It happened today – this day in history – May 30

1381: Peasant uprising begins in Essex.

1431: Joan of Arc, aged 19, is burned at the stake in Rouen.

1445: Coronation of Margaret of Anjou as Queen Consort to Henry VI at Westminster Abbey.

1498: Christopher Columbus departs with six ships for his third trip to America.

1510: Portuguese forces abandon Goa after its former ruler Yusuf Adil Shah, the Muslim King of Bijapur reconquers the city.

1536: Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour.

1539: Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto lands in Florida.

1593: Dramatist and poet Christopher Marlowe is stabbed to death in a pub brawl in Deptford.

1626: An explosion at the Wanggongchang Gunpowder Factory in Beijing destroys part of the city and kills 20,000 people.

1640: Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens dies aged 62.

1642: All honours bestowed by Charles I are retrospectively annulled by Parliament.

1744: Poet Alexander Pope dies aged 56.

1778: Writer, philosopher and playwright Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) dies aged 83.

1806: Future US President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy.

1808: Napoleon Bonaparte annexes Tuscany.

1842: John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria.

1848: Mexico ratifies treaty giving the US New Mexico, California and parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado for $15 million.

1883: A stampede caused by a rumour that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse kills 12.

1904: The Japanese Army captures the city of Dairen after landing troops along the south coast of Manchuria.

1912: Aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright dies of typhoid fever aged 45.

1922: The completed Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington DC.

1937: Chicago police shoot and kill 10 unarmed demonstrators during the “Little Steel Strike”.

1941: The British Army enters Baghdad.

1942: 1,047 RAF bombers bomb Cologne.

1951: Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim in 15 for heavyweight boxing title.

1953: Australian Ken Rosewall wins the French Championships, beating American Vic Seixas 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.

1954: Emile Zatopek runs world record 5000m (13:57.2)

1957: Real Madrid beats Fiorentina, 2-0 to win the European Cup.

1960: Author Boris Pasternak dies aged 70.

1961: Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated in Santo Domingo.

1964: Margaret Court of Australia wins her second French singles crown, beating Maria Bueno of Brazil 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.

1967: Republic of Biafra, a predominantly Igbo secessionist state in eastern Nigeria, is founded by Lt. Col. Odumegwu Ojukwu. On the same day, “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is published in Buenos Aires.

1968:The Beatles record Revolution #1 at the beginning of sessions for The White Album.

1974: Bernadette Whelan a 14 year-old David Cassidy fan died of heart failure four days after attending a concert where fans were trampled.

1979: Nottingham Forest beats Malmo FF 1-0 (Trevor Francis) in Munich to win the European Cup.

1980: Carl Radle bass player with Derek and the Dominoes and Delaney & Bonnie died of kidney failure aged 38

1981: Bangladesh President Ziaur Rahman is shot by group of rebel officers.

1982: Spain becomes the 16th member of NATO.

1984: Liverpool beats Roma on penalties after a 1-1 draw. to win the European Cup in Rome.

1987: Mike Tyson TKOs Pinklon Thomas in round 6 for the heavyweight boxing title.

1992: The UN votes for sanctions against Serb-led Yugoslavia to halt fighting. On the same day, songwriter Paul Simon marries singer Edie Brickell.

1995: Arsenal legend Ted Drake dies aged 82.

1997: Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, is set on fire by her 12-year old grandson.

1998: A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.

2002: Diana Ross voluntarily entered a Malibu drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre called Promises.

2003: Record producer Mickie Most died aged 64.

2009: Chelsea beats Everton, 2-1 to win the FA Cup at Wembley.

2012: Nations including Germany, Turkey and Canada, expel Syrian diplomats following the Houla massacre.

2015: Enrique Iglesias sliced his fingers open when he tried to grab a drone camera, which was taking pictures of the audience, at a concert in Tijuana, Mexico. On the same day, Arsenal beats Aston Villa, 4-0 to win the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium and Alistair Cook becomes the leading run scorer of all time in test cricket for England.

2016: Former Chad dictator Hissène Habré is convicted of crimes against humanity by the Extraordinary African chambers, the first ex-head of state to be convicted of the charge.

2019: Singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor Leon Redbone died age 69.

BIRTHDAYS: Lenny Davidson, guitarist (Dave Clark Five) 76; Colm Meaney, actor, 67; Nicky “Topper” Headon, drummer (The Clash) 65; Harry Enfield, comedian, 59; Wynonna Judd, country singer, 56; Tom Morello, guitarist (Rage Against The Machine) 56; Stephen Malkmus, musician (Pavement) 54; Tim Burgess, singer (The Charlatans) 52; Idina Menzel, actress/singer, 49; Keith Lemon (Leigh Francis), comedian, 47; Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Callaway), singer, 46; Steven Gerrard, football manager, 40. Devendra Banhart, singer/songwriter, 39.

Mick Ferris

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