2021 May

May 30: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 30

May 30th is officially Mint Julep Day as well as Water A Flower Day.

We are now on day 150 out of 365, and have 215 days left of the year.

Those of you who were born on May 30 share the Gemini star sign.

The month isn’t quite over yet, but no worries as you are about to read about some of the most striking events that ever happened on this day in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1971, the US Mariner 9 was launched? It went on to become the first satellite to orbit Mars.

Keep reading for more facts about May 30th in history!

What Happened On May 30 In History?

2014

Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West” was released to theaters.

It was MacFarlane's first live-action role on the big screen.
2003

Finding Nemo, directed by Andrew was released in the US & Canada.

1998

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit northern Afghanistan, which killed around 5,000 people.

1987

Mike Tyson won a technical knockout against Pinklon Thomas, winning the heavyweight boxing title.

1982

Spain officially became the 16th member of NATO.

1972

The Angry Brigade went to trial.

After a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain, the Angry Brigade was prosecuted in one of the longest criminal trials of English history. As a result of the trial, John Barker, Jim Greenfield, Hilary Creek and Anna Mendelssohn received prison sentences of 10 years.
1971

The US Mariner 9 was launched – it went on to become the first satellite to orbit Mars.

OTD in 1971: The US Mariner 9 was launched – it went on to become the first satellite to orbit Mars.
1964

Love Me Do by The Beatles hit number one on US charts.

It stayed at the Top 100 for 14 weeks.
1806

Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel.

After Dickinson accused Jackson of cheating on a horse race bet, then insulting his wife, Jackson challenged him to a duel. In the duel, Dickinson wounded Jackson, but Jackson shot him in the chest and he bled to death.
1431

Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.

OTD in 1431: Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
For her execution, Joan of Arc asked two of the clergy to hold a crucifix in front of her. After her death, they burned the body two more times to turn it into ash, and threw her ashes in the Seine river to prevent anyone from collecting her ashes.

Did you know that on this day, May 30th 1971, the US Mariner 9 was launched?