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This Day in History – May 30, 2011




1498 Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America 1536 English king Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour 1539 Spanish explorer Fernando de Soto discovers Florida 1783 Benjamin Tower of Philadelphia publishes 1st daily newspaper in US 1821 James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose 1822 House slave betrays Denmark Vesey conspiracy (37 blacks hanged) 1832 Evariste Galois give his theory on free assembly (dies in duel May 31) 1848 México ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million 1848 William G Young patents ice cream freezer 1862 Battle of Booneville MS – captured General Beauregard evacuates Corinth MS 1868 Memorial Day 1st observed when 2 women in Columbus MS placed flowers on both Confederate & Union graves 1872 Mahlon Loomis patents wireless telegraphy 1879 Gilmore Garden (NYC) renamed Madison Square Garden 1883 Rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse caused a stampede that kills 12 1889 The brassiere is invented 1896 1st car accident occurs, Henry Wells hit a bicyclist (NYC) 1908 1st federal workmen’s compensation law approved 1908 Aldrich Vineland Currency Act forerunner to Federal Reserve System 1909 National Conference on the Negro is held 1922 Cubs swap Max Flack for Cardinals Cliff Heathcote during the middle of a doubleheader. Both play for both teams that day 1922 Lincoln Memorial dedicated 1933 Patent on invisible glass installation 1935 Babe Ruth’s final game, goes hitless for Braves against Phillies 1937 Memorial Day Massacre – Chicago police shoot on union marchers at Republic Steel Plant in Chicago, 10 die 1956 Bus boycott begins in Tallahassee FL 1958 Unidentified soldiers killed in WWII & Korean War buried in Arlington 1959 World’s 1st hovercraft (SR-N1) tested at Cowes England 1966 300 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam 1966 Graham Hill wins Indianapolis 500 car race (232.2 kph) 1966 US launches Surveyor 1 to the Moon 1967 Robert “Evel” Knievel’s motorcycle jumps 16 automobiles 1967 Yankee Whitey Ford, nearing 41, announces his retirement from baseball 1971 36 hospitalized during Grateful Dead concert; after drinking LSD apple juice 1971 US Mariner 9 1st satellite to orbit Mars launched 1980 1st papal visit to France since 1814 1980 Tiger relief pitcher John Hiller, 37, (who had a 1971 heart attack), retires 1987 North American Philips Company unveils compact disc video 1989 Margaret Ray pleads guilty to breaking into David Letterman’s house 1991 Supreme Court rules prosecutors can be sued for legal advice they give police & can be held accountable 1992 New York Lotto pays $30 million to one winner (#s are 12-15-30-33-40-48) 1997 Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, set afire by 12 year old grandson 1997 Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, NJ, of raping and strangling a 7-year-old neighbor, Megan Kanka. The 1994 murder inspired “Megan’s Law,” requiring that communities be notified when sex offenders move in.]]]]> ]]>

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