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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

  • 1671
    Petar Zrinski, the Croatian Ban from the Zrinski family, is executed.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 1995
    U.S. President Bill Clinton became the first President to visit Northern Ireland.

Who were born on April 30?

  • 1777
    Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician (d. 1855)
  • 1874
    Cyriel Verschaeve, Flemish clergyman (d. 1949)
  • 1954
    Thom Bray, American actor
  • 1967
    Steven Mackintosh, British actor
  • 1982
    Drew Seeley, Canadian actor and singer

Who died on April 30?

  • 1660
    Petrus Scriverius, Dutch writer (b. 1576)
  • 1974
    Agnes Moorehead, American actress (b. 1900)
  • 1996
    David Opatoshu, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 2002
    Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, founder of the Gründerzeit Museum in Berlin-Mahlsdorf (b. 1928)
  • 2003
    Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (b. 1923)

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