|Henry David Thoreau|
May 30, 1539 - Hernando de Soto, the Spanish explorer, landed at Tampa Bay, Florida with 600 soldiers to search for gold.
May 30, 1783 - The first daily newspaper was published in the U.S. by Benjamin Towner called "The Pennsylvania Evening Post"
May 30, 1806 – Future U.S. President Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson's wife, Rachel Donelson Robards, of bigamy.
May 30–31, 1825 – During his tour of the United States, the Marquis de Lafayette stayed in Pittsburgh.
May 30, 1842 – John Francis attempted to murder Queen Victoria as she drove down Constitution Hill in London with Prince Albert.
May 30, 1849 – Henry David Thoreau self-published “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers,” his first book.
May 30, 1854 – The Kansas–Nebraska Act became law, establishing the U.S. territories of Nebraska and Kansas.
May 30, 1861 – Randolph County, Ala. native and Lincoln assassination conspirator Lewis Powell enlisted in Co. I of the Second Florida Infantry in Jasper, Fla. at the age of 17.
May 30, 1861 - Union troops occupied Grafton, Va.
May 30, 1862 - The Confederates abandoned the city of Corinth, Mississippi. Union troops under Henry Halleck entered the deserted city.
May 30, 1864 - Confederates attacked Union troops at Bethesda Church, Va.
May 30, 1868 – Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern "Memorial Day") was observed in the United States for the first time (by "Commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic" John A. Logan's proclamation on May 5).
May 30, 1879 - William Vanderbilt renamed New York City's Gilmore’s Garden to Madison Square Garden.
May 30, 1890 - Dave Foutz hit the first Dodger home run.
May 30, 1894 - Bobby Lowe of the Boston Red Sox became the first player to hit four home runs in one game.
May 30, 1895 – The Monroe Journal reported that Alabama Gov. William C. Oates had appointed Capt. Thomas A. Nettles, John I. Watson and Thos. A. Rumbly to serve as members of the Board of Confederate Pension Examiners for Monroe County.
May 30, 1909 – W. Roach, who lived near Castleberry, Ala., allegedly killed his wife and child on this night with a shotgun. He claimed he did so in self defense and surrendered to the Conecuh County Sheriff, who put him in jail.
May 30, 1911 – At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first Indianapolis 500 ends with Ray Harroun in his Marmon Wasp becoming the first winner of the 500-mile auto race. Harroun's average speed was 74.59 miles per hour.
May 30, 1915 – Monroe County High School’s four-day fourth-annual commencement exercises began on this Sunday at 11 a.m. with a commencement sermon delivered by Dr. B.F. Riley of Birmingham, Ala.
May 30, 1922 – The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C..
May 30, 1922 - Max Flack of the Chicago Cubs and Cliff Heathcote of the St. Louis Cardinals were traded for each other between the morning and afternoon games of a Memorial Day twin bill. They played one game for each team.
May 30, 1927 - Walter Johnson recorded his 113th career shutout. It was also the final shutout of his career.
May 30, 1927 - Jim Cooney of the Chicago Cubs became the sixth player to record an unassisted triple play against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He caught Paul Waner's line drive, stepped on second to double Lloyd Waner and then tagged Clyde Barnhart coming from first.
May 30, 1927 - Johnny Neun of the Detroit Tigers became the seventh player to record an unassisted triple play.
May 30, 1932 - The New York Yankees dedicated a plaque to Miller Huggins.
May 30, 1933 – Alabama Attorney General Thomas E. Knight Jr. issued a press release about Conecuh County, Alabama’s ‘lion’ incidents.
May 30, 1935 - Babe Ruth of the Braves played in his final game. He went hitless against the Phillies.
May 30, 1937 - Pitcher Carl Hubbell got his 24th consecutive victory.
May 30, 1941 - Author Maud McKnight Lindsay died in Tuscumbia, Ala.
May 30, 1946 - Carvel William "Bama" Rowell of the Braves hit a home run that shattered the Bulova clock in Ebbets Field.
May 30, 1958 – On this Memorial Day, the remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, were buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
May 30, 1962 - Pedro Ramos of the Cleveland Indians pitched a three-hitter and hit two home runs in a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. One of his home runs was a grand slam.
May 30, 1963 – Willie Holder, a farmer who lived 2-1/2 miles from Evergreen, Ala. on the Loree Road, brought the first cotton bloom of the 1963 crop by The Courant.
May 30, 1968 - The Beatles began recording the "White Album."
May 30, 1970 - Voting for baseball's All-Star game was returned to the fans.
May 30, 1971 - Willie Mays hit his 638th home run. He set a National League record of 1,950 runs scored.
May 30, 1976 – National Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Max Carey passed away at the age of 86 in Miami, Fla. During his career, he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Brooklyn Robins, and he also managed the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1961.
May 30, 1977 - Dennis Eckersley pitched a 1-0 no-hitter against the California Angels.
May 30, 1981 - Author Howell Vines died in Bessemer, Ala.
May 30, 1981 - The Los Angeles Dodgers became the quickest to get 1,000,000 people to attend games in a season. It took 22 games.
May 30, 1982 – Cal Ripken Jr. made his Major League debut and began his record-setting streak of 2,632 consecutive games played that would last for 17 seasons. The streak ended on Sept. 20, 1998.
May 30, 1983 - Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was suspended for one week for his public criticism of umpires.
May 30, 1987 - Eric Davis of the Cincinnati Reds became the first National League player to hit three grand slams in a month and set a National League record of 19 home runs in April and May.
May 30, 1992 - Scott Sanderson of the New York Yankees became the ninth pitcher to beat all 26 teams.
May 30, 2001 - Barry Bonds hit two home runs to move into 11th place on the major league career list with 522.
May 30, 2005 – Natalee Ann Holloway, 18, of Mountain Brook, Ala. disappeared while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba.
May 30, 2006 – “Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee” by Charles Shields published by Henry Holt & Co.