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

  • 1492
    Spain gives Christopher Columbus his commission of exploration.
  • 1803
    Louisiana Purchase: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.
  • 1900
    Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.
  • 1900
    Hawaii becomes a territory of the United States, with Sanford B. Dole as governor.
  • 1937
    The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative.
  • 1938
    The animated cartoon short Porky’s Hare Hunt debuts in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbit (a prototype of Bugs Bunny).
  • 1963
    The Bristol Bus Boycott is held in Bristol to protest the Bristol Omnibus Company’s refusal to employ Black or Asian bus crews, drawing national attention to racial discrimination in the United Kingdom.
  • 1988
    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opens World Expo '88 in Brisbane, Australia.
  • 1993
    CERN announces World Wide Web protocols will be free.
  • 2009
    Seven people are killed and 17 injured at a Queen’s Day parade in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

Who were born on April 30?

  • 1909
    Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1921
    Tove Maës, Danish actress (d. 2011)
  • 1925
    Corinne Calvet, French actress (d. 2001)
  • 1926
    Cloris Leachman, American actress
  • 1941
    Johnny Farina, American musician and composer (Santo & Johnny)
  • 1943
    Bobby Vee, American singer
  • 1946
    King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
  • 1947
    Manousos Manousakis, Greek director and producer
  • 1957
    Aviva Chomsky, American historian, daughter of Noam Chomsky
  • 1986
    Dianna Agron, American actress

Who died on April 30?

  • 1736
    Johann Albert Fabricius, German classical scholar and bibliographer (b. 1668)
  • 1863
    Jean Danjou, French foreign legion captain (b. 1828)
  • 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)
  • 1982
    Lester Bangs, American music journalist, author, and musician (b. 1949)
  • 1989
    Princess Bang-ja of Korea (b. 1901)
  • 1993
    Tommy Caton, British footballer (b. 1962)
  • 2003
    Mark Berger, University of Kentucky professor (b. 1955)
  • 2007
    Grégory Lemarchal, French singer (b. 1983)

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