Today in History
Today is Monday, May 30, the 150th day of 2022. There are 215 days left in the year. It’s Remembrance Day.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On May 30, 1989, student protesters in Beijing erected a statue of the “Goddess of Democracy” in Tiananmen Square (the statue was destroyed during the Chinese government crackdown).
To this date :
In 1431, Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen (roo-AHN’), France.
In 1922, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, was dedicated in a ceremony attended by President Warren G. Harding, Chief Justice William Howard Taft, and Robert Todd Lincoln.
In 1935, Babe Ruth played his last major league baseball game for the Boston Braves, leaving after the first inning of the first of a double-header against the Philadelphia Phillies, who won both games (Ruth announced his retreat three days later).
In 1937, ten people were killed when police fired on protesting steelworkers near the Republic Steel factory in south Chicago.
In 1958, unidentified American servicemen killed in World War II and the Korean War were buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1968 The Beatles began recording their “White Album” at EMI Recording Studios in London, beginning with the original version of “Revolution 1”.
In 1971, the American space probe Mariner 9 took off from Cape Kennedy for a trip to Mars.
In 1972, three members of the Japanese Red Army opened fire on Lod Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, killing 26 people. Two assailants died; the third was captured.
In 1994, Mormon Church President Ezra Taft Benson died in Salt Lake City at the age of 94.
In 2002, a solemn and silent ceremony marked the end of the agonizing cleanup at Ground Zero in New York, 8½ months after 9/11.
In 2015, Vice President Joe Biden‘s son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, died at age 46 of brain cancer.
In 2020, tense protests over the death of George Floyd and other police killings of black people grew across the country; Crowds of various races staged mostly peaceful protests in dozens of cities, though many later descended into violence, with police cars set on fire. Street protests in New York over police killings have turned into the city’s worst day of unrest in decades, as fires burned, windows were smashed and clashes between protesters and officers erupted. Elon Musk’s SpaceX-built rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida to carry two Americans to International Space Station; it ushered in a new era of commercial space travel.
Ten years ago: A gunman in Seattle shot dead four people in a coffee shop and a fifth victim in a carjacking before killing himself. Launching her first trip abroad in nearly a quarter of a century, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) encouraged poor migrants from neighboring Thailand.
Five years ago: The Pentagon scored a major success in a test of its oft-criticized missile defense program, destroying a fake warhead over the Pacific Ocean with an interceptor. Kathy Griffin appeared in a brief video holding what looked like President Trump’s bloody, severed head; the comic ended up apologizing, saying she had gone too far.
A year ago: A restrictive Texas voting bill that was about to reach Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk failed to pass after Democrats walked out of the House before the midnight deadline. (After months of Democratic protests, the Republican-controlled Legislature would pass sweeping changes to the state’s election code in August.) Helio Castroneves joined the exclusive club of four-time Indianapolis 500 winners, fending off Alex Palou to win the 105th race of the race in front of 135,000 fans; it was the largest crowd at a sporting event in the world since the pandemic began 18 months earlier. Naomi Osaka has been fined $15,000 for skipping a press conference after her first round victory at Roland Garros. (Osaka, who said he felt anxiety before speaking to the media, would withdraw from the tournament before his next game.)
Today’s birthdays: actor Ruta Lee turns 87. Actor Keir Dullea is 86 years old. Rock musician Lenny Davidson (The Dave Clark Five) is 78 years old. Actor Stephen Tobolowsky is 71 years old. Actor Colm Meaney is 69 years old. Actor Ted McGinley is 64 years old. Actor Ralph Carter is 61. Actress Tonya Pinkins is 60. Country singer Wynonna Judd is 58. Rock musician Tom Morello (Audioslave; Rage Against The Machine) is 58 years old. Actor Mark Sheppard is 58 years old. Director Antoine Fuqua is 57 years old. Actor John Ross Bowie is 51 years old. Rock musician Patrick Dahlheimer (Live) is 51 years old. Actor Idina Menzel is 51 years old. Rapper Cee Lo Green is 47 years old. Rapper Remy Ma is 42 years old. Actor Blake Bashoff is 41 years old. Christian rock musician James Smith (Underoath) is 40 years old. Actor Javicia Leslie is 35. Actor Jake Short is 25. Actor Sean Giambrone is 23 years old. Actor Jared Gilmore is 22 years old.