May 30 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred,  famous birthdays, death day, legend quotes, and historical news on May 30.


Events on May 30

1498 Italian explorer Christopher Columbus embarks on his third voyage under the patronage of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.

1536 11 days after he had had his wife Anne Boleyn beheaded, King Henry VIII of England married Jane Seymour, former lady-in-waiting to Anne and to Henry’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

1640 Death of Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens, one of the most influential figures in Baroque art in northern Europe.

1744 Death of Alexander Pope, English poet and satirist whose works included The Rape of the Lock and the Dunciad.

1788 Death of Voltaire, French philosopher, scientist, moralist and man of letters.

1959 The first hovercraft was launched at Cowes, Isle of Wight off the south coast of England.

1959 The Auckland Harbour Bridge on New Zealand’s North Island is officially opened.

1960 Boris Pasternak, Russian novelist whose Dr. Zhivago became an international bestseller, dies aged 70.

1989 Food riots in Argentina threaten the economic policies of new president Carlos Menem.

1990 France bans imports of British beef in case it carries the BSE virus, known as “mad cow disease”.

Famous Birthdays on May 30

Peter Carl Faberge 1864, Russian goldsmith and jeweler popular with European royalty and especially famed for the bejeweled Easter eggs containing surprise gifts he made for the tsars to give to their tsarinas.

Mel Blanc 1908, American cartoon voice-over artist who provided the voices for Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

Benny Goodman 1909, American jazz clarinetist who was influential in the development of swing and also played classical music.

Quotes from Legend

War should belong to the tragic past, to history, it should find no place on humanity’s agenda for the future.

- Pope John Paul II, in a speech in Coventry on this day, 1982.

Historical News on May 30

Goddess of Democracy Outfaces Chairman Mao

Goddess of democracy outfaces chairman Mao on May 30
Goddess of democracy outfaces chairman Mao

1989 A defiant Goddess of Democracy and Freedom confronted the huge portrait of Chairman Mao in Peking’s Tiananmen Square this morning.

The 30 ft (9 m) figure, modeled on New York’s Statue of Liberty, was sculpted overnight by Chinese art students out of fiberglass and plaster.

A million people flooded the square again today to demand democratic reform, defying the martial law declaration of 10 days ago in an awesome confrontation with authority.

The pro-democracy campaign is now nationwide.

The divided party leadership will be forced to act soon, but how?

Japanese Red Army Raids Tel Aviv

1972 Three Japanese Red Army terrorists opened fire on unsuspecting passengers at Lod international airport in Tel Aviv today, killing 26 people.

The three men passed through security without any difficulty before taking automatic rifles from their bags and opening fire on the terrified crowds in the baggage hall.

Two of the terrorists were shot by security guards and the third was arrested.

They are reported to have been working for a Palestinian group in Lebanon.

2003 One of America’s greatest entertainers, Bob Hope, celebrates his 100th birthday.

Festivities include a fly-past by 1940s airplanes and the renaming of a Hollywood square in his honor.

Today has been declared Bob Hope Day in 35 US states.

Marlowe Killed in Pub Brawl

1593 The English playwright Christopher Marlowe is dead, killed in a London tavern brawl after an argument over religion.

He was 29 and had published only one of his plays.

Tamburlaine the Great is already recognized as a classic.

His Doctor Faustus remains unpublished.

His work has greatly influenced his contemporaries, Thomas Kyd and William Shakespeare.

But last year Marlowe was arrested for counterfeiting, and earlier this month he was arrested again, accused of heresy.

Indianapolis 500 is Fast but Safe

Ray harroun won 500 mile on May 30
Ray harroun won 500 mile on May 30

1911 The new face of high-speed motor racing made its debut today when Ray Harroun won a 500-mile (804-km) race held on a special 2.5-mile (4-km) brick-paved circuit at Indianapolis.

Harroun, who came out of retirement to drive his Marmon Wasp to victory, covered the 200 laps at an average speed of 74.59 mph (120 kph).

The prestigious Vanderbilt Cup race on Long Island has now been banned since today’s racing cars are too fast for safety on the open streets.

The Indianapolis Motor Raceway’s three-million-brick track points the way forward, drivers may risk their necks but the spectators are safe.

The Indianapolis 500 will be held every Memorial Day, the last Monday in May.

Joan Left to Burn

1431 Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, accused of being a witch, in Rouen today.

The last word she spoke before succumbing to the flames was “Jesus”.

She was 19.

The peasant maid whose “voices” led her to drive the English from Orleans and put King Charles VII on the throne was wounded in battle a year ago and captured.

Her Burgundian captors sold her to the English Duke of Bedford for 10,000 crowns.

The duke, not daring to execute her, handed her over to a church court in Rouen for a secret Inquisition trial.

The judges declared Joan’s vision diabolical and charged her with heresy and witchcraft.

Interrogated and tortured for months, she was finally tricked into admitting her guilt.

She retracted the confession and was then condemned as a relapsed heretic and sent to the stake.

King Charles VII did not lift a finger to help her.

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