May 30: Feast day of St Joan of Arc; Armando Vallada res; Fabergé
Joan of Arc, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
1937 Armando Valladares, poet, diplomat, political prisoner and prisoner of conscience in Cuba. Following his release in 1982, he wrote a book detailing his allegations of torture at the hands of the Cuban government, and was appointed by US President Ronald Reagan to serve as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
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Human rights activist Valladares was imprisoned in 1960, at the age of 23, when the new cruel regime under Fidel Castro and Che Guevara cracked down on dissidents. He was imprisoned for refusing to place a placard on his desk at work stating that he supported Communism. He spent 22 years in prison, including years of solitary confinement.
1846 Peter Carl Fabergé also known as Karl Gustavovich Fabergé (Russian: Карл Густавович Фаберже, May 30 [OS May 18], d. Sept. 24, 1920) was a Russian jeweller, best known for the famous Fabergé eggs, made in the style of genuine Easter eggs, but using precious metals and gemstones rather than more mundane materials.