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May 30, 1431

Joan of Arc martyred

At Rouen, Joan of Arc, the peasant girl who became the savior of France, is burned at the stake for heresy. At the age of 16, "voices" of Christian saints told Joan to aid Charles, the French dauphin, in gaining the French throne and expelling the English from France. Convinced of the validity of he...

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May 30, 1989

Tiananmen Protestors Unveil "Goddess of Democracy"

On this day in 1989, after more than a month of demonstrations, Chinese protestors occupying Tiananmen Square in Beijing erected a 10-metre-tall statue called The Goddess of Democracy in a direct challenge to the Communist Chinese government. In the hopes of bolstering the flagging protest move...

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