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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

  • 1900
    Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.
  • 1938
    The animated cartoon short Porky’s Hare Hunt debuts in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbit (a prototype of Bugs Bunny).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on April 30?

  • 1864
    Juhan Liiv, Estonian poet (d. 1913)
  • 1930
    Félix Guattari, French philosopher and social theorist (d. 1992)
  • 1933
    Willie Nelson, American musician
  • 1961
    Isiah Thomas, American basketball player
  • 1982
    Kirsten Dunst, American actress

Who died on April 30?

  • 1550
    Tabinshwehti, King of Burma (b. 1516)
  • 1966
    Richard Farina, American folk singer and author (b. 1937)
  • 1973
    Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator (b. 1911)
  • 1989
    Sergio Leone, Italian filmmaker (b. 1929)
  • 2005
    Ron Todd, TGWU General Secretary (1985 – 1992) (b. 1927)

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