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On this day in history - May 30

What Happened On This Day – May 30

  • 2011 Germany abandons nuclear energy

    The government's decision followed the nuclear meltdown at Japan's Fukushima power plant and years of hands-on protests and activism by Germany powerful anti-nuclear movement.

  • 1967 The Republic of Biafra is proclaimed

    The short-lived state consisted of Nigeria's Eastern Region. Its secession sparked the Nigerian Civil War, which lasted until 1970 and resulted in the region's re-integration into Nigeria.

  • 1962 Benjamin Britten's War Requiem is premiered

    The work was performed for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral, which had been destroyed in World War II. It juxtaposes the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead with war poems by Wilfred Owen.

  • 1961 The Dominican dictator, Rafael Trujillo, is assassinated

    El Jefe had been the Dominican Republic's President for 31 years. Despite the assassination, the intended removal of the dictatorship in the Caribbean country failed as the ruler's son, Ramfis Trujillo, soon stepped into his father's shoes.

  • 1911 The first Indianapolis 500 is held

    Ray Harroun won the first running of the 500-mile automobile race, which is today one of the world's most prestigious sporting events.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
May 30

  • 1980 Steven Gerrard

    English footballer

  • 1971 Idina Menzel

    American singer-songwriter, actress

  • 1949 Bob Willis

    English cricketer

  • 1846 Peter Carl Fabergé

    Russian goldsmith, jeweler

  • 1814 Mikhail Bakunin

    Russian philosopher, theorist

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
May 30

  • 1993 Sun Ra

    American pianist, composer, bandleader, poet

  • 1960 Boris Pasternak

    Russian author, poet, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1778 Voltaire

    French philosopher

  • 1640 Peter Paul Rubens

    Flemish painter

  • 1431 Joan of Arc