May 30th

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.
Nuclear power phase-out
2006
A jury in Rockville, Md., convicted John Allen Muhammad of six of the Washington-area sniper killings.
D.C. sniper attacks
2005
Vice President Dick Cheney predicted the Iraq war would end before the Bush administration left office, saying "I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency," on CNN's "Larry King Live.".
Rationale for the Iraq War
2002
A solemn, wordless ceremony marked the end of the cleanup at Ground Zero in New York, 8 1/2 months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
1998
An earthquake in Northern Afghanistan (and subsequent aftershocks) killed an estimated 5,000 and injured at least 1,500. A quake on Feb. 4 in the same area had killed about 2,300.
2009 L'Aquila earthquake
1997
Child molester Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, N.J., of raping and strangling a 7-year-old neighbor, Megan Kanka. (The case inspired "Megan's Law," which requires that communities be notified when sex offenders move in.).
Murder of Megan Kanka
1996
Britain's Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their 10-year marriage.
1982
Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles played in the first of a record 2,632 consecutive major league baseball games.
Cal Ripken Jr.
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.
Republic of Benin (1967)
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.
War Requiem
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.
Rafael Trujillo
1922
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, was dedicated by Chief Justice William Howard Taft.
Lincoln Memorial
1913
New country of Albania, forms.
Independent Albania
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.
1911 Indianapolis 500
1896
1st car accident occurs, Henry Wells hits a cyclist in NYC.
List of traffic collisions
1868
'Decoration Day', later called Memorial Day, first observed in Northern US states.
Memorial Day
1854
The territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.
Kansas–Nebraska Act
1848
Mexico ratifies treaty giving US; New Mexico, California & parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million.
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
1539
Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovers Florida.
Hernando de Soto
1536
King Henry VIII of England married his 3rd wife, Jane Seymour, 11 days after he had his 2nd wife, Anne Boleyn executed.
Wives of Henry VIII
1431
Hundred Years' War: in Rouen, France, 19-year-old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal.
Joan of Arc