Today in History for 30th May 2024

Historical Events

1591 – Spanish troops in Zutphen surrender to Dutch and English forces under Maurice of Nassau
1832 – Evariste Galois give his theory on free assembly (dies in duel May 31)
1949 – 33rd Indianapolis 500: After finishing runner-up the previous 2 years, Bill Holland finally wins giving car owner Lou Moore his 3rd consecutive Indy victory; 1947-48 winner Mauri Rose fired after the race for ignoring team orders
1966 – The Beatles release single “Paperback Writer” / “Rain” in US; “Rain” featured experimental studio tricks of slowed down bass and drums tracks, and backwards vocals in the fade out
1973 – George Harrison releases his fourth studio album “Living in the Material World” in the US
2017 – Car bomb outside ice cream shop in Baghdad kills 17, Islamic State claim responsibility

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Famous Birthdays

1718 – Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire, British politician, born in Fairford, Gloucestershire (d. 1793)
1814 – Eugène Charles Catalan, French-Belgian mathematician (worked on continued fractions, descriptive geometry, number theory and combinatorics), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1894)
1867 – Arthur Vining Davis, American industrialist and CEO (Alcoa-1910-57), born in Sharon, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
1936 – Ruta Lee, actress (Operation Eichmann, Marjorie Morningstar)
1963 – Helen Patricia Sharman, Great Britain, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-12)
1980 – Steven Gerrard, English footballer

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Famous Deaths

1416 – Jerome of Prague, Czech radical Christian teacher burned at the stake for heresy by church Council of Constance
1964 – Eddie Sachs, American auto racer (b. 1927)
1987 – Melvin “Turk” Murphy, American Dixieland jazz trombonist, dies at 71
1994 – Agostino Di Bartolomei, Italian footballer (b. 1955)
2016 – Rick MacLeish, Canadian ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 1974, 75; Philadelphia Flyers; NHL All Star 1977, 78), dies of meningitis at 66
2020 – [Nicolas] Michael Angelis, English actor (Thomas and Friends, Boys from the Black Stuff), dies of a heart attack at 76

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