On This Day

Historical Events on May 30 (Part 2)

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  • 1968 President De Gaulle disbands French parliament
  • 1968 University church in Leipzig, German DR, blown up
  • 1968 West German Parliament accepts emergency crisis law
  • 1968 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser driving a piston-powered Offenhauser beats Dan Gurney to win his first of 3 Indy 500 triumphs
  • 1969 Australian Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:08:33.6) at Antwerp, Belgium; record disputed (short course)
  • 1969 Gibraltar adopts constitution
  • 1969 Riots by oil workers striking against economic and racial disparities in Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles spark calls for the island's independence

Sports History

1969 Indianapolis 500: Mario Andretti leads for 116 laps to win for car owner Andy Granatelli in record time of 3:11:14.71; breaks previous record by nearly 5 minutes

  • 1970 "Minnie's Boys" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • 1970 Baseball All-Star voting is returned to fans
  • 1970 Tigers Al Kaline collides with another player & swallows his tongue
  • 1970 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Snr joins his brother Bobby as the first duo of brothers to win the race; owner Parnelli Jones second to win as both a driver and owner
  • 1971 36 hospitalized during Grateful Dead concert; drunk LSD apple juice
  • 1971 Train crash at Duivendrecht, Netherlands, 5 die
  • 1971 US Mariner 9 1st satellite to orbit Mars launched

Baseball Record

1971 Willie Mays hits his 638th HR, sets NL record of 1,950 runs scored

  • 1972 3 Japanese PFL terrorists kills 24, wound 72 at Tel Aviv's Lod Intl airport
  • 1972 The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.
  • 1973 17th European Cup: Ajax beats Juventus 1-0 at Belgrade

Album Release

1973 George Harrison releases his fourth studio album "Living in the Material World" in the US

  • 1975 European Space Agency (ESA) forms
  • 1976 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pine Ridge GC: Betty Burfeindt wins her only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Judy Rankin
  • 1976 Indianapolis 500: Polesitter Johnny Rutherford awarded race after taking the lead on lap 80, and leading when rain halted the race on lap 103; shortest Indy 500 in history
  • 1977 Cleveland Indian Dennis Eckersley no-hits California Angels, 2-0
  • 1978 31st Cannes Film Festival: "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" directed by Ermanno Olmi wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1979 Pat Underwood makes his pitching debut for Detroit beats brother Tom
  • 1979 Percom Data Company Inc release Microdos for Radio Shack's TRS-80
  • 1979 Ted Coombs begins a 5,193 mile roller skate from LA to NYC
  • 1979 23rd European Cup: Nottingham Forest beats Malmo FF 1-0 at Munich
  • 1980 1st papal visit to France since 1814
  • 1980 Tiger reliever John Hiller, 37, (who had a 1971 heart attack), retires
  • 1980 Turner's painting "Juliet & Her Nurse" sells for $6.4 million
  • 1980 Twins Ken Landreaux ends his hitting streak after 31 games
  • 1981 "Nightline" extends from 4 nights to 5 nights a week (Friday)
  • 1981 Bangladesh President Ziaur Rahman is shot by group of rebel officers
  • 1981 LA Dodgers are quickest to get 1,000,000 attendance in a season in only 22 games
  • 1982 Musical "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?", after successful runs in Chicago and Philadelphia, closes at Alvin Theatre, NYC, after 5 performances
  • 1982 Indianapolis 500: Gordon Johncock beats Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds; closest finish in Indy 500 history to that point
  • 1982 Spain becomes 16th member of NATO
  • 1983 Surrey all out for 14 vs Essex, their lowest score ever

Sports History

1983 AL President Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for one week, for his public criticism of umpires

  • 1984 Bomb explodes in rebel leader Eden Pastora's headquarters in Nicaragua
  • 1984 NL suspends Mario Soto 5 days for Reds-Cubs fight on May 27th
  • 1984 28th European Cup: Liverpool beats Roma (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) at Rome

Sports History

1985 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Edmonton Oilers take back-to-back titles; beat Philadelphia Flyers, 8-3 for a 4-1 series victory; Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri each post a goal and 3 assists

  • 1986 Ariane-2 (ESA) launched
  • 1986 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Rahal becomes first driver in race history to complete the 500 miles (800 km) in less than 3 hours; average speed 170.722 mph (274.750 km/h)
  • 1986 France performs nuclear test

Sports History

1986 Barry Bonds makes his MLB debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Boxing Title Fight

1987 Mike Tyson beats Pinklon Thomas by TKO in round 6 in Las Vegas to retain WBC / WBA heavyweight boxing titles

  • 1987 North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video
  • 1987 Tony Tucker TKOs Buster Douglas in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Film & TV History

1989 Margaret Ray pleads guilty to breaking into David Letterman's house

  • 1990 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,878.56
  • 1991 64th National Spelling Bee: Joanne Lagatta wins spelling antipyretic
  • 1991 Arturo Barrios runs world record one-hour distance (21,096 km)
  • 1991 Supreme Court rules prosecutors can be sued for legal advice they give police & can be held accountable
  • 1992 Minn Twin Bert Blyleven is 2nd to win as teenager & 40 year old
  • 1992 NY Lotto pays $30 million to one winner (#s are 12-15-30-33-40-48)
  • 1992 NY Yankee Scott Sanderson becomes 9th to beat all 26 teams
  • 1992 UN votes for sanctions against Serb-led Yugoslavia to halt fighting
  • 1993 Indianapolis 500: Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi passes reigning F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell with 16 laps to go for his second race win
  • 1996 69th National Spelling Bee: Wendy Guey wins spelling vivisepulture
  • 1996 John Tesh's final day as host of "Entertainment Tonight"
  • 1996 Albert Belle uses a forearm to break up a double play & nearly breaks Brewer 2nd baseman Fernando Vina's nose, Belle gets 2 game suspension

Historic Event

1997 Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, set on fire by 12-year old grandson

Sports History

1997 Ken Dryden becomes president of NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs

  • 1998 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.
  • 1998 Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: In an all-NZ final, Andrew Mehrtens lands 2 penalties & 2 conversions as the Canterbury Crusaders beat the Blues, 20-13; Crusaders' first title
  • 1999 Indianapolis 500: Kenny Bräck of Sweden wins after race leader Robby Gordon runs out of fuel with just over one lap to go
  • 1999 Super Rugby Final, Carisbrook, Dunedin: Canterbury Crusaders retain title with a 24-19 win over Otago Highlanders; flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens kicks 3 penalties, a conversion & dropped goal for the winners

Film Release

2003 "Finding Nemo", directed by Andrew Stanton and starring Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres is released in the US and Canada

  • 2004 Indianapolis 500: Buddy Rice wins from pole for team owners Bobby Rahal and David Letterman in a rain shortened race (450 miles - 180 of 200 scheduled laps)
  • 2009 Super Rugby Final, Pretoria: Morné Steyn kicks 5 conversions & 2 penalties as the Bulls thump the Chiefs (Waikato, NZ), 61-17
  • 2009 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,391): Chelsea beats Everton, 2-1; Frank Lampard scores 72' winner
  • 2010 Indianapolis 500: Scotsman Dario Franchitti driving for Target Chip Ganassi Racing wins his 2nd Indy title ahead of Dan Wheldon and Marco Andretti

Sports History

2010 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Colorado GC: Tom Lehman wins first of 3 Champions Tour major titles with a par on the first hole of a playoff with Fred Couples and David Frost

  • 2012 A number of nations including Germany, Turkey and Canada, expel Syrian diplomats following the Houla massacre
  • 2012 Vishwanathan Anand wins his fifth World Chess Championship

Film Release

2014 Seth MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the West" is released to theatres, MacFarlane's first live-action role on the big screen

  • 2014 Former military chief al-Sisi wins 93 percent of the vote in Egypt's presidential election
  • 2015 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,283): Arsenal beats Aston Villa, 4-0; Gunners' 12th title
  • 2015 Namibia defeat Mozambique 2-0 to win the 2015 COSAFA Cup
  • 2015 FC Barcelona defeat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the 2014–15 Copa del Rey final
  • 2015 Alistair Cook becomes the leading run scorer of all time in test cricket for England
  • 2015 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks beat Anaheim Ducks, 4 games to 3

Historic Event

2016 Former Chad dictator Hissène Habré convicted of crimes against humanity by the Extraordinary African chambers, 1st ex-head of state convicted of the charge

  • 2017 Car bomb outside ice cream shop in Baghdad kills 17, Islamic State claim responsibility
  • 2017 Bomb outside government pension office in Baghdad kills 14, injures 34, Islamic State claim respnsibility

Music History

2017 Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John reveals her breast cancer has returned after 25 years

Historic Event

2017 South Korean President Moon Jae-in orders a probe into additional launchers for the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system

  • 2017 Large suicide bomb in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul, Afghanistan kills more than 150 and injures 400
  • 2019 Austria appoints its first female chancellor Brigitte Bierle to head caretaker government after fall of the coalition government

Historic Event

2019 Narendra Modi sworn in for a second term as Indian Prime Minister in New Delhi with 8,000 guests at largest-ever gathering at the Presidential Palace

Music History

2019 Singer R. Kelly charged with 11 new counts of sexual assault and abuse in Chicago

  • 2019 Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signs new anti-abortion, making it the fifth southern US state to ban abortion when fetal heartbeat detected
  • 2019 Two new studies find eating processed foods leads to an early death and ill health published in "British Medical Journal"
  • 2020 Record number of COVID-19 cases reported worldwide 134,064, driven by hot spots in Brazil, Peru, Egypt, South Africa and Bangladesh

Historic Invention

2020 SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches carrying the Dragon capsule from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station. First private company to launch astronauts into space.

COVID-19 Pandemic

2021 Tens of thousands of people march in Brazilian cities against President Jair Bolsonaro and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • 2021 Indianapolis 500: Brazilian Hélio Castroneves wins his record 4th title in 2:37:19.3846; new record for fastest running of the race with average speed 190.690 mph