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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, 414,864 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 ‘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

  • 1006
    Supernova SN 1006, the brightest supernova in recorded history, appears in the constellation Lupus.
  • 1947
    In Nevada, the Boulder Dam is renamed Hoover Dam a second time.
  • 1948
    In Bogotá, Colombia, the Organization of American States is established.
  • 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.
  • 1995
    U.S. President Bill Clinton became the first President to visit Northern Ireland.

Who were born on April 30?

  • 1870
    Franz Lehár, Austrian composer (d. 1948)
  • 1877
    Alice B. Toklas, American companion of Gertrude Stein (d. 1967)
  • 1960
    David Miscavige, American cult leader
  • 1963
    Stefan Kisyov, Bulgarian novelist
  • 1972
    JR Richards, American musician, composer, actor (Dishwalla)

Who died on April 30?

  • 1847
    Archduke Charles of Austria, Austrian general (b. 1771)
  • 1879
    Emma Hale Smith Bidamon, wife of Joseph Smith, and mother of Joseph Smith III (b.1804)
  • 1966
    Richard Farina, American folk singer and author (b. 1937)
  • 1994
    Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian race car driver (b. 1960)
  • 2010
    Gerry Ryan, Irish radio broadcaster (b. 1956)

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