May 30: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1854 - The Kansas-Nebraska Act becomes law establishing the US territories of Nebraska and Kansas.
- 1868 - Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern "Memorial Day") is observed in the United States for the first time (by "Commander-in-chief of theGrand Army of the Republic" John A. Logan's proclamation on May 5).
- 1922 - The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C..
- 1966 - Launch of Surveyor 1 the first US spacecraft to land on an extraterrestrial body.
- 1971 - Mariner program: Mariner 9 is launched to map 70% of the surface, and to study temporal changes in the atmosphere and surface, of Mars.
- Famous Birthdays: Georg von Peuerbach (German mathematician and astronomer), Peter Carl Fabergé (Russian goldsmith and jeweler), Hannes Alfvén (Swedish physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate), Julius Axelrod (American biochemist and Nobel Prize laureate), Helen Sharman (English chemist and astronaut)
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