What are the important events that happened on April 30? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 30: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 30 is the 121st day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 245 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 17, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 406,104 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaicosahenagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 273 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,226 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 30 Historical Events

  • 1789
    On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.
  • 1803
    Louisiana Purchase: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.
  • 1863
    A 65-man French Foreign Legion infantry patrol fought a force of nearly 2,000 Mexican soldiers to nearly the last man in Hacienda Camarón, Mexico.
  • 1907
    Honolulu, Hawaii becomes an independent city.
  • 1920
    Peru becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1943
    World War II: Operation Mincemeat: The submarine HMS Seraph surfaces in the 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.
  • 1947
    In Nevada, the Boulder Dam is renamed Hoover Dam a second time.
  • 1956
    Former Vice President and Senator Alben Barkley dies during a speech in Virginia. He collapses after proclaiming “I would rather be a servant in the house of the lord than sit in the seats of the mighty.”
  • 1967
    The Aldene Connection opened in Roselle Park, NJ, shutting down the CNJ’s Jersey City waterfront terminal and transferring commuters to Newark Penn Station.
  • 2009
    Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Who were born on April 30?

  • 1876
    Orso Mario Corbino, Italian physicist (d. 1937)
  • 1923
    Al Lewis, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1930
    Félix Guattari, French philosopher and social theorist (d. 1992)
  • 1933
    Willie Nelson, American musician
  • 1959
    Paul Gross, Canadian actor, director, and writer
  • 1960
    Kerry Healey, American politician
  • 1965
    Adrian Pasdar, American actor
  • 1973
    Jeff Timmons, American singer (98 Degrees)
  • 1975
    Mike Chat, American actor
  • 1986
    Dianna Agron, American actress

Who died on April 30?

  • 1550
    Tabinshwehti, King of Burma (b. 1516)
  • 1642
    Dmitry Pozharsky, Russian prince (b. 1578)
  • 1696
    Robert Plot, British naturalist (b. 1640)
  • 1736
    Johann Albert Fabricius, German classical scholar and bibliographer (b. 1668)
  • 1903
    Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist (b. 1831)
  • 1943
    Beatrice Webb, British economist (b. 1858)
  • 1966
    Richard Farina, American folk singer and author (b. 1937)
  • 1974
    Agnes Moorehead, American actress (b. 1900)
  • 1982
    Lester Bangs, American music journalist, author, and musician (b. 1949)
  • 2003
    Peter ‘Possum’Bourne, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1956)

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