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Friday, May 30, 2008

Today In History

1431 Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen, France.

1539 Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto landed in Florida.

1854 The territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.

1883 A rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in danger of collapsing triggered a stampede that led to the trampling deaths of 12 people.

1911 The first long-distance auto race in Indianapolis was run.

1922 The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.

1982 Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles played in the first of a record 2,632 consecutive major league baseball games.

1989 Student demonstrators at Tiananmen Square in Beijing erected a 33-foot statue they called the "Goddess of Democracy."

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.

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