Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,062 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

Let us begin with what happened today in history. You may also enter a specific day using the form on the right sidebar. It is optional to input the year. If you do give a complete date with month, day and year then only events that happened on that specific date will be shown.

About May 30

May 30, 2017 is the 150th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 215 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

You can browse the full year calendar in case you need it.

Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 265 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 30

  • 1536
    King Henry VIII of England marries Jane Seymour, a lady-in-waiting to his first two wives.
  • 1642
    From this date all honors granted by Charles I are retrospectively annulled by Parliament.
  • 1806
    Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy.
  • 1832
    The Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario is opened.
  • 1871
    The Paris Commune falls.
  • 1899
    Female Old West outlaw Pearl Hart robs a stage coach 30 miles southeast of Globe, Arizona.
  • 1911
    At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first Indianapolis 500 ends with Ray Harroun in his Marmon Wasp becoming the first winner of the 500-mile auto race.
  • 1913
    First Balkan War: the Treaty of London, 1913 is signed ending the war. Albania becomes an independent nation.
  • 1917
    Alexander I becomes king of Greece.
  • 1925
    May 30 Movement: Shanghai Municipal Police Force shot 13 protesting workers to death.

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