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1431 Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.

Christopher Columbus1498 Christopher Columbus embarked on his third voyage.

Hernando de Soto1539 Hernando de Soto landed at present-day Tampa Bay.

1574 King Charles IX of France died.

1593 Playwright Christopher Marlowe died.

Peter Paul Rubens1640 Painter Peter Paul Rubens died.

1744 Poet Alexander Pope died.

1778 Author Voltaire died.

1783 Benjamin Tower published the first daily newspaper in the United States, in Philadelphia.

Andrew Jackson1806 Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson's wife of bigamy.

1821 James Boyd patented rubber fire hose.

1848 William G. Young patented an ice cream freezer.
1848 Mexico ratified a treaty giving New Mexico, California, and parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado to the United States in return for $15 million.

Kansas-Nebraska Act1854 The Kansas-Nebraska Act became law.

Hudson's Bay Company1858 The Hudson's Bay Company's rights to Vancouver Island were revoked.

1868 Memorial Day was first observed in the United States.

Boxer Rebellion1900 The Manchus declared war against all foreign powers in China.

Mel Blanc1908 Voice actor Mel Blanc was born.

1909 Jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman was born.

1911 Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500, with an average speed of 74.59 miles per hour.
1911 Board game magnate Milton Bradley died.

Wilbur Wright1912 Wilbur Wright, co-inventor of the airplane, died.

First Balkan War1913 The First Balkan War ended with the signing of a treaty in London.

Lincoln Memorial1922 The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated.

1925 Peter DePaolo became the first man to average over 100 mph in the Indianapolis 500.

1935 Babe Ruth played his final game.

Gale Sayers1943 Football player Gale Sayers was born.

Sam Hanks1957 Sam Hanks won the Indianapolis 500 on May 30 with a record average speed of 135.6 miles per hour.

Tomb of the Unknowns1958 Unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean War were interred at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

1959 The world's first hovercraft (SR-N1) was tested at Cowes, England.

Boris Pasternak1960 Author Boris Pasternak died.

Rafael Trujillo1961 Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo was assassinated.

1964 Singer Wynonna Judd was born.

Surveyor Program1966 Surveyor 1 was launched from Cape Canaveral on a course to the Moon.

Biafra1967 Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu declared the Eastern Region of Nigeria an independent republic called Biafra.
1967 Actor Claude Rains died.

1975 The European Space Agency was formed.

1991 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors can be sued for legal advice they give police and can be held accountable for actions resulting from that advice.

Ezra Taft Benson1994 Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Mormon Church, died.

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