Historical Political Events for May 30

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Year Event
1431 Joan of Arc burned at the stake by the bishop of Beauvais, Pierre Cauchon, after being duly convicted of high treason against God by an ecclesiastical court.
1814 Yet another Treaty of Paris is signed ending the war between France and the Sixth Coalition of the United Kingdom, Russia, Austria, Sweden and Prussia. It also enforced the abdication of Napoleon I. The greater territorial reshaping of Europe was reserved for the Congress of Vienna.
1908 First federal workmen's compensation law approved. Commentary on such issues here.
1937 Memorial Day Massacre by Chicago Police occurred this date. Four strikers are killed, three others mortally wounded, and 84 injured as police fire on unarmed Republic Steel strikers and brutally assault wives and children.
1960 The brutal 31-year reign of Dominican Republic president Rafael Trujillo ends in assassination by rival military officers (with CIA help, of course). The nation remains in a state of crisis for several years.
2006 In an opinion authored by Justice Kennedy and joined by the rest of the emerging conservative bloc (Roberts, Alito, Thomas and Scalia), the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the First Amendment offers no protection against retaliation to public employees {pdf} who, in the course of their duties, blow the whistle on waste, fraud or corruption.
2010 The cost of the United States' wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have cost taxpayers more than one trillion dollars, a Massachusetts nonprofit stated this date.
-- Memorial Day or Decoration Day as it used to be called.
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.
    — Joan of Arc
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