On this day, May 30 …
2018: Kim Kardashian West visits the White House to discuss prison reform and appeal to President Trump on behalf of Alice Marie Johnson, a woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses. (Days later, Trump would grant Johnson clemency, freeing her from prison.)
Also on this day:
- 1431: Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, is burned at the stake in Rouen, France.
- 1911: The first Indy 500 takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
- 1922: The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., is formally dedicated in a ceremony attended by President Warren G. Harding, Chief Justice William Howard Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln.
- 1935: Babe Ruth plays in his last major league baseball game for the Boston Braves, leaving after the first inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Ruth would announce his retirement three days later).
- 1958: Unidentified American service members killed in World War II and the Korean War are interred in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
- 1996: Britain’s Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson are granted an uncontested decree ending their 10-year marriage.
- 2009: Internet sensation Susan Boyle places second on “Britain’s Got Talent.”
- 2012: Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is sentenced to 50 years for war crimes in Sierra Leone.
- 2014: Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigns from President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, taking the blame for what he decried as a “lack of integrity” in the sprawling health care system for the nation’s military veterans.
- 2018: Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is indicted by a New York grand jury on rape and criminal sex act charges.
- 2019: Chicago prosecutors charge R&B singer R. Kelly with 11 new sex-related counts involving one of the women who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage.
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