Saturday, May 30, 2026
Today's name is: Vera, Veronica. Congratulations on your name day!
This is week: 22
Day of the year is: 150 of total 365 days.
Historical events this day: (from Wikipedia)
- 1431 - The French peasant girl and leader Joan of Arc burned at the stake in Rouen, since the English have condemned her to death for heresy. When she has burned up, the corpse is scraped clean on coal, to show that she has not escaped with her life, after which the corpse is burned twice, to prevent any part of her body from being taken care of, to become a relic, after which the ashes are thrown into the river Seine. When she was declared a saint in 1920, she received May 30 as her saint's day.
- 1574 - Then the French king Charles IX dies of tuberculosis aged 23, he is succeeded on the same day by his brother Henry III, who since the previous year is king of Poland and Lithuania. As Henrik is in Poland at the time, he does not receive the news of Charles' death until mid-June and then hastily sets off for France, to ascend the French throne. This leads to a constitutional crisis in Poland, where the parliament finally informs Henry that he is to be considered forfeit of the Polish crown, if he has not returned to Poland by May 12, 1575.
- 1635 - The Teutonic Roman Emperor Ferdinand II closes peace in Prague with Elector John George I of Saxony and Catholic League. The peace means that all areas of Germany must retain the faith (Catholicism or Protestantism) they had on November 12, 1627, that Bavaria takes over the Palatinate's status as Electorate, that Saxony takes over Lusatia from Bohemia, that a common German army is to be formed, that all special leagues, both the Catholic League and the Protestant The Heilbronn Association is to be dissolved and that all who have borne arms against the emperor receive amnesty. The peace is an attempt to put an end to what is going on The thirty-year war, which however fails, as the foreign powers in Germany (Sweden and France) refuse to agree to leave the country and instead make an alliance against the German states, whereupon the war continues until 1648.
- 1814 - France makes peace in Paris with their enemies Prussia, Russia, Great Britain, Sweden and Austria, which concludes war of the sixth coalition, which has lasted since 1812. The French Emperor Napoleon I, who has abdicated on April 11, thereby agreeing to go into exile on the Italian Mediterranean island of Elba. Sweden returns the island Guadeloupe to France, which through British provision has been in Swedish hands since the spring of 1813, in exchange for France allowing the Swedish crown prince Karl (XIV) Johans plan to conquer Norway from Denmark and Great Britain compensates Sweden for the loss of the island colony, by later donating Sweden 24 million francs, which becomes the basis of the so-called Guadeloupe Fund.
- 1866 - The composer Bedrich Smetanas comic opera The bride purchase, with libretto by Karel Sabina, premieres in Prague. It later became something of a Czech national opera, as it contains Czech dance rhythms such as polka and furiant, and is considered a milestone in the development of Czech music.
- 1967 – Biafra declares independence from Nigeria, but when the Nigerian central government refuses to recognize the region's independence, this leads to the so-called The Biafra War erupts on July 6 of the same year and that Biafra, after capitulating in 1970, is re-incorporated into Nigeria.
- 1971 – Council of Europe agreement on au pair placement, which has been adopted in 1969, enters into force. This means that au pair-placed persons shall neither be counted as household staff nor students. To date (2022) only six states have ratified the agreement (Luxembourg even denounced it in 2002) and although it has been suggested that Sweden would ratify it has not yet happened.
- 1982 - Spain becomes a member of the Western Defense Alliance NATO and thus becomes the last country to become a member before Fall of the Berlin Wall and of the cold war final. After these events, the alliance expanded during the 1990s and 2000s with several Eastern European countries, but only after its main adversary The Warsaw Pact dissolved.
- 2008 – Convention on Cluster Munitions is occupied.