1431: Joan of Arc burned at the stake
1536: Jane Seymour married Henry VIII of England
1769: Ann Brunton Merry born (actress)
1794: Zilpah Polly Grant Banister born (educator)
1819: Hannah Myers Longshore born (physician)
1853: Kate Nichols Trask born (writer, playwright, founder of Yaddo, artists' retreat in New York)
1868: Decoration Day (to become Memorial Day) first officially observed in the United States. Mary Logan is credited with the suggestion of Memorial Day to her husband, Congressman John Logan.
1874: Josephine Preston Peabody (poet)
1882: Jane Deeter Rippin born
1901: Cornelia Otis Skinner born (actress, writer)
Feast Day: Saint Joan of Arc
Quote for Today
Service to Youth is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on earth.
-- Jane Deeter Rippin
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