What Happened on May 30

Significant Events

  • 1431 Hundred Years' War: 19 year old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal in Rouen, France
  • 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 is first observed in Northern US states
  • 1913 Treaty of London signed by the Great Powers, the Ottoman Empire and the victorious Balkan League (Serbia, Greece, Kingdom of Bulgaria, and Montenegro) bringing an end to the First Balkan War
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May 30 in Film & TV

  • 1987 North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video

May 30 in Music

  • 1917 Jazz standard "Dark Town Strutters Ball" by Shelton Brooks recorded by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band

May 30 in Sport

  • 1911 1st Indianapolis 500 car race, Ray Harroun wins at 74.59 MPH (120 KPH)

Did You Know?

Former Chad dictator Hissène Habré convicted of crimes against humanity by the Extraordinary African chambers, 1st ex-head of state convicted of the charge

On May 30, 2016


Would You Believe?

Future US President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson 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
  • 1927 Academy Award-winning actor Fredric March (29) marries actress Florence Eldridge
  • 1966 Country singer Dolly Parton (20) weds Carl Dean (23) in Ringgold, Georgia
  • 1992 Paul Simon weds Edie Brickell
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