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Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
1498 Christopher Columbus embarked on his third voyage.
Hernando de Soto landed at present-day Tampa Bay.
King Charles IX of France died.
Playwright Christopher Marlowe died.
Painter Peter Paul Rubens died.
Alexander Pope died.
Tower published the first daily newspaper in the
United States, in Philadelphia.
1806 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.
1854 The Kansas-Nebraska Act became law.
1858 The Hudson's Bay Company's rights to
Vancouver Island were revoked.
Memorial Day was first observed in the United
The Manchus declared
war against all foreign powers in China.
Voice actor Mel Blanc was
Jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman was born.
Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis
500, with an average speed of 74.59 miles per
1911 Board game magnate Milton
Wilbur Wright, co-inventor of
the airplane, died.
The First Balkan War ended with the
signing of a treaty in London.
The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated.
DePaolo became the first man to average over 100
mph in the Indianapolis 500.
1935 Babe Ruth
played his final game.
Football player Gale Sayers was born.
1957 Sam Hanks won the Indianapolis 500 on May 30 with a record average speed
of 135.6 miles per hour.
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,
Author Boris Pasternak died.
Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo was
Wynonna Judd was born.
Surveyor 1 was launched from Cape Canaveral on a
course to the Moon.
Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu declared the Eastern
Region of Nigeria an independent republic called Biafra.
1967 Actor Claude Rains died.
The European Space Agency was formed.
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 Benson, President of
the Mormon Church, died.
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