Monday, May 30, 2011

The greatest French soldier was a 16 year old girl

May 30th
On this day in 1431 Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy. She was the daughter of a tenant farmer who would lead the French to victory in the 100 years war after hearing voices that commanded her greatness. The war was fought to rid France of English rule after many years of co-mingling of the royal families. After helping France win some key victories she was sold out by her own countrymen and sold to the English.
Did you know one of our presidents was a murderer? Andrew Jackson killed rival horse breeder Charles Dickinson on this day in 1806 in a duel after accusing Rachael Jackson of being a bigamist. An accusation that wasn't entirely untrue as Rachael's first husband had failed to finalize their divorce papers. Jackson was said to of appeared in as many as 100 duels in his life. However I believe he was only involved in 13, still alot for a man who would live a long life full of hating his fellow man.
On this day 100 years ago the first Indianapolis 500 was held. Known as the great American race, it has become a Memorial Day tradition. Ray Harroun won the inaugural race and collected a $14,250 purse clocking in at an average speed of 74 mph. The race lasted 6 hours and 20 mins.

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