AP Highlight in History: On May 30, 1989, student demonstrators at Tiananmen Square in Beijing erected a 33-foot statue they called the "Goddess of Democracy."
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Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen, France.
Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto landed in Florida.
The territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.
The Indianapolis 500 was run for the first time.
The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
Spain became NATO's 16th member.
Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles played in the first of a record 2,632 consecutive major league baseball games.
Britain's Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their 10-year marriage.
Child molester Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, N.J., of raping and strangling a 7-year-old neighbor, Megan Kanka. (The case inspired "Megan's Law," which requires that communities be notified when sex offenders move in.)
A solemn, wordless ceremony marked the end of the cleanup at Ground Zero in New York, 8 1/2 months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Vice President Dick Cheney predicted the Iraq war would end before the Bush administration left office, saying "I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency," on CNN's "Larry King Live.".
A jury in Rockville, Md., convicted John Allen Muhammad of six of the Washington-area sniper killings.
Germany announced plans to abandon nuclear power over the next 11 years, outlining an ambitious strategy in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster to replace atomic power with renewable energy sources.