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Today in History
Today in History: Saturday, May  30, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On May 30, 1989, student demonstrators at Tiananmen Square in Beijing erected a 33-foot statue they called the "Goddess of Democracy."
 
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On this date in:
1431Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen, France.
1539Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto landed in Florida.
1854The territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.
1911The Indianapolis 500 was run for the first time.
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1922The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
1982Spain became NATO's 16th member.
1982Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles played in the first of a record 2,632 consecutive major league baseball games.
1996Britain's Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their 10-year marriage.
1997Child molester Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, N.J., of raping and strangling a 7-year-old neighbor, Megan Kanka. (The case inspired "Megan's Law," which requires that communities be notified when sex offenders move in.)
2002A solemn, wordless ceremony marked the end of the cleanup at Ground Zero in New York, 8 1/2 months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
2005Vice President Dick Cheney predicted the Iraq war would end before the Bush administration left office, saying "I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency," on CNN's "Larry King Live.".
2006A jury in Rockville, Md., convicted John Allen Muhammad of six of the Washington-area sniper killings.
2011Germany announced plans to abandon nuclear power over the next 11 years, outlining an ambitious strategy in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster to replace atomic power with renewable energy sources.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Rapper and TV judge Cee Lo Green ("The Voice") turns 40 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Gale SayersFootball Hall of Famer72
Stephen TobolowskyActor64
Colm MeaneyActor62
Ted McGinleyActor57
Tom MorelloRock musician (Rage Against the Machine)51
Antoine FuquaDirector50
Idina MenzelActress ("Rent," "Wicked")44
Trey ParkerActor43
Manny RamirezBaseball player43
Country singer Wynonna Judd turns 51 years old today.
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