This Week in History

MAY 30

John Manning was born.

Deirdre Cori O’Donoghue was born.

Sean Carroll was born.


1431 – Joan of Arc was burned at the stake as a heretic.

1911 – The first Indianapolis 500 was won by Ray Harroun.


MAY 31

Kathleen Baumann was born.

Alison Boyle was born.

Lynn Olsen-Pagano was born.


1962 – Former Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel.


June 1

1938 – The first issue of Action Comics, featuring Superman, was published.

1968 – Helen Keller, blind and deaf author-lecturer, died.

1980 – Cable News Network (CNN) debuted.


June 2

Brynn Coursey Heegan was born.


1886 – Grover Cleveland became the first U.S. president to get married in the White House.

1941 – Baseball great Lou Gehrig died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, a rare type of paralysis now referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.


June 3

Grace Miller was born.

Brendan Gallagher was born.


1937 – The Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) married Wallis Simpson.

1989 – Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini died.


June 4

Helen Timlin-Kilgallen was born.

Victoria Barber was born.

Jessica McCormick was born.


1896 – Henry Ford took his first car out for a test drive.

2003 – Martha Stewart was indicted on charges of insider trading.


June 5

Jen Hynes Sullivan was born.

Regina Murphy was born.

Maureen McElhinney was born.

Beverly Hegarty was born.


1752 – Benjamin Franklin flew a kite for the first time to demonstrate that lightning was a form of electricity.

1968 – Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot by an assassin and died the next day.

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