30 May It Happened Today

1431  Joan of Arc is burned at the stake in Rouen.

1536  King Henry VIII of England marries Jane Seymour.

1640  Death of Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens.

1788  Death of French philosopher Voltaire.

1846  Birth of Peter Carl Faberge, famed for his ornately decorated Easter eggs.

1908  Birth of Mel Blanc, American voice over artist who provided the voices for Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

1959  The first hovercraft ifs launched at Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

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