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United Nations: World No Tobacco Day
(Observed per 1988 United Nations Resolution WHA42.19 calling for the annual celebration of World No Tobacco Day on May 31.)
United Nations Tobacco Offical Website: World No Tobacco Day
1819 Walt Whitman (New York-born Poet, Journalist, Essayist) Walt Whitman American Authors Poetry
1941 Louis J. Ignarro (New York City-born Pharmacologist; 1998 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine) Louis J. Ignarro Medical Research The Heart 1998 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
Sports Figures
1943 Joe Namath (Pennsylvania-born Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Pennsylvania Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame Biography.com
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1910 Elizabeth Blackwell (English-American Physician: First Woman to Obtain a Medical Degree in the United States) Elizabeth Blackwell Medicine Education Women
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1909 The Arkansas General Assembly Approves Construction of a State Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Booneville Booneville, Arkansas Tuberculosis Arkansas History Commission
1930 Georgia Golfer, Bobby Jones, Wins the British Amateur Championship Bobby Jones Golfing Hall of Fame British Amateur Championship University of Georgia
1946 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Results in 840 to 1,300 Deaths and the Destruction of Several Turkish Villages Turkey Earthquakes Death USGS
1967 A.J. Foyt Wins the Indianapolis 500 Texas Sports Figures Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway History Channel
1968 The First Canadian Heart Transplant Is Performed Canada Health Care Heart Transplants Historic Firsts CBC
1970 7.9 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 50,000, Creating Avalanche That Buries the 20,000 Person Town of Yungay Peru Earthquakes Death USGS
1985 England's Football Association Bans English Soccer Clubs from Playing in Europe English Sports Figures Soccer BBC

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