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Ignace Tonené (1840 or 1841 – 1916) was the chief of the Teme-Augama Anishnabai, an Indigenous nation in Ontario. He was a fur trader and a gold prospector who was a prominent employee of the Hudson's Bay Company. Tonené was elected the deputy chief before being the lead chief and later the life chief of his community. In his role as deputy, he negotiated with the Canadian federal government and the Ontario provincial government, advocating for his community to receive annual financial support from both. His attempts to secure land reserves for his community were thwarted by Ontario premier Oliver Mowat. Tonené's gold prospecting triggered a 1906 staking rush and the creation of the Kerr Addison gold mine. One of his claims over the gold was stolen from him by white Canadian prospectors. He died near Lake Abitibi, Quebec, and was buried close to Mount Kanasuta. In 2016, Tournene Lake in the Timiskaming District of Ontario was renamed as Chief Tonene Lake. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that the four sons of Horus (pictured) were believed to have protected deceased people in the afterlife by creating a specialized connection with the deceased's internal organs?
- ... that duplex stainless steel can undergo 475 °C embrittlement that causes a loss of plasticity when it is heated between 315 °C (599 °F) and 540 °C (1,004 °F)?
- ... that Vietnam War photojournalist Art Greenspon was wounded in the face by a shot that had first passed through colleague Co Rentmeester's hand?
- ... that programs at a Cleveland public TV station had to be recorded in between school bells and fire drills?
- ... that actress Eula Morgan performed opera in her 1940s film roles, such as Madame Rinaldi in The Great American Broadcast?
- ... that the ownership group of San Diego's MLS team includes a Native American tribe and baseball player Manny Machado?
- ... that chef Lata Tondon once set a Guinness World Record with a cooking marathon lasting 87 hours 45 minutes?
- ... that the relatively low standards of player selection for Somerset County Cricket Club in 1883 have been described as being "determined with a nod and a wink over drinks"?
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- In golf, Brooks Koepka wins the PGA Championship.
- American football Hall of Fame fullback Jim Brown dies at the age of 87.
- Amid a political crisis in Ecuador, President Guillermo Lasso dissolves the National Assembly and triggers an early general election.
On this day
May 30: Statehood Day in Croatia (1990)
- 1431 – Hundred Years' War: After being convicted of heresy, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France.
- 1723 – Johann Sebastian Bach (pictured) assumed the office of Thomaskantor in Leipzig, presenting the cantata, Die Elenden sollen essen, BWV 75, in the St. Nicholas Church.
- 1943 – The first game of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the forerunner of women's professional league sports in the United States, was played.
- 1963 – Buddhist crisis: A protest against pro-Catholic discrimination was held outside South Vietnam's National Assembly, the first open demonstration against President Ngô Đình Diệm.
- 1998 – An earthquake registering 6.5 Mw struck northern Afghanistan, killing at least 4,000 people, destroying more than 30 villages, and leaving 45,000 people homeless.
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- Marcel Bich (d. 1994)
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Rosa Raisa (30 May 1893 – 28 September 1963) was a Polish-born and Italian-trained Russian-Jewish dramatic operatic soprano who became a naturalized American. She possessed a voice of remarkable power and was the creator of the title role of Puccini's last opera, Turandot, at La Scala in Milan. This photograph of Raisa, which she autographed in 1917, was taken by Herman Mishkin, a Russian-American photographer who specialized in photographing opera singers.
Photograph credit: Herman Mishkin; restored by Adam Cuerden
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