Calendar for May 30th, 2013

1848: U.S. and Mexico ratifications of Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo exchanged at Queretaro. (Treaty was originally signed on Feb. 2, 1848.)

Born 1893: Norman Cota (U.S. brigadier general)

Born 1896: Howard Hawks (director of film)

Born 1908: Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny and other characters)

Born 1909: Benny Goodman (musician & bandleader)

1911: First 500 mile automobile race at Indianapolis Speedway was held

Died 1912: Wilbur Wright (aviator)

1922: Lincoln Memorial dedicated in Washington, D.C.

Died 1960: Boris Pasternak (writer)

Born 1964: Wynonna Judd (country music singer)

1968: First national celebration of Memorial (Decoration) Day took place in the Arlington National Cemetery of Virginia

1971: U.S. launched Mariner 9, first spacecraft to orbit another planet

Died 1971: Marcel Dupré (composer)

Born 1972: Manny Ramirez (baseball player)

Died 1986: Perry Ellis (fashion designer)

Died 2007: Gus Wickstrom (retired farmer who used pig spleens to forecast the weather [claimed 90% accuracy])

2013: Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury stole five bases during his team's 9-2 win against the Philadelphia Phillies. It was a club record.

2013: Thirteen-year-old Arvind Mahankali, of Bayside Hills, New York, correctly spelled "knaidel" to become the champion of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Maryland