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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

  • 1904
    The Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair opens in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1953
    In Warner Robins, Georgia, an F4 tornado kills 18 people.
  • 1956
    Former Vice President and Senator Alben Barkley dies during a speech in Virginia. He collapses after proclaiming “I would rather be a servant in the house of the lord than sit in the seats of the mighty.”
  • 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.
  • 1980
    Accession of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Who were born on April 30?

  • 1893
    Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi foreign minister (d. 1946)
  • 1925
    Corinne Calvet, French actress (d. 2001)
  • 1947
    Finn Kalvik, Norwegian singer
  • 1969
    Paulo Jr., Brazilian musician (Sepultura)
  • 1975
    Elliott Sadler, American race car driver

Who died on April 30?

  • 1341
    John III, Duke of Brittany (b. 1285)
  • 1795
    Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer and numismatist (b. 1716)
  • 1806
    Onogawa Kisaburō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 5th Yokozuna (b. 1758)
  • 1983
    George Balanchine, Russian-born dancer and choreographer (b. 1904)
  • 2006
    Beatriz Sheridan, Mexican actress and director (b. 1934)

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