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

  • 1812
    The Territory of Orleans becomes the 18th U.S. state under the name Louisiana.
  • 1838
    Nicaragua declares independence from the Central American Federation.
  • 1871
    The Camp Grant Massacre takes place in Arizona Territory.
  • 1907
    Honolulu, Hawaii becomes an independent city.
  • 1927
    Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
  • 1939
    NBC inaugurates its regularly scheduled television service in New York City, broadcasting President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s N.Y. World’s Fair opening day ceremonial address.
  • 1947
    In Nevada, the Boulder Dam is renamed Hoover Dam a second time.
  • 1973
    Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces that top White House aids H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and others have resigned.
  • 1993
    Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom.
  • 2004
    U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.

Who were born on April 30?

  • 1770
    David Thompson, Canadian explorer (d. 1857)
  • 1923
    Kagamisato Kiyoji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 42nd Yokozuna (d. 2004)
  • 1928
    Hugh Hood, Canadian author (d. 2000)
  • 1945
    Annie Dillard, American writer
  • 1948
    Perry King, American actor
  • 1954
    Jane Campion, New Zealand film director
  • 1956
    Lars von Trier, Danish film director
  • 1957
    Aviva Chomsky, American historian, daughter of Noam Chomsky
  • 1960
    Kerry Healey, American politician
  • 1971
    John Boyne, Irish novelist

Who died on April 30?

  • 1030
    Mahmud of Ghazni, ruler of the Ghaznavid Dynasty of India (b. 971)
  • 1063
    Emperor Renzong of China (b. 1010)
  • 1131
    Adjutor, Roman Catholic Saint
  • 1936
    Alfred Edward Housman, British poet (b. 1859)
  • 1945
    Adolf Hitler, Austrian-German dictator of Nazi Germany (b. 1889)
  • 1970
    Inger Stevens, Swedish actress (b. 1934)
  • 1973
    Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator (b. 1911)
  • 1996
    David Opatoshu, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 2002
    Nitsa Tsaganea, Greek actress (b. 1899)
  • 2006
    Beatriz Sheridan, Mexican actress and director (b. 1934)

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