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

  • 1513
    Edmund de la Pole, Yorkist pretender to the English throne, is executed on the orders of Henry VIII.
  • 1803
    Louisiana Purchase: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.
  • 1871
    The Camp Grant Massacre takes place in Arizona Territory.
  • 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).
  • 1975
    Fall of Saigon (or Liberation of Saigon from the Communist perspective): Communist forces gain control of Saigon. The Vietnam War formally ends with the unconditional surrender of South Vietnamese president Duong Van Minh.
  • 1993
    Monica Seles is stabbed by Günter Parche, an obsessed fan, during a quarterfinal match of the 1993 Citizen Cup in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1993
    Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom.
  • 1995
    U.S. President Bill Clinton became the first President to visit Northern Ireland.
  • 2008
    Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia are confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters.

Who were born on April 30?

  • 1914
    Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian songwriter and performer (d. 2008)
  • 1916
    Claude E. Shannon, American engineer and mathematician (d. 2001)
  • 1923
    Kagamisato Kiyoji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 42nd Yokozuna (d. 2004)
  • 1938
    Gary Collins, American actor
  • 1940
    Burt Young, American actor
  • 1949
    António Guterres, Prime Minister of Portugal
  • 1964
    Ian Healy, Australian cricketer
  • 1973
    Jeff Timmons, American singer (98 Degrees)
  • 1981
    Kunal Nayyar, Indian/British actor
  • 2002
    Miguel Urdangarín y de Borbón, Spanish prince

Who died on April 30?

  • 1063
    Emperor Renzong of China (b. 1010)
  • 1736
    Johann Albert Fabricius, German classical scholar and bibliographer (b. 1668)
  • 1875
    Jean Frederic Waldeck, French explorer, lithographer, and cartographer (b. 1766)
  • 1883
    Édouard Manet, French painter (b. 1832)
  • 1936
    Alfred Edward Housman, British poet (b. 1859)
  • 1945
    Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler’s wife (b. 1912)
  • 1972
    Gia Scala, British-American actress (b. 1934)
  • 1996
    David Opatoshu, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 2003
    Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (b. 1923)
  • 2007
    Gordon Scott, American actor (b. 1927)

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