May 30 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical 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‘s expedition of 10 ships and 700 men lands in Florida

1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo between US and Mexico comes into force, giving New Mexico, California and parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Colorado to the US in return for $15 million

1868 “Decoration Day”, later called Memorial Day is first observed in Northern US states

1896 Khodynka Tragedy: Stampeding crowd on Khodynka Field, Moscow, during the festivities for coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, results in the deaths of about 1,300 people

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

Today’s Historical Events

1035 Boudouin V van Rijsel becomes earl of Flanders

1087 German emperor Henry IV crowns his son Conrad

1100 Burchard becomes bishop of Utrecht

1381 English peasant uprising begins in Essex

1416 Jerome of Prague burned at the stake for heresy by church Council of Constance

1431 Hundred Years’ War: 19 year old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal in Rouen, France

1434 The Battle of Lipany (also called the Battle of Česky Brod), ending Taborites influence

1445 Coronation as Margaret of Anjou as Queen Consort of England at Westminster Abbey

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1949 WRTV TV channel 6 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting

1955 KMVT TV channel 11 in Twin Falls, ID (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting

1978 31st Cannes Film Festival: “The Tree of Wooden Clogs” directed by Ermanno Olmi wins the Palme d’Or

1981 “Nightline” extends from 4 nights to 5 nights a week (Friday)

1987 North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video

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

1996 John Tesh’s final day as host of “Entertainment Tonight”

2000 35th Academy of Country Music Awards: Shania TwainFaith Hill & Tim McGraw win

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1866 Opera “Die Verkaufte Braut” premieres (Prague)

1917 Jazz standard “Dark Town Strutters Ball” by Shelton Brooks recorded by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band

1923 Howard Hanson‘s 1st Symphony “Nordic” premieres

1938 Walter Piston‘s dance work, The Incredible Flutist, written for the Boston Pops Orchestra, which premieres it, Arthur Fiedler conducting

1952 Darius Milhaud‘s “West Point Suite” premieres

1959 “First Impressions” closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 84 performances

1959 “Nervous Set” closes at Henry Miller‘s Theater NYC after 23 performances

1962 Benjamin Britten‘s “War Requiem” incorporating the poems of Wilfred Owen premieres, marking the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1890 First baseman Dave Foutz hits Brooklyn Bridegrooms’ (later Dodgers) first ever home run during doubleheader defeats to Chicago Colts at Washington Park, Brooklyn

1894 Boston Beaneaters baseball second baseman Bobby Lowe first to hit 4 home runs in MLB game in 20-11 win against Cincinnati Reds

1895 English cricket icon W. G. Grace scores 169 for Gloucestershire against Middlesex at Lord’s for his 1,000th first-class run of the season in just 22 days

1896 First car accident occurs; Henry Wells hits a cyclist in NYC

1899 24th Preakness: R Clawson aboard Half Time wins in 1:47

1903 28th Preakness: W Gannon aboard Flocarline wins in 1:44.8

1906 40th Belmont: Lucien Lyne aboard Burgomaster wins in 2:20

1907 41st Belmont Stakes: George Mountain aboard 3 year old stallion Peter Pan wins

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