Today in History Today is Sunday May 30, the 150th day of 2021. There are 215 days left in…
Today in history
Today is Sunday, May 30, the 150th day of 2021. There are 215 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On May 30, 1431, Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen (roo-AHN ‘), France.
To this date:
In 1883, 12 people were trampled to death in a stampede sparked by a rumor that the newly opened Brooklyn Bridge was in danger of collapsing.
In 1922, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, was inaugurated in a ceremony attended by President Warren G. Harding, Chief Justice William Howard Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln.
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, US troops secured the Aleutian Island of Attu from Japanese forces.
In 1971, the American space probe Mariner 9 took off from Cape Kennedy on a trip to Mars.
In 1972, three members of the Japanese Red Army opened fire on Lod Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, killing 26 people. Two attackers died; the third was captured.
In 1989, student protesters in Beijing erected a statue of “Goddess of Democracy” in Tiananmen Square (the statue was destroyed during the Chinese government’s crackdown).
In 1994, the President of the Mormon Church, Ezra Taft Benson, died in Salt Lake City at the age of 94.
In 1996, Britain’s Prince Andrew and former Sarah Ferguson secured an uncontested executive order ending their 10-year marriage.
In 2002, a solemn and silent ceremony marked the end of the agonizing cleanup of Ground Zero in New York City, eight and a half months after September 11.
In 2006, the FBI said it found no trace of Jimmy Hoffa after unearthing a horse farm in suburban Detroit.
In 2015, Vice President Joe Biden’s son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, died at age 46 from brain cancer.
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama chose Army General Martin Dempsey to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Germany has announced its intention to phase out nuclear power over the next 11 years, outlining an ambitious strategy in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster in Japan to replace atomic power with renewable energy sources.
Five Years Ago: President Barack Obama challenged Americans on Remembrance Day to fill the silence of those who have died in the service of their country with love and support for the families of the dead, “not just with words but with our actions ”.
A year ago: Loud protests against the death of George Floyd and other police killings against blacks have multiplied across the country; crowds of various races staged mostly peaceful protests in dozens of towns, though many later turned violent, with police cars set on fire. The National Guard was deployed outside the White House, where crowds mocked the police, who fired pepper spray. A fourth day of violence in Los Angeles prompted the mayor to impose a city-wide curfew and call the National Guard. Street protests in New York over police killings escalated into the city’s worst day of unrest in decades, as fires burned, windows were smashed and clashes between protesters and police broke out . A rocket built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida to transport two Americans to the International Space Station; it ushered in a new era of commercial space travel.
Today, actor Ruta Lee is 86 years old. Actor Keir Dullea is 85 years old. Rock musician Lenny Davidson (The Dave Clark Five) is 77 years old. Actor Stephen Tobolowsky is 70 years old. Actor Colm Meaney is 68 years old. Actor Ted McGinley is 63 years old. Actor Ralph Carter is 60 years old. . Actor Tonya Pinkins is 59 years old. Country singer Wynonna Judd is 57 years old. Rock musician Tom Morello (Audioslave; Rage Against The Machine) is 57 years old. Actor Mark Sheppard is 57 years old. Director Antoine Fuqua is 56 years old. Actor John Ross Bowie is 50 years old. Rock Musician Patrick Dahlheimer (Live) is 50 years old. Actor Idina Menzel is 50 years old. Rapper Cee Lo Green is 46 years old. Rapper Remy Ma is 41 years old. Actor Blake Bashoff is 40 years old. Christian rock musician James Smith (Underoath) is 39 years old. Actor Javicia Leslie is 34 years old. Actor Jake Short is 24 years old. Actor Sean Giambrone is 22 years old. Actor Jared Gilmore is 21.
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