1852        May 30, George Chinnery (b.1774), painter of Asian scenes, died in Macau. The English painter spent most of his life in Asia, especially India and southern China.

1922        May 30, The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., by Chief Justice William Howard Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln. The Memorial has 48 sculptured festoons above the columns representing the number of states at the time of dedication. The 36 Doric columns in the Lincoln Memorial represent the number of states in the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death in 1865. The limestone and marble edifice, which is situated at the western end of the Mall, was designed by Henry Bacon of North Carolina in the style of a Greek temple. Daniel Chester French co-designed the memorial with Bacon. 

1943        May 30, Dr. Josef Mengele arrived at Auschwitz as research assistant to Dr. Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer.

1951        May 30, Fernando Lugo, elected president of Paraguay in 2008, was born in a village of the San Pedro del parana district.

1961        May 30, Rafael Leonides Trujillo Molina (69), Dominican Republic dictator (1930-61), was murdered. In his final years he had installed Joaquin Balaguer as vice president and then as president. Balaguer fled to exile in NYC following the assassination.

1968        May 30, French Pres. Charles de Gaulle delivered a forceful televised address in order to regain control of public opinion, thrown into confusion by the political events resulting from a student protest.

1989        May 30, US Rep. Claude Pepper (b.1900), D-Fla., a champion of the nation’s elderly, died in Washington, DC, at age 88.

1992      May 30, President Bush ordered the seizure of Yugoslav government assets in the United States after the United Nations imposed sanctions in an effort to force Yugoslavia to observe a cease-fire in Bosnia-Herzegovina.


2000        May 30, Former Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey died in Scranton at age 68.


2002        May 30, Attorney General John Ashcroft issued new terror-fighting guidelines allowing FBI agents to visit Internet sites, libraries, churches and political organizations as part of an effort to pre-empt terrorist strikes.

2005        May 30, President Jacques Chirac began a widely expected government shakeup to save face at home as European Union officials worked to control damage after French voters rejected the EU’s first constitution.

2005        May 30, Nicaragua President Enrique Bolanos issued an emergency decree, allowing him to raise electricity prices as demanded by producers.

2007        May 30, US President George W. Bush officially nominated Robert Zoellick, the former US deputy secretary of state, to be new World Bank president, describing him as a “committed internationalist.”

2009        May 30, Michelle Samaraweera (35) was rape and murdered in Walthamstow, England. On July 4, 2009, Aman Vyas (26), a suspect in her murder and other sexual assaults, was arrested at Indira Gandhi International Airport just before he boarded a flight for Thailand

2009        May 30, Iraq’s former trade minister, Abdul-Falah al-Sudani, wanted on a corruption charge was arrested at the Baghdad airport after attempting to leave the country. The minister’s brothers are accused of having skimmed millions of dollars in kickbacks on food imports. One of them is in custody after attempting to flee the country while the other is still at large. A man purporting to be Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State of Iraq, issued a 40-minute tape that was posted on militant Web sites.

2010        May 30, Peter Orlovsky (76), poet and partner of Allen Ginsberg, died in Vermont.

2014        May 30, In Kentucky James Schook (66), a former priest dying of cancer, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for carrying on a years-long sexual relationship with a teenage boy.