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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for May 30th

  • Year 70 » Siege of Jerusalem (70) Siege of Jerusalem: Titus and his Roman legions breach the Second Wall of Jerusalem. The Jews Jewish defenders retreat to the First Wall. The Romans build a Investment (military) circumvallation, cutting down all trees within fifte
  • Year 1416 » The Council of Constance, called by Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor e.g Emperor Sigismund, a supporter of Antipope John XXIII, burns Jerome of Prague following a trial for Heresy in Christianity named heresy.
  • Year 1434 » Hussite Wars: Battle of Lipany effectively ending the war, Utraquist forces led by Diviš Bořek of Miletínek defeat and almost annihilate Taborite forces led by Prokop the Great.
  • Year 1510 » During the reign of the Zhengde Emperor, Ming Dynasty rebel leader Zhu Zhifan is defeated by commander Qiu Yue, ending the Prince of Anhua rebellion.
  • Year 1536 » King Henry VIII of England marries Jane Seymour, a lady-in-waiting to his first two wives.
  • Year 1539 » In Florida, Hernando de Soto lands at Tampa Bay with 600 soldiers with the goal of finding gold.
  • Year 1574 » Henry III of France or Henry III becomes King of France.
  • Year 1588 » The last ship of the Spanish Armada sets sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel.
  • Year 1631 » Publication of 'La Gazette or Gazette de France', the first France called French newspaper.
  • Year 1642 » From this date all honors granted by Charles I of England known as Charles I are retrospectively List of Ordinances and Acts of the Parliament of England, 1642–1660 known as annulled by Parliament.
  • Year 1814 » Napoleonic Wars: War of the Sixth Coalition the Treaty of Paris (1814) is signed returning French borders to their 1792 extent. Napoleon I is exiled to Elba.
  • Year 1815 » The East Indiaman 'Arniston (East Indiaman) or Arniston' is wrecked during a storm at Waenhuiskrans, near Cape Agulhas, in present-day South Africa, with the loss of 372 lives.
  • Year 1832 » The Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario is opened.
  • Year 1832 » End of the Hambach Festival in Rhineland-Palatinate, German Confederation named Germany.
  • Year 1834 » Joaquim António de Aguiar issues a law extinguishing "all convents, monasteries, colleges, hospices and any other houses of the regular religious orders" in Portugal, earning him the nickname of "The Friar-Killer".
  • Year 1842 » John Francis attempts to murder Queen Victoria as she drives down Constitution Hill, London or Constitution Hill in London with Albert, Prince Consort named Prince Albert.
  • Year 1854 » The Kansas–Nebraska Act becomes law establishing the Political divisions of the United States or US territories of Nebraska and Kansas.
  • Year 1876 » Ottoman sultan Abdülaziz is deposed and succeeded by his nephew Murad V.
  • Year 1883 » In New York City, a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse causes a stampede that crushes twelve people.
  • Year 1899 » Pearl Hart, a female outlaw of the American frontier e.g Old West, robs a stage coach 30 miles southeast of Globe, Arizona.
  • Year 1911 » At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first Indianapolis 500 ends with Ray Harroun in his 'Marmon Motor Car Company e.g Marmon Wasp' becoming the first winner of the 500-mile auto race.
  • Year 1913 » First Balkan War: the Treaty of London (1913), is signed ending the war. Albania becomes an independent nation.
  • Year 1914 » The new, and then the largest, Cunard Line Cunard ocean liner RMS Aquitania, 45,647 tons, sets sails on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England, to New York City New York, New York.
  • Year 1917 » Alexander of Greece or Alexander I becomes king of Greece.
  • Year 1922 » The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C..
  • Year 1925 » May Thirtieth Movement: Shanghai Municipal Police Force shoot and kill 13 protesting workers.
  • Year 1932 » The National Theatre of Greece is founded.
  • Year 1937 » Memorial Day massacre of 1937 named Memorial Day massacre: Chicago police shoot and kill ten labor demonstrators.
  • Year 1941 » World War II: Manolis Glezos and Apostolos Santas climb the Athenian Acropolis and tear down the Nazi swastika.
  • Year 1942 » World War II: Bombing of Cologne in World War II e.g 1000 British bombers launch a 90-minute attack on Cologne, Germany.
  • Year 1948 » A dike along the flooding Columbia River breaks, obliterating Vanport, Oregon, within minutes. Fifteen people die and tens of thousands are left homeless.
  • Year 1958 » Memorial Day: the remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, are buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns e.g Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Year 1959 » The Auckland Harbour Bridge, crossing the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand, is officially opened by Governor-General of New Zealand or Governor-General Charles Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham.
  • Year 1961 » The long-time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • Year 1966 » The former Democratic Republic of the Congo or Congolese Prime Minister, Évariste Kimba, and several other politicians are publicly executed in Kinshasa on the orders of President Mobutu Sese Seko or Joseph Mobutu.
  • Year 1966 » Launch of 'Surveyor 1', the first US spacecraft to land on an extraterrestrial body.
  • Year 1967 » The Nigerian Eastern Region declares independence as the Biafra known as Republic of Biafra, sparking a Nigerian Civil War named civil war.
  • Year 1968 » Charles de Gaulle reappears publicly after his flight to Baden-Baden, Germany, and dissolves the French National Assembly by a radio appeal. Immediately after, less than one million of his supporters march on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. This is the turni
  • Year 1971 » Mariner program: 'Mariner 9' is launched to map 70% of the surface, and to study temporal changes in the atmosphere and surface, of Mars.
  • Year 1972 » The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout the United Kingdom.
  • Year 1972 » In Tel Aviv, Israel, members of the Japanese Red Army carry out the Lod Airport massacre, killing 24 people and injuring 78 others.
  • Year 1974 » The Airbus A300 passenger aircraft first enters service.
  • Year 1989 » Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: the 33-foot high "Goddess of Democracy" statue is unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.
  • Year 1998 » A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.
  • Year 1998 » Nuclear weapons testing called Nuclear Testing: Pakistan conducts an underground test in the Kharan Desert. It is reported to be a plutonium device with yield of 20kt.
  • Year 2003 » Depayin massacre: at least 70 people associated with the National League for Democracy are killed by government-sponsored mob in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi fled the scene, but is arrested soon afterwards.
  • Year 2012 » Former Liberian president, Charles Taylor (Liberian politician) e.g Charles Taylor, is sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role in atrocities committed during the Sierra Leone Civil War.
  • Year 2013 » Nigeria passes a law Same-sex marriage in Nigeria or banning same-sex marriage.

World History for the Month of May