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5/30/2012 - DB Metzger

 The physical end for Joan of Arc. it’s also the anniversary of the first "Declaration Day." On an up note The Brassiere is invented and the first car accident takes place and the Rolling Stones release their first album. In Birthdays, Christine (George) Jorgensen, Mel Blanc and little known pioneering physician Hannah Myers Longshore.

1431 Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy.

1640 Peter Paul Rubens Flemish painter, dies at 62

1814 the first Treaty of Paris, after Napoleon's 1st abdication and ended the wars of the Napoleonic era.

1822 A House slave betrays Denmark Vesey’s insurrection. (37 blacks hanged) here’s more detail on what happened

1868 The First Memorial Day. Originally known as "Declaration Day." Mary Logan is credited with the suggestion of Memorial Day to her husband,  a Congressman.,

1889 The brassiere is invented in France. Here’s the supporting story 

1896 the first car accident occurs, Henry Wells hit a bicyclist (NYC)on west 90th street.

1908 1st federal workmen's compensation law is approved

1913 The first Balkan War ends with the Treaty of London.

1922 The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated

1942 Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars 8-1these were Exhibitions to raise money for war bonds. This was prior to the breaking of the "color" barrier. Ah, the sacrifices we make for war.

1958 Unidentified soldiers killed in WWII & Korean War are buried in Arlington

1959 President Stroessner disbands Paraguay's parliament. Being an anti-communist meant he was a friend of the US. "He may be a dictator, but he’s our’s."

1961 Rafael L Trujillo Molina dictator of the Dominican Republic (1930-61) is murdered at 69. There are rumors of CIA involvement.

1964  The Rolling Stones released their first Album . Of course that was before his Lordship Prince Charles knighted Sir Mick into the British establishment.

Notable Birthdays

 1769 Ann Brunton Merry actress from the American Theater.

1794  Zilpah Polly Grant Banister (educator) founder of Ipswich Female Seminary

1819 Hannah Myers Longshore (physician) Lets go back to Cleveland Medical School in the 1850’s.

1853 Kate Nichols Trask (writer, playwright, founder of Yaddo, artists' retreat in New York)

1874  Josephine Preston Peabody (poet)

1882 Jane Deeter Rippin National director of the girl scouts

1901 Cornelia Otis Skinner (actress, writer)

1902 Stepin Fetchit has a birthday. The Museum of Racist Memorabilia has more on "coon caricatures"

1908 Mel Blanc. the voice of Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Yosemite Sam contains 902 filmography listings at

1908 "The King of Swing" Benny Goodman helped to give Jazz "respectability" by taking his band to Carnegie Hall in 1938.

1926 Christine Jorgensen pioneer transsexual (born George Jorgenson)

1928 Agnès Varda French photograph/director (Cléo de 5 à 7, Le bonheur) 

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