FACTS & STATISTICS
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:
April 30 is the 120th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (121st in leap years). There are 245 days remaining.
1900_1999 1900 - Hawaii becomes a territory of the United States, with Sanford B. Dole as governor. 1900 _ Casey Jones is killed attempting to save the runaway train Cannonball Express. 1904 - Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair opens in Saint Louis, Missouri. 1904 - The ice cream cone makes its debut. 1925 - Automaker Dodge Brothers, Inc is sold to Dillon, Read & Company for US$146 million plus US$50 million for charity. 1927 - The Federal Industrial Institute for Women, opens in Alderson, West Virginia as the first women's federal prison in the United States. 1938 - The cartoon short , debuts in movie theaters, introducing Porky's Hare Hunt Bugs Bunny. 1939 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the first President of the United States to appear on television. 1939 _ The 1939 New York World's Fair opens. 1943 - World War II: Operation Mincemeat - The submarine HMS surfaces in the Seraph Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain to deposit a dead man planted with false invasion plans and dressed as a British military intelligence officer. 1945 - Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after being married for one day. 1945 - The morning radio program Arthur Godfrey Time starring Arthur Godfrey debuts. 1947 - In Nevada Boulder Dam is officially renamed Hoover Dam again. 1948 - In Bogotá, Colombia, the Organization of American States is established. 1948 _ The Land Rover is unveiled at the Amsterdam Auto Show. 1966 - Anton LaVey founds the Church of Satan. 1973 - Watergate Scandal: President Richard Nixon announces that top White House aids H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and others have resigned. 1975 - Vietnam War: North Vietnamese troops occupy Saigon, ending the war. 1980 - Accession of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. 1983 - Michael Jackson's song " Beat It" hits number 1 on the Billboard music charts. 1988 - In Dublin, Ireland, Céline Dion wins the thirty-third Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland singing "Ne partez pas sans moi" (Don't leave without me). 1991 - A tropical cyclone hits Bangladesh killing an estimated 125,000 people. 1992 - The last episode of the airs. Cosby Show 1993 - CERN announces that the World Wide Web will be free to everyone. 1993 - During a changeover at a tennis tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Monica Seles is stabbed in the back by a deranged fan of rival Steffi Graf. Seles would not play competitively for more than two years after the incident. 1994 - In Dublin, Ireland, Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan win the thirty-ninth Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland singing "Rock'n'Roll Kids". 1997 - Ellen DeGeneres comes out of the closet on her sitcom Ellen (which originally aired on ABC this day). 1999 - NATO membership expands by approving the admission of the Czech Republic, Poland (the nations will be formally admitted following NATO's 50th anniversary summit next April). 1999 - Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the total members to 10.
1600-1899 1602 - William Lilly, astrologer (d. 1681) 1662 - Queen Mary II of England (d. 1694) 1777 - Carl Friedrich Gauss, mathematician, astronomer and physicist (d. 1855) 1867 - Burton Mossman, Arizona Ranger (d. 1956) 1870 - Franz Lehár, composer (d. 1948) 1877 - Alice B. Toklas, muse (d. 1967) 1883 - Jaroslav Hašek, Czech novelist (d. 1923) 1889 - Ellis Wilson, artist 1893 - Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi foreign minister (d. 1946) 1898 - Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr., reporter, columnist, author, lecturer
1900-1999 1908 - Eve Arden, actress, also listed as 1912 (d. 1990) 1909 - Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (d. 2004) 1910 - Al Lewis, actor (The Munsters) 1911 - Luise Rinser, narrator (d. 2002) 1916 - Claude Shannon, the "father of information theory (d. 2001) 1916 _ Robert Shaw, American conductor (d. 1999) 1926 - Cloris Leachman, actress (Oscar winner, 1971) also listed as 1930 1929 - Klausjürgen Wussow, actor 1933 - Willie Nelson, country musician, composer, actor 1938 - Gary Collins, actor 1938 - Larry Niven, science fiction author 1940 - Burt Young, actor 1941 - Johnny Farina, guitarist (Santo and Johnny) 1943 - Bobby Vee, singer 1944 - Jill Clayburgh, actress 1944 - Richard Schoff, singer (The Sandpipers) 1945 - Annie Dillard, poet, essayist, novelist 1946 - King Sweden 1946 - Don Schollander, Olympic gold medalist in swimming 1946 _ Ulla Hahn, lyricist 1948 - Perry King, actor 1949 - Rand Noël, astrologer, philosopher 1953 - Marie Osmond, singer (The Osmonds) 1955 - Nicolas Hulot, journalist, author 1961 - Isiah Thomas, basketball player, coach, owner 1964 - Barrington Levy, reggae and dancehall musician 1967 - Turbo B, rapper (Snap) 1969 - Clark Vogeler, rock guitarist (The Toadies) 1972 - J.R. Richards, singer (Dishwalla) 1973 - Jeff Timmons, R&B singer (98 Degrees) 1975 - Elliott Sadler, NASCAR driver 1978 - Tom Fulp, computer artist, creator and owner of Newgrounds 1982 - Kirsten Dunst, actress
1900_1999 1936 - Alfred Edward Housman, poet (b. 1859) 1943 - Otto Jespersen, Danish philologist (b. 1860) 1945 - Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun (suicide) 1956 - Alben W. Barkley, former Vice President of the United States (b. 1877) 1970 - Inger Stevens, actress (b. 1934) 1974 - Agnes Moorehead, actress (b. 1900) 1981 - Peter Huchel, German poet 1982 - Lester Bangs, music journalist, author, musician (b. 1949) 1983 - George Balanchine, dancer, choreographer (b. 1904) 1983 - Muddy Waters, blues musician (b. 1915) 1989 - Sergio Leone, Italian filmmaker (b. 1929)
Holidays and observances
April 29 - May 1 - March 29 - May 29 -- listing of all days