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May 30th In Pop Culture 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 Dockinson was fatal. Most of Andrew Jackson's duels were for the questioned honor of his wife, Rachel.

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

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

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.

May 30th Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Kevin Eastman (1962)
Trey Parker (1972)
Colm Meaney (1953)
Gale Sayers (1943)
Mel Blanc (1908 - 1989)
Wynonna Judd (1964)
Stepin Fetchit (1902)
Benny Goodman (1909 - 1986)
The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the early days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

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