What Happened on May 30

Historical Events

  • 1431 Hundred Years' War: in Rouen, France, 19-year-old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal.
  • 1539 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovers Florida
  • 1848 Mexico ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million
  • 1868 'Decoration Day', later called Memorial Day, first observed in Northern US states
  • 1896 1st car accident occurs, Henry Wells hits a cyclist in NYC
  • 1913 New country of Albania, forms
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Did You Know?

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

On May 30, 1806

Famous Weddings

  • 1536 English King Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour, his 3rd wife
  • 1797 Abolitionist William Wilberforce (37) weds Barbara Spooner (25) at St Swithins Church in Walcot, Bath
  • 1966 Country singer Dolly Parton (20) weds Carl Dean (23) in Ringgold, Georgia
  • 1992 Paul Simon weds Edie Brickell
  • 1998 Nephew of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (30) weds to commoner Marilene van den Broek (28) in Apeldoorn
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