There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.
Monday May 30th
1431: Joan of Arc is burned at the stake.
1539: Hernando De Soto lands in Florida.
1593: Christopher Marlowe is stabbed to death.
1806: Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel.
1854: Kansas-Nebraska Act established that settlers could decide whether the state would be free or slave.
1868: Memorial Day is created.
1896: Howard Hawks (LOST 1896-1977) director Bringing Up Baby (1938), His Girl Friday (1940), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Rio Bravo (1959).
1902: Lincoln Perry (GI 1902-85) actor who as Stepin Fetchit turned a negative stereotypical Negro part into a million dollar career.
1903: Countee Cullen (GI 1903-1946) African-American author who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
1908: Mel Blanc (GI 1908-1989) cartoon voice actor.
1909: Benny Goodman (GI 1909-86) band leader who as catalyst for the Swing Era led one of the first racially-integrated bands.
1911: First Indianapolis 500.
1920: Franklin Schaffner (GI 1920-1989) director Planet of the Apes (1968), Patton (1970), Papillon (1973), The Boys from Brazil (1978).
1922: Lincoln Memorial is dedicated.
1922: ‘Smilin’ Ed McConnell children’s show, Smilin’ Ed’s Gang, debuted on radio.
1933: Sally Rand introduces her exotic fan dance at Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition.
1935: America’s Town Meeting debut on radio.
1937: Striking steel workers were fired on by Chicago police, 10 were killed, 30, wounded and 55 were beaten so badly they required hospitalization.
1939: Michael J. Pollard (SIL 1939- ) actor Summer Magic (1963), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Dirty Little Billy (1972), Tango and Cash (1988), Arizona Dream (1992).
1952: The Vatican bans Nobel Prize winning French author André Gide.
1962: Kevin Eastman ((13th 1962- ) comic book artist Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Peter Laird, publisher of Heavy Metal.
1964: Wynonna Judd (13th 1964- ) country singer.
1976: Omri Katz (13th 1976- ) actor Eerie Indiana (1991-92), Matinee (1993), Hocus Pocus (1993).
2014: Maleficent is released directed by Robert Stromberg, starring Angelina Jolie.