Today in History – May 30

Eusebius, first Christian historian, died. (339 AD)

Jerome of Prague, after singing hymns on the way to his execution, was martyred by being burned at the stake. (1416)

French heroine Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy. She walked to the market square where she knelt and prayed for her enemies, then mounted the pyre of wood. As the flames leapt up, she asked for a cross to be held before her. Her final word was “Jesus.” (1431)

King Henry VIII married his third wife, Jane Seymour. She died in childbirth after giving the king a male heir to the throne. (1536)

Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovered Florida. (1539)

An explosion at the Wanggongchang Gunpowder Factory in Beijing destroyed part of the city and killed 20,000 people. (1626)

William Carey preached his famous sermon on Isaiah 54:2-3, calling for the church to enlarge its vision. (1792)

Future US President Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel. Dickinson accused his wife of bigamy. (1806)

James Boyd patented the Rubber Fire Hose. (1821)

A slave betrayed plans for a massive uprising planned by African Methodist preacher Denmark Vesey in Charleston, South Carolina. One hundred and thirty one African Americans were arrested and Vesey’s church was closed. Some of the plotters were executed and others were deported. (1822)

John Francis attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria. (1842)

Mexican American War: Mexico ratified the treaty giving US New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado in return for $15 million. (1848)

Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed the Missouri Compromise. Northern territories of Kansas and Nebraska were allowed to decide for themselves if they would allow slavery. (1854)

Decoration Day, later called Memorial Day, was first observed in Northern United States. Original Decoration Day honored only Union soldier during the Civil War. (1868)

First car accident occurred when Henry Wells hit a cyclist in New York City. (1896)

First Indianapolis 500 took place. (1911)

Completed Lincoln Memorial was dedicated by US Chief Justice William H. Taft in front of 50,000. (1922)

Apolo, also known as Kivebulaya, died. He was a missionary to the Congo and baptized the first pygmy. (1933)

WW2: German Confessing Church declared Jesus Christ to be the only authoritative voice of God in clear contrast to all other powers including Nazis representing divine revelation. (1934)

WW2: French general Charles de Gaulle arrived in Algiers. (1943)

A dike along the flooding Columbia River broke, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes. Fifteen people died and tens of thousands were left homeless. (1948)

Robert “Evel” Knievel’s motorcycle jumped 16 automobiles. (1967)

Chinese evangelist and theologian Watchman Nee died in prison. (1972)


About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.
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