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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

  • 1315
    Enguerrand de Marigny is hanged on the public gallows at Montfaucon.
  • 1907
    Honolulu, Hawaii becomes an independent city.
  • 1945
    World War II: Führerbunker: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after being married for one day. Soviet soldiers raise the Victory Banner over the Reichstag building.
  • 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.
  • 1993
    Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom.

Who were born on April 30?

  • 1905
    Sergey Nikolsky, Russian mathematician
  • 1923
    Francis Tucker, South African rally driver (d. 2008)
  • 1946
    Bill Plympton, American animator
  • 1969
    Warren Defever, American musician, composer
  • 1981
    Kunal Nayyar, Indian/British actor

Who died on April 30?

  • 1660
    Petrus Scriverius, Dutch writer (b. 1576)
  • 1792
    John Montagu, supposed inventor of the sandwich (b. 1718)
  • 1795
    Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer and numismatist (b. 1716)
  • 1980
    Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet, journalist, and politician (b. 1898)
  • 1982
    Lester Bangs, American music journalist, author, and musician (b. 1949)

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