Roberto Kelly and pitcher Roger Etheridge.
May 29, 1995
1995 Although official first day of issue ceremonies for a new POW-MIA stamp were held in Washington, D.C. special first day ceremonies were also held in Andersonville, Ga.