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On May 30th, 1431, Joan of Arc, condemned as a
heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen,
In 1539, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto landed
In 1854, the
territories of Nebraska and Kansas were
In 1883, 12 people
were trampled to death when a rumor that the
recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in imminent
danger of collapsing triggered a stampede.
Indianapolis saw its first long-distance auto
race; Ray Harroun was the winner.
In 1922, the Lincoln
Memorial was dedicated in Washington DC, by
Chief Justice William Howard Taft.
In 1937, ten
people were killed when police fired on
steelworkers demonstrating near the Republic
Steel plant in South Chicago.
In 1943, American
forces secured the Aleutian island of Attu from
the Japanese during World War Two.
unidentified soldiers killed in World War Two and
the Korean conflict were buried at Arlington
In 1971, the
American space probe "Mariner Nine"
blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Florida, on a
journey to Mars.
In 1980, Pope John
Paul the Second arrived in France on the first
visit by the head of the Roman Catholic Church
since the early 19th century.
Ten years ago:
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrived in
Washington for his summit with President Bush.
Five years ago: In
a letter to UN Secretary-General Boutros
Boutros-Ghali, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan
Karadzic demanded guarantees of no further NATO
air attacks and de facto recognition of a
self-styled Serb state.
One year ago:
Astronauts from the space shuttle
"Discovery" rigged cranes and other
tools to the exterior of the international space
station during a spacewalk; then, the astronauts
entered the orbiting outpost for three days of
making repairs and delivering supplies. Kenny
Brack won the crash-marred Indianapolis 500,
driving a car owned by racing legend A.J. Foyt.
"There are two
statements about human beings that are true: that
all human beings are alike, and that all are
different. On those two facts all human wisdom is
Mark Van Doren, American poet (1894-1972).