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On this day: May 30

Published On: May 28 2013 12:07:48 PM EDT   Updated On: May 30 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

Joan of Arc is burned at the stake, the Confederacy picks Richmond as its capital, the first Indy 500 is held, and the Lincoln Memorial is dedicated, all on this day.

OTD May 30 - Joan of Arc
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1431: Nineteen-year-old Joan of Arc, who had claimed divine guidance in leading the French army to several important victories over the English during the Hundred Years' War, is burned at the stake for heresy by an English-dominated tribunal in Rouen, France. Twenty-five years after her execution, a Roman Catholic Church inquisitorial court examined the trial, pronounced her innocent and declared her a martyr. She was canonized as a saint in 1920.


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