Today in History
Today is Thursday, May 30, the 150th day of 2019. There are 215 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 30, 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.
On this date:
In 1381, the Peasants’ Revolt against economic injustice erupted in England during the reign of King Richard II; the king and his men, initially caught off-guard, were able to crush the rebellion several weeks later.
In 1431, Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen (roo-AHN’), France.
In 1883, 12 people were trampled to death in a stampede sparked by a rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in danger of collapsing.
In 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.
In 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 double-header against the Philadelphia Phillies, who won both games (Ruth announced his retirement three days later).
In 1937, ten people were killed when police fired on steelworkers demonstrating near the Republic Steel plant in South Chicago.
In 1943, during World War II, American troops secured the Aleutian island of Attu from Japanese forces.
In 1958, unidentified American service members killed in World War II and the Korean War were interred in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1989, student protesters in Beijing erected a “Goddess of Democracy” statue in Tiananmen Square (the statue was destroyed in the Chinese government’s crackdown).
In 1994, Mormon Church president Ezra Taft Benson died in Salt Lake City at age 94.
In 1996, Britain’s Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their 10-year marriage.
In 2008, diplomats from 111 nations meeting in Dublin, Ireland, formally adopted a landmark treaty banning cluster bombs. (The United States and other leading cluster bomb makers — Russia, China, Israel, India and Pakistan — boycotted the talks.)
Ten years ago: Britain’s Prince Harry raised money for an AIDS charity by playing in a polo match on Governors Island in New York Harbor. Internet sensation Susan Boyle placed second on “Britain’s Got Talent,” with dance troupe Diversity taking the top prize.
Five years ago: Beset by growing evidence of patient delays and cover-ups, embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned from President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, taking the blame for what he decried as a “lack of integrity” in the sprawling health care system for the nation’s military veterans.
One year ago: Harvey Weinstein was indicted in New York on rape and criminal sex act charges, furthering the first criminal case stemming from sexual misconduct allegations against the former movie mogul. Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko stunned colleagues by appearing at a news conference in Kiev less than a day after police in the Ukrainian capital said he’d been assassinated; authorities said his death was staged to foil a plot on his life by Moscow’s security services. A senior House Republican, Trey Gowdy, said there was no evidence that the FBI planted a “spy” on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, as Trump had alleged. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West visited the White House to appeal to Trump on behalf of a woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses. (Days later, Trump granted clemency for Alice Marie Johnson, freeing her from prison.) Gaza’s Hamas rulers said they had agreed to a cease-fire with Israel to end the largest flare-up of violence between the two sides since a 2014 war.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Ruta Lee is 84. Actor Keir Dullea is 83. Actor Michael J. Pollard is 80. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers is 76. Rock musician Lenny Davidson (The Dave Clark Five) is 75. Actor Stephen Tobolowsky is 68. Actor Colm Meaney is 66. Actor Ted McGinley is 61. Actor Ralph Carter is 58. Actress Tonya Pinkins is 57. Country singer Wynonna Judd is 55. Rock musician Tom Morello (Audioslave; Rage Against The Machine) is 55. Actor Mark Sheppard is 55. Movie director Antoine Fuqua is 54. Actor John Ross Bowie is 48. Rock musician Patrick Dahlheimer (Live) is 48. Actress Idina Menzel is 48. Actor Trey Parker is 47. Rapper Cee Lo Green is 44. Rapper Remy Ma is 39. Actor Blake Bashoff is 38. Christian rock musician James Smith (Underoath) is 37. Actress Javicia Leslie is 32. Actor Jake Short is 22. Actor Sean Giambrone is 20. Actor Jared Gilmore is 19.
Thought for Today: “For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American writer (1906-2001).
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