May 30, Joan of Arc (19), condemned as a heretic [as a witch], was burned at the stake in Rouen, France. A silent movie of her life was made in 1927 by Carl Theodor Dreyer.


May 30, Memorial Day began when two women placed flowers on both Confederate and Union graves.


May 30, Vivian Malone (later Vivian Malone Jones) became the first black graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Business Management.



May 30, Natalee Holloway disappeared on the last night of a trip to Aruba to celebrate her graduation from Alabama high school. On Jan 12, 2012, an Alabama judge declared Natalee dead.



May 30, Miss Canada, Natalie Glebova, was crowned Miss Universe in the 54th annual pageant held in the Thai capital of Bangkok.


May 30, In Arizona a home invasion in rural Arivaca left Brisenia Flores (9) and her father Raul Flores Jr., dead. In June 3 people were arrested for the murders. Two of the people arrested headed up a splinter Minuteman group, and were looking for drugs and money to fund their efforts to keep illegal immigrants and drug runners out of the country. On Feb 14, 2011, Shawna Forde, head of the Minutemen American Defense group, was found guilty of murder. On Feb 22 a jury sentenced her to death.


May 30, Michelle Samaraweera (35) was raped 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.

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May 30, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said General Motors Corp. will sell its Opel unit and other European assets to Canada’s Magna International Inc. in a deal that would protect the assets from GM’s likely bankruptcy.



May 30, El Salvador’s Health Minister approved the C-section for a 22-year-old woman suffering from kidney failure and lupus, a day after the Supreme Court ruled that she could not have an abortion despite her lawyers’ appeal that the pregnancy was life-threatening. Ultrasound images indicated that her fetus was developing with only a brain stem and was given no chance of surviving. The C-section was performed on June 3. Her baby girl, born without a brain, died within hours.

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