Friday, May 30, 2014

History for May 30

History for May 30 -
Birth anniversaries of Mel Blanc (1908-89), Carl FabergĂ© (1846-1920) and Peter I of Russia (1672-1725).

Happy Birthday! Michael J. Pollard,  Gale Sayers,  Clint Walker

1431 - Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France, at the age of 19. 

1539 - Hernando de Soto, the Spanish explorer, landed in Florida with 600 soldiers to search for gold. 

1848 - W.G. Young patented the ice cream freezer. 

1868 - Memorial Day was observed widely for the first time in the U.S. 

1879 - William Vanderbilt renamed New York City's Gilmore’s Garden to Madison Square Garden. 

1911 - Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis Sweepstakes. The 500-mile auto race later became known as the Indianapolis 500. Harroun's average speed was 74.59 miles per hour. 

1922 - The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC

1996 - Britain's Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their 10-year marriage. 

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