This Day In History – May 30th

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1431 – Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen France, she was 19.

1527 – The University of Marburg was founded in Germany.

1539 – Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto’s expedition of 10 ships and 700 men landed in Florida.

1783 – The first daily newspaper was published in the U.S. by Benjamin Towner called “The Pennsylvania Evening Post”

1814 – The First Treaty of Paris was declared, which returned France to its 1792 borders.

1848 – W.G. Young patented the ice cream freezer.

1854 – The U.S. territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.

1868 – Memorial Day was observed widely for the first time in the U.S.

1879 – William Vanderbilt renamed New York City’s Gilmore’s Garden to Madison Square Garden.

1883 – Twelve people were trampled to death in New York City in a stampede when a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was in danger of collapsing occurred.

1896 – The first automobile accident occurred in New York City.

1903 – In Riverdale, NY, the first American motorcycle hill climb was held.

1911 – The first Indy 500 took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; the winner was Ray Harroun, who drove a Marmon Wasp for more than 6 1/2 hours at an average speed of 74.6 mph and collected a prize of $10,000

1912 – The U.S. Marines were sent to Nicaragua to protect American interests.

1913 – The First Balkan War ended.

1921 – The U.S. Navy transferred the Teapot Dome oil reserves to the Department of the Interior.

1922 – The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in a ceremony attended by President Warren G. Harding, Chief Justice William Howard Taft, and Robert Todd Lincoln.

1933 – Sally Rand introduced her exotic and erotic fan dance to audiences at Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition.

1935 – Babe Ruth played in his last major league baseball game for the Boston Braves, leaving after the first inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies, who won both games (Ruth announced his retirement three days later).

1943 – American forces secured the Aleutian island of Attu from the Japanese during World War II.

1958 – Unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean conflicts were buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

1967 – Daredevil Evel Knievel jumped 16 automobiles in a row in a motorcycle stunt at Ascot Speedway in Gardena, CA.

1967 – The state of Biafra seceded from Nigeria and Civil war erupted.

1971 – Mariner 9, the American deep space probe blasted off on a journey to Mars.

1971 – Blue Ribbon Sports officially became Nike, Inc.

1981 – In Chittagong, Bangladesh, President Ziaur Rahman was assassinated.

1982 – Spain became the 16th NATO member. Spain was the first country to enter the Western alliance since West Germany in 1955.

1983 – Peru’s President Fernando Belaunde Terry declared a state of emergency and suspended civil rights after bombings by leftist rebels.

1989 – The “Goddess of Democracy” statue (33 feet height) was erected in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.

1996 – Britain’s Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their 10-year marriage.

1997 – Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, NJ, of raping and strangling a 7-year-old neighbor, Megan Kanka. The 1994 murder inspired “Megan’s Law,” requiring that communities be notified when sex offenders move in.

1998 – A powerful earthquake hit northern Afghanistan killing up to 5,000.

2002 – In New York, a ceremony was held to officially mark the end of the clean up from the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

2012 – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the Portion Cap Rule. The proposed amendment to the city health code would have required that food service establishments limit the size of sugary beverages to 16 ounces. On June 26, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the New York City Board of Health had exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority.


Peter I (Russia) 1672

Arthur Vining Davis 1867

Stepin Fetchit 1892

Cornelia Otis Skinner 1901

Mel Blanc 1908

Benny Goodman 1909

Joseph Stein 1912

Pee Wee Erwin 1913

Frank Blair 1915

Joseph W. Kennedy 1916

George London 1920

Franklin Schaffner 1920

Johnny Gimble 1926

Clint Walker 1927

Ruta Lee 1936

Keir Dullea 1936

Dave Hill 1937

Michael J. Pollard 1939

Gale Sayers 1943 – Football player

Lenny Davidson 1944 – Musician (The Dave Clark Five)

Meredith MacRae 1945

Stephen Tobolowsky 1951

Colm Meaney 1953

Nicky “Topper” Headon 1955 – Musician (The Clash)

Ted McGinley 1958

Marie Fredriksson 1958 – Musician (Roxette)

Ralph Carter 1961

Wynonna Judd 1964 – Country musician (The Judds)

Tom Morello 1964 – Musician (Rage Against The Machine)

Patrick Dahlheimer 1971 – Musician (Live)

Manny Ramirez 1972