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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 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.
  • 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.
  • 1900
    Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.
  • 1904
    The Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair opens in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1966
    The Church of Satan is established at the Black House in San Francisco, California.

Who were born on April 30?

  • 1923
    Al Lewis, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1933
    Dickie Davies, British television presenter
  • 1964
    Ian Healy, Australian cricketer
  • 1965
    Adrian Pasdar, American actor
  • 1981
    John O'Shea, Irish footballer

Who died on April 30?

  • 1439
    Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, British military leader (b. 1382)
  • 1943
    Beatrice Webb, British economist (b. 1858)
  • 2003
    Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (b. 1923)
  • 2006
    Beatriz Sheridan, Mexican actress and director (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Lawrence Patrick, Biomechanics Professor, crash test subject (b. 1920)

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