When my weekly blog posting day of Tuesday ends up on the last day of a month I like to explore what's taken place on that day in the history of our world. Like all the other days of the year, a lot of historical events have occurred on the 30th of June. Here is a sprinkling of those events.
833 - Louis, king of Austria, is crowned.
1397 - Denmark, Norway & Sweden sign Union of Kalmar under Queen Margaretha (in April of this year, at the court of Richard II, Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time)
1548- Emperor Charles V orders Catholics to become Lutherans (I bet that went over real well!)
1559 - King Henry II of France is severely injured in a jousting match against Gabriel de Montgomery. He dies ten days later.
King Henry II of France and one of his ornate burgonets that was unable to save his life.
1841 - The Erie Railroad rolls out its first passenger train.
1859 - Charles Blondin becomes the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope. (and in dictionaries, alongside the word Insane, is Mr. Blondin's name...just kidding. But don't you think that would be accurate and appropriate?!)
1894 - Korea declares independence from China and asks for Japanese aid.
1908 - Cy Young, real name Denton True Young, pitches his second no-hitter as a player with the Boston Americans, beating the New York Highlanders, 8-0.
The first Boston Americans team, photo taken in 1901.
The team name changed to the Boston Red Sox in 1908. Love this photo!
Kit McKenna, Buck Freeman,
Fred Parent, George Cuppy, Cy Young,
Abrose Kane, Tommy Dowd, Chick Stahl
Hobe Ferris, Lou Criger, Jimmie Collins,
Ossie Schreckengost, Fred Mitchell
Front (the recliner):
1936 - Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone with the Wind is published.
1949 - Dutch troops evacuate Jakarta.
1950 - U.S. President Harry Truman orders U.S. troops into Korea and authorizes the draft.
1953 - the first Chevrolet Corvette is manufactured in Flint, Michigan. Sweet!
1966 - The National Organization for Women, the United States' largest feminist organization, is founded.
1974 - Soviet born dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defects to Canada and joins the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
1984 - Pierre Trudeau officially steps down as Prime Minister of Canada after serving two separate terms for a total of 15 years.
- Great Britain's sixpence is minted for the last time. The sixpence had been part of the country's monetary system since 1551.
1997 - The United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.
1998 - Officials confirm that the remains of a Vietnam War serviceman buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery are those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie. A 1970 United States Air Force Academy graduate, Lt. Blassie died in 1972 when the A-37 jet he was piloting was shot down.
Information gathered for this post came from an old-fashioned almanac and a new-fashioned online history site.