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 120th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 245 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 17, 2017 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,891,840 minutes 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 ‘hectaicosagon’ 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 295 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 1,591 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 30 Historical Events

  • 1513
    Edmund de la Pole, Yorkist pretender to the English throne, is executed on the orders of Henry VIII.
  • 1838
    Nicaragua declares independence from the Central American Federation.
  • 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.
  • 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 animated cartoon short Porky’s Hare Hunt debuts in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbit (a prototype of Bugs Bunny).
  • 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.”
  • 1961
    K-19, the first Soviet nuclear submarine equipped with nuclear missiles, is commissioned.
  • 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.
  • 1993
    CERN announces World Wide Web protocols will be free.
  • 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?

  • 1710
    Johann Kaspar Basselet von La Rosée, Bavarian general (d. 1795)
  • 1770
    David Thompson, Canadian explorer (d. 1857)
  • 1829
    Ferdinand von Hochstetter, Austrian geologist (d. 1884)
  • 1865
    Max Nettlau, German anarchist (d. 1944)
  • 1914
    Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian songwriter and performer (d. 2008)
  • 1923
    Al Lewis, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1934
    Jerry Lordan, British composer and singer (d. 1995)
  • 1949
    António Guterres, Prime Minister of Portugal
  • 1949
    Phil Garner, baseball manager
  • 1963
    Michael Waltrip, American race car driver

Who died on April 30?

  • 1660
    Petrus Scriverius, Dutch writer (b. 1576)
  • 1847
    Archduke Charles of Austria, Austrian general (b. 1771)
  • 1900
    Casey Jones, American train engineer (b. 1863)
  • 1943
    Beatrice Webb, British economist (b. 1858)
  • 1956
    Alben W. Barkley, Vice President of the United States (b. 1877)
  • 1966
    Richard Farina, American folk singer and author (b. 1937)
  • 1974
    Agnes Moorehead, American actress (b. 1900)
  • 2000
    Poul Hartling, Danish diplomat and politician (b. 1914)
  • 2008
    John Cargher, Australian radio broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • 2009
    Henk Nijdam, Dutch professional road bicycle rider (b. 1935)

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