30 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Peter Carl Fabergé, 1846
  • Howard Hawks, 1896
  • Irving Thalberg, 1899
  • Cornelia Otis Skinner, 1901
  • Stepin Fetchit, 1902
  • Mel Blanc, 1908
  • Benny Goodman, 1909
  • Christine Jorgensen (born George), 1926
  • Clint Walker, 1927
  • Aleksey Leonov, 1934
  • Keir Dullea, 1936
  • Michael J. Pollard, 1939
  • Meredith MacRae, 1944
  • Harry Enfield, 1951
  • Wynonna Judd, 1964
  • Manny Ramirez, 1972

Died On This Day:

  • St. Joan of Arc burnt at stake, 1431
  • Christopher Marlowe, 1593
  • Peter Paul Rubens, 1640
  • Alexander Pope, 1744
  • Voltaire, 1778
  • Wilbur Wright, 1912
  • Dooley Wilson, 1953
  • Boris Pasternak, 1960
  • Rafael Trujillo assassinated, 1961
  • Claude Rains, 1967
  • Paul Desmond, 1977
  • Perry Ellis, 1986
  • Claude Pepper, 1989

Today's Events:

  • 1431 - In Rouen, France, Joan of Arc, age 19, is burned at the stake for her 'crimes'; cleared of all charges 25 years later.
  • 1498 - Christopher Columbus sets sail with six ships from Spain on 3rd voyage to discover South Americas.
  • 1536 - Henry VIII marries his third wife, Jane Seymour 11 days after Anne Boleyn got the chop.
  • 1539 - Fernando de Soto lands in Florida to begin Spanish dominion.
  • 1783 - Benjamin Towne publishes the first daily newspaper in the U.S. - Pennsylvania Evening Post in Philly.
  • 1806 - Andrew Jackson, 'Old Hickory,' wounded in duel in which he killed Charlie Dickinson in Kentucky.
  • 1814 - First treaty of Paris. Russia, Prussia, Austria & Britain happy with Napoleon's exile.
  • 1868 - First major Memorial Day (Decoration Day) observance held to honor Civil War dead.
  • 1876 - The Truss patented by inventor Harvey A. Stephenson.
  • 1894 - Robert Lowe of Boston becomes first major league baseball player to hit four homers in one game.
  • 1896 - World's first automobile accident in New York. Duryea car collides with bicycle.
  • 1898 - Scottish chemist Sir William Ramsay and English chemist Morris Travers discover Krypton, atomic number 36.
  • 1911 - First Indianapolis 500-mile race run; winner is Ray Hourroun with average speed of 74.6 mph.
  • 1913 - First Balkan War ends after 8 months with signing of Treaty of London; Turkey abandons Crete.
  • 1922 - Lincoln Memorial dedicated in Washington D.C.
  • 1972 - Japanese Red Army massacre-25 dead 76 wounded at Lod Airport, Tel Aviv.
  • 1977 - George Lucas and Steven Spielberg conceive idea for Indiana Jones trilogy on a beach in Hawaii.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Ferdinand III of Castile
  • Joan of Arc

Holiday:

  • Memorial Day or Decoration Day in U.S. (first observed 1868)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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