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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

  • 1315
    Enguerrand de Marigny is hanged on the public gallows at Montfaucon.
  • 1803
    Louisiana Purchase: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.
  • 1948
    In Bogotá, Colombia, the Organization of American States is established.
  • 1967
    The Aldene Connection opened in Roselle Park, NJ, shutting down the CNJ’s Jersey City waterfront terminal and transferring commuters to Newark Penn Station.
  • 1999
    Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the number of members to 10.

Who were born on April 30?

  • 1883
    Jaroslav Hašek, Czech novelist (d. 1923)
  • 1923
    Kagamisato Kiyoji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 42nd Yokozuna (d. 2004)
  • 1954
    Jane Campion, New Zealand film director
  • 1963
    Michael Waltrip, American race car driver
  • 1964
    Barrington Levy, Jamaican musician

Who died on April 30?

  • 1030
    Mahmud of Ghazni, ruler of the Ghaznavid Dynasty of India (b. 971)
  • 1936
    Alfred Edward Housman, British poet (b. 1859)
  • 1983
    Muddy Waters, American musician (b. 1913)
  • 1989
    Princess Bang-ja of Korea (b. 1901)
  • 2006
    Beatriz Sheridan, Mexican actress and director (b. 1934)

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