May 30 in Pop Culture History

May 30 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

May 30 History Highlights

  • 1842 – John Francis attempted to murder Queen Victoria as she drives down Constitution Hill in London.
  • 1854 – The US territories of Kansas and Nebraska were established.
  • 1911 – At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first Indianapolis 500 ended with Ray Harroun in his Marmon Wasp.
  • 1975 – European Space Agency was established.
  • If you were born on May 30th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… September 6th (prior year)

May 30 is…

Macaroon Day
Mint Julep Day
My Bucket’s Got a Hole Day

May 30 Birthday Quotes

“Sometimes all it takes is just a smile to change somebody’s weather.”
– Wynonna Judd

“I usually read a script from an audience perspective first, and then look more closely at the character only.”
– Colm Meaney

“Today was tomorrow yesterday so don’t inhale.”
– Mel Blanc

“If it isn’t for the writing, we’ve got nothing. Writers are the most important people in Hollywood. And we must never let them know it.”
– Irving Thalberg

“The script comes first. If that isn’t good enough, you know it’s gonna be a long ride.”
– Ted McGinley

May 30 Birthdays

1896 – Howard Hawks, American director, producer, and screenwriter (died in 1977)
1899 – Irving Thalberg, American screenwriter and producer (died in 1936)
1908 – Mel Blanc, American voice actor (died in 1989)
1912 – Hugh Griffith, Welsh character actor (died in 1980)
1953 – Colm Meaney, Irish character actor
1958 – Ted McGinley, American actor
1962 – Kevin Eastman, American author and illustrator
1964 – Wynonna Judd, American singer-songwriter
1974 – CeeLo Green, American singer-songwriter

May 30 History

1431 – At Rouen, Normandy, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy.

1631 – Gazette de France, the first French newspaper, began publication.

1806 – Future US President Andrew Jackson participated in a duel, killing Charles Dickinson. Dickinson shot first, wounding Jackson, but Jackson’s shot at Dickinson was fatal. Most of Andrew Jackson’s duels were for the questioned honor of his wife, Rachel.

1883 – A stampede on the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge in NYC killed twelve people.

1898 – Chemist Morris William Travers discovered the element krypton (Kr), the element, not the planet.

1911 – The inaugural Indianapolis 500 was run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana.

1922 – The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington DC.

May 30, 1940 Birthday (fictional) Nathaniel Adams (Captain Atom), Charlton/DC Comics

1958 – The remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, were buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

1964 # 1 Hit May 30, 1964 – June 5, 1964: The Beatles – Love Me Do

1966 – Launch of Surveyor 1, the first US spacecraft to land on an extraterrestrial body (the Moon).

1970 # 1 Hit May 30, 1970 – June 12, 1970: Ray Stevens – Everything Is Beautiful

1974 – The Airbus A300 passenger aircraft first entered service.

1975 # 1 Hit May 31, 1975 – June 6, 1975: Freddy Fender – Before The Next Teardrop Falls

1980 # 1 Hit May 31, 1980 – June 27, 1980: Lipps Inc – Funkytown

2003 # 1 Hit May 31, 2003 – June 27, 2003: 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg – 21 Questions

2005 – American student Natalee Holloway disappeared while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba. Most people believe that Joran van der Sloot had something to do with it.

2008 – The film version of HBO’s comedy series Sex and the City, starring Sarah Jessica Parker was released.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

“What came first: the music or the misery?” – Rob in High Fidelity  #moviequotes

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but three lefts do.

“Lady, I’m afraid I’m gonna have to ask you to leave the store.” – Ash #moviequotes

A group of Pigs is called a Team or Passel or Drift or Parcel or Sounder or Drove.

JFK ordered 1,200 of his favorite Cuban cigars the night before he signed the Cuban embargo.

Being labeled a nudist and being labeled a streaker is only separated by speed. #hippieproverb

The Internet killed the video and radio star.

Abigail Van Buren (aka Dear Abby) – Real Name: Pauline Ester Friedman

“Goooooal!” – (soccer sportscaster) Andres Cantor

A group of Physicists is a Nucleus.

Tom Baker, who played the 4th Doctor in Doctor Who, was a monk for six years.

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