Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - May 30: Today in History - May 30

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - May 30: Today in History - May 30

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Today is May 30:

On this date:

In 339, Eusebius, the father of early church history, died at age 74. He attended the Council of Nicea in 325, and his "Historia Ecclesiastica" contains an abundance of detail on the first three centuries of the Early Church found nowhere else in ancient literature.

In 1416, Jerome of Prague, a Bohemian religious reformer influenced by the doctrinal views of John Wyclif, was burned as a heretic by the Church.

In 1431, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake as a heretic by the English. Her condemnation was posthumously reversed in 1456 and she was canonized in 1920.

In 1498, Columbus sailed from Spain on his third voyage to the New World.

In 1536, Henry VIII married Jane Seymour, his third wife. She was never crowned, but fulfilled his wish for a son. The future Edward VI was born in October, 1537. His mother died just days after his birth from puerperal sepsis, also known as childbed fever.

In 1832, the Rideau Canal was officially opened in Ottawa, linking the Ottawa River and Lake Ontario.

In 1848, the city of Fredericton received its charter.

In 1859, the British government took over British Columbia from the Hudson's Bay Co.

In 1883, 12 people were trampled to death when a rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in imminent danger of collapsing triggered a stampede.

In 1911, the Indianapolis 500 car race was inaugurated. The average speed of the first winner, Ray Harroun, was 119 km/h (74.4 mp/h ).

In 1922, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington D.C. in a ceremony attended by U.S. President Warren G. Harding, Chief Justice William Howard Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln.

In 1942, one-thousand British bombers set course for Cologne in the first of the saturation attacks aimed at crippling German war production during the Second World War.

In 1958, unidentified American service members killed in the Second World War and the Korean War were interred in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1960, Soviet author and poet Boris Pasternak ("Doctor Zhivago") died at 70.

In 1961, in one of Canada's most intense rainstorms, 25 cm fell in one hour at Buffalo Gap, Sask.

In 1972, three Japanese terrorists killed 28 people at Tel Aviv's Lod (now Ben-Gurion) Airport.

In 1992, the UN Security Council voted to isolate Serbia and Montenegro, the only republics left in Yugoslavia's federation, with a trade ban and oil embargo.

In 1996, the federal government won a long battle with Alberta over extra-billing at private clinics. The province agreed to the ban, starting July 1. The dispute had cost the province about $3.6 million in lost transfer payments from Ottawa.

In 1996, the Duke and Duchess of York -- Prince Andrew and Sara Ferguson -- were divorced after 10 years of marriage.

In 2002, a ceremony marked the end of the recovery effort at the site of the former World Trade Center. …

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