Birth anniversaries of Mel Blanc (1908-89), Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) and Peter I of
Happy Birthday! Michael J. Pollard, Gale Sayers, Clint Walker
1431 - Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France, at the age of 19.
1539 - Hernando de Soto, the Spanish explorer, landed in Florida with 600 soldiers to search for gold.
1848 - W.G. Young patented the ice cream freezer.
1868 - Memorial Day was observed widely for the first time in the U.S.
1879 - William Vanderbilt renamed New York City's Gilmore’s Garden to Madison Square Garden.
1911 - Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis Sweepstakes. The 500-mile auto race later became known as the Indianapolis 500. Harroun's average speed was 74.59 miles per hour.
1922 - The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.
1996 - Britain's Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their 10-year marriage.