Today in History: May 30

This is an undated photograph of a portrait of Joan of Arc.  (AP Photo)
In 1431, Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen, France. This is an undated photograph of a portrait of Joan of Arc. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Anonymous)
Drivers speed into the first turn on the Brickyard in the first Indianapolis 500-mile race in Indianapolis, Ind., Thursday, May 30, 1911.  The drivers from left are, Will Jones (9) driving a Case; Joe Jagersberger (8) in a Case; and Louis Disbrow (5) in a Pope-Hartford. Ray Harroun won the race at an average speed of 74.602 miles per hour.  (AP Photo)
In 1911, the first Indy 500 took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; the winner was Ray Harroun, who drove a Marmon Wasp for more than 6 1/2 hours at an average speed of 74.6 mph and collected a prize of $10,000. In this photo, drivers speed into the first turn on the Brickyard in the first Indianapolis 500-mile race in Indianapolis, Indiana, Thursday, May 30, 1911. The drivers from left are, Will Jones (9) driving a Case; Joe Jagersberger (8) in a Case; and Louis Disbrow (5) in a Pope-Hartford. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
The Lincoln Memorial is admittedly one of the finest memorials of modern times in Washington on Jan. 8, 1942. The exterior of the memorial building symbolizes the Union of the States. Thirty-six columns of Indiana limestone form a colonnade representing the 36 states which existed at the time of Lincoln’s death, the frieze above it bearing the names of the 48 States of the Union as they exist. Inside is a sanctuary containing a colossal marble statue of the Emancipator. On the north wall is inscribed Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address and on the south wall, the famous Gettysburg Speech. The Memorial was designed by Henry Bacon, architect and the statue by Daniel Chester French, sculptor. The memorial was visited by 1,758,810 persons during 1941, 362,995 visiting the memorial in April, the busiest month. (AP Photo)
In 1922, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. was dedicated in a ceremony attended by President Warren G. Harding, Chief Justice William Howard Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln. (AP Photo) (AP)
Former New York Yankees teammates Babe Ruth, right, and Lou Gehrig pose together at a spring training game in St. Petersburg, Fla., March 16, 1935 as they met for the first time after Ruth left the Yankees for the Boston Braves.  The Braves defeated the Yankees 3-2 in the exhibition game. (AP Photo/Tom Sande)
In 1935, Babe Ruth played in his last major league baseball game for the Boston Braves, leaving after the first inning of the first game of a double-header against the Philadelphia Phillies, who won both games (Ruth announced his retirement three days later). Former New York Yankees teammates Babe Ruth, right, and Lou Gehrig pose together at a spring training game in St. Petersburg, Fla., March 16, 1935 as they met for the first time after Ruth left the Yankees for the Boston Braves. The Braves defeated the Yankees 3-2 in the exhibition game. (AP Photo/Tom Sande) (AP/TOM SANDE)
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
In 1958, unidentified American service members killed in World War II and the Korean War were interred in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.   (Getty Images/iStockphoto/AnthonySchafer)
A statue of "Goddess of Democracy" is erected, marking the 16th anniversary of Tiananmen Square crackdown on students stands against the sky at Hong Kong's Victoria park Saturday, June 4, 2005. Tens of thousands of people are expected Friday night at the park for a candlelight vigil commemorating the Tiananmen Square incident and also demanding democracy for Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In 1989, student protesters in Beijing erected a “Goddess of Democracy” statue in Tiananmen Square (the statue was destroyed in the Chinese government’s crackdown). A statue of “Goddess of Democracy” is erected, marking the 16th anniversary of Tiananmen Square crackdown on students stands against the sky at Hong Kong’s Victoria park Saturday, June 4, 2005. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/VINCENT YU)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 25: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York talks with ex-husband HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York as they wait for daughter HRH Princess Beatrice of York to complete the Virgin London Marathon as part of the 'Caterpillar Run' Team, consisting of 32 runners tethered together on April 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
In 1996, Britain’s Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their 10-year marriage. In this photo, Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York talks with ex-husband HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York as they wait for daughter HRH Princess Beatrice of York to complete the Virgin London Marathon as part of the ‘Caterpillar Run’ Team, consisting of 32 runners tethered together on April 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Max Mumby/Indigo)
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This is an undated photograph of a portrait of Joan of Arc.  (AP Photo)
Drivers speed into the first turn on the Brickyard in the first Indianapolis 500-mile race in Indianapolis, Ind., Thursday, May 30, 1911.  The drivers from left are, Will Jones (9) driving a Case; Joe Jagersberger (8) in a Case; and Louis Disbrow (5) in a Pope-Hartford. Ray Harroun won the race at an average speed of 74.602 miles per hour.  (AP Photo)
The Lincoln Memorial is admittedly one of the finest memorials of modern times in Washington on Jan. 8, 1942. The exterior of the memorial building symbolizes the Union of the States. Thirty-six columns of Indiana limestone form a colonnade representing the 36 states which existed at the time of Lincoln’s death, the frieze above it bearing the names of the 48 States of the Union as they exist. Inside is a sanctuary containing a colossal marble statue of the Emancipator. On the north wall is inscribed Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address and on the south wall, the famous Gettysburg Speech. The Memorial was designed by Henry Bacon, architect and the statue by Daniel Chester French, sculptor. The memorial was visited by 1,758,810 persons during 1941, 362,995 visiting the memorial in April, the busiest month. (AP Photo)
Former New York Yankees teammates Babe Ruth, right, and Lou Gehrig pose together at a spring training game in St. Petersburg, Fla., March 16, 1935 as they met for the first time after Ruth left the Yankees for the Boston Braves.  The Braves defeated the Yankees 3-2 in the exhibition game. (AP Photo/Tom Sande)
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
A statue of "Goddess of Democracy" is erected, marking the 16th anniversary of Tiananmen Square crackdown on students stands against the sky at Hong Kong's Victoria park Saturday, June 4, 2005. Tens of thousands of people are expected Friday night at the park for a candlelight vigil commemorating the Tiananmen Square incident and also demanding democracy for Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 25: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York talks with ex-husband HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York as they wait for daughter HRH Princess Beatrice of York to complete the Virgin London Marathon as part of the 'Caterpillar Run' Team, consisting of 32 runners tethered together on April 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)

Today is Thursday, May 30, the 150th day of 2019. There are 215 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On May 30, 1911, the first Indy 500 took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; the winner was Ray Harroun, who drove a Marmon Wasp for more than 6 1/2 hours at an average speed of 74.6 mph and collected a prize of $10,000.

On this date:

In 1381, the Peasants’ Revolt against economic injustice erupted in England during the reign of King Richard II; the king and his men, initially caught off-guard, were able to crush the rebellion several weeks later.

In 1431, Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen (roo-AHN’), France.

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

In 1922, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., 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 in his last major league baseball game for the Boston Braves, leaving after the first inning of the first game of a double-header against the Philadelphia Phillies, who won both games (Ruth announced his retirement three days later).

In 1937, ten people were killed when police fired on steelworkers demonstrating near the Republic Steel plant in South Chicago.

In 1943, during World War II, American troops secured the Aleutian island of Attu from Japanese forces.

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

In 1989, student protesters in Beijing erected a “Goddess of Democracy” statue in Tiananmen Square (the statue was destroyed in the Chinese government’s crackdown).

In 1994, Mormon Church president Ezra Taft Benson died in Salt Lake City at age 94.

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

In 2008, diplomats from 111 nations meeting in Dublin, Ireland, formally adopted a landmark treaty banning cluster bombs. (The United States and other leading cluster bomb makers — Russia, China, Israel, India and Pakistan — boycotted the talks.)

Ten years ago: Britain’s Prince Harry raised money for an AIDS charity by playing in a polo match on Governors Island in New York Harbor. Internet sensation Susan Boyle placed second on “Britain’s Got Talent,” with dance troupe Diversity taking the top prize.

Five years ago: Beset by growing evidence of patient delays and cover-ups, embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned from President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, taking the blame for what he decried as a “lack of integrity” in the sprawling health care system for the nation’s military veterans.

One year ago: Harvey Weinstein was indicted in New York on rape and criminal sex act charges, furthering the first criminal case stemming from sexual misconduct allegations against the former movie mogul. Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko stunned colleagues by appearing at a news conference in Kiev less than a day after police in the Ukrainian capital said he’d been assassinated; authorities said his death was staged to foil a plot on his life by Moscow’s security services. A senior House Republican, Trey Gowdy, said there was no evidence that the FBI planted a “spy” on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, as Trump had alleged. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West visited the White House to appeal to Trump on behalf of a woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses. (Days later, Trump granted clemency for Alice Marie Johnson, freeing her from prison.) Gaza’s Hamas rulers said they had agreed to a cease-fire with Israel to end the largest flare-up of violence between the two sides since a 2014 war.

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