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What are the important events that happened on May 30? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 30: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 30 is the 150th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 215 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 17, 2017 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 415,584 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectapentacontagon’ day.

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Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 265 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,621 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 30 Historical Events

  • 1834
    Joaquim António de Aguiar issue a law extinguishing “all convents, monasteries, colleges, hospices and any other houses of the regular religious orders”, earning him the nickname of “The Friar-Killer”.
  • 1854
    The Kansas-Nebraska Act becomes law establishing the US territories of Nebraska and Kansas.
  • 1876
    Ottoman sultan Abd-ul-Aziz is deposed and succeeded by his nephew Murat V.
  • 1968
    Charles de Gaulle reappears publicly after his flight to Baden-Baden, Germany, and dissolves the French National Assembly by a radio appeal. Immediately after, less than one million of his supporters march on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. This is the turning point of May 1968 in France.
  • 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.

Who were born on May 30?

  • 1909
    Benny Goodman, American clarinetist and bandleader (d. 1986)
  • 1935
    Lee Gunther, American television producer and editor (d. 1998)
  • 1946
    Allan Chapman, English historian of science
  • 1969
    Naomi Kawase, Japanese film director
  • 1981
    Devendra Banhart, American singer and songwriter

Who died on May 30?

  • 1696
    Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, First Lord of the British Admiralty (b. 1638)
  • 1901
    Victor D'Hondt, Belgian mathematician (b. 1841)
  • 1981
    Ziaur Rahman, Bangladeshi statesman (b. 1936)
  • 1993
    Sun Ra, American musician (b. 1914)
  • 2000
    Doris Hare, Welsh actress (b. 1905)

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