Wednesday, May 30, 2012

30th of May

It is the 150th day of the year and there are only 215 days remaining.

70 - Titus and his Roman legions breach the Second Wall of Jerusalem.  The Jewish defenders retreat to the First Wall.  The Romans build a circumvallation, cutting down all tree within fifteen kilometers.

1431 - In Rouen, France, 19-year-old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal.

1539 - In Florida, Hernando de Soto lands at Tampa Bay with 600 soldiers with the goal of finding gold.

1806 - Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson's wife of bigamy.

1842 - John Francis attempts to murder Queen Victoria as she drives down Constitution Hill, London with Prince Albert.

1854 - The Kansas-Nebraska Act becomes law, establishing the United States territories of both Nebraska and Kansas.

1859 - Westminster's Big Ben rang for the first time in London, England.

1868 - Decoration Day, now known as Memorial Day is observed in the United States for the first time.

1879 - The Gilmores Garden is renamed Madison Square Garden by William Henry Vanderbilt and is opened to the public at 26th Street and Madison Avenue.

1899 - Female old West outlaw Pearl Hart robs a stage coach 30 miles southeast of Globe, Arizona.

1941 - Manolis Glezos and Apostolos Santas climb on the Athenian Acropolis, and tear down the Nazi swastika.

1958 - 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 Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

1971 - Mariner 9 is launched by NASA to map 70% of the surface, and to study temporal changes in the atmosphere and surface, of Mars.

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