On June 30, a French king suffered a fatal injury during a jousting accident. This is a look at events and birthdays from today in history around the world.
1559: King Henri II of France Suffers Jousting Accident
King Henri II hosted a jousting event to celebrate a peace treaty between Spain and France. The jousting tournaments lasted a few days in the month, with Henri taking part on this day in history. His wife, Catherine de Medici, had tried to persuade him not to joust due to bouts of giddiness after physical exertion, but he ignored her. It was during a second joust against his Scottish guard, the Count of Montgomery, when the lance hit Henri’s helmet. A splinted penetrated Henri’s brain through his eye and the king died on July 10 from his injuries.
1900: New Jersey Piers Catch Fire
More than 300 people died on this day, after boats (and the pier) at Hoboken, New Jersey burned. Almost everyone in the NYC area could see the fire. The fire had started near Pier 3 at 4 p.m. but before the fire department made it to the scene, one of the boats Saale had caught fire and drifted into the Hudson River. Most of the workers drowned, as they couldn’t swim. The piers caught fire and they had to be rebuilt with steel.
1992: Margaret Thatcher Takes Seat in House of Lords
A year after leaving the House of Commons and almost two years after stepping down as Prime Minister of Britain, Margaret Thatcher became Baronness Thatch of Kesteven and took her place in the House of Lords. Her first debate was about the Maastrict Treaty, which she was against. Throughout her time in the Lords, she made sure her views against the European Union were heard.
Famous Birthdays on June 30
Johan the Standvastige, Monarch of Saxon—1468
King Charles VIII of France—1470
Dramatist John Gay—1865
First Lady Elizabeth Kortright Monroe—1768
Painter E J Horace Vernet—1789
Pro wrestler Ed “Strangler” Lewis—1891
American bank robber Willie Sutton—1901
Tulsa actress Susan Hayward—1917
Record producer Mike Leander Farr—1941
Boxer Mike Tyson—1966
American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino—1984
Most-decorated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps—1985
Featured image from Deposit Photos
Birthdays from OnThisDay.com and FamousBirthdays.com
Henri II of France: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_II_of_France#/media/File:Henry_II_of_France..jpg
Charles VIII of France: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_VIII_of_France#/media/File:Charles_VIII_Ecole_Francaise_16th_century_Musee_de_Conde_Chantilly.jpg
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