Today is Monday, May 30, the 150th day of 2011. There are 215 days left in the year. This is Memorial Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 30, 1911, the first Indy 500 (originally called the "International Sweepstakes") took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; the winner was Ray Harroun, who drove a Marmon Wasp for more than 6 1/2 hours at an average speed of 74.6 mph and collected a prize of $10,000.
On this date:
In 1431, Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen (roo-AHN'), France.
In 1806, future president Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel with pistols that left Jackson seriously wounded.
In 1883, 12 people were trampled to death in a stampede sparked by a rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in danger of collapsing.
In 1922, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in a ceremony attended by President Warren G. Harding, Chief Justice William Howard Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln.
In 1943, American forces secured the Aleutian island of Attu from the Japanese during World War II.
In 1958, unidentified American service members killed in World War II and the Korean War were interred in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1961, Rafael Trujillo, longtime ruler of the Dominican Republic, was assassinated.
In 1971, the American space probe Mariner 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla. on a journey to Mars.
In 1981, the president of Bangladesh, Ziaur Rahman, was assassinated in a failed military coup.
In 2005, American teenager Natalee Holloway was last seen leaving a bar in Aruba with three young men before disappearing; her fate remains unknown.
Ten years ago: Standing among trees in Sequoia National Park in California, President George W. Bush pledged to protect "these works of God" and other natural treasures from mankind. Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas (doo-MAH') was convicted of corruption and sentenced to six months in prison. (However, Dumas' conviction was overturned in Jan. 2003.) Moses Malone and college coaches Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) and John Chaney were elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Five years ago: Gen. Michael Hayden was sworn in as CIA director. President George W. Bush tapped Goldman Sachs chief Henry Paulson to be treasury secretary. A jury in Rockville, Md., convicted John Allen Muhammad of six of the 10 Washington-area sniper killings. (Although sentenced to life in prison for the Maryland killings, Muhammad was executed in Nov. 2009 for a slaying in Virginia.) The FBI said it had found no trace of Jimmy Hoffa after digging up a suburban Detroit horse farm. Actor Robert Sterling, 88, who'd appeared in the ghostly 1950s comedy series "Topper," died in Los Angeles.
One year ago: Joran van der Sloot (YOHR'-uhn VAN'-dur-sloht), the prime suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba, was seen leaving a hotel room in Lima, Peru, where the body of 21-year-old Stephany Flores was found three days later. (Van der Sloot is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Flores.) Dario Franchitti drove 199 nearly flawless laps, then got a huge break from a spectacular crash on the last lap to climb back on top of the open-wheel world with a win at the Indianapolis 500.
Today's Birthdays: Country musician Johnny Gimble is 85. Actor Clint Walker is 84. Actor Keir Dullea is 75. Actress Ruta Lee is 75. Actor Michael J. Pollard is 72. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Gayle Sayers is 68. Rock musician Lenny Davidson (The Dave Clark Five) is 67. Actor Stephen Tobolowsky is 60. Actor Colm Meaney is 58. Actor Ted McGinley is 53. Actor Ralph Carter is 50. Actress Tonya Pinkins is 49. Country singer Wynonna Judd is 47. Rock musician Tom Morello (Audioslave; Rage Against The Machine) is 47. Movie director Antoine Fuqua is 46. Rock musician Patrick Dahlheimer (Live) is 40. Actress Idina Menzel is 40. Actor Trey Parker is 39. Rapper Cee-Lo is 37. Rapper Remy Ma is 31. Actor Blake Bashoff is 30. Christian rock musician James Smith (Underoath) is 29.
Thought for Today: "For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair." -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American writer (1906-2001).
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