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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, 1,493,510,400 seconds 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

  • 313
    Battle of Tzirallum: Emperor Licinius defeats Maximinus II and unifies the Eastern Roman Empire.
  • 1671
    Petar Zrinski, the Croatian Ban from the Zrinski family, is executed.
  • 1937
    The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative.
  • 1939
    NBC inaugurates its regularly scheduled television service in New York City, broadcasting President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s N.Y. World’s Fair opening day ceremonial address.
  • 1980
    Accession of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Who were born on April 30?

  • 1933
    Willie Nelson, American musician
  • 1941
    Stavros Dimas, Greek politician
  • 1961
    Isiah Thomas, American basketball player
  • 1980
    Luis Scola, Argentinean basketball player
  • 1981
    John O'Shea, Irish footballer

Who died on April 30?

  • 1341
    John III, Duke of Brittany (b. 1285)
  • 1439
    Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, British military leader (b. 1382)
  • 1863
    Jean Danjou, French foreign legion captain (b. 1828)
  • 1879
    Emma Hale Smith Bidamon, wife of Joseph Smith, and mother of Joseph Smith III (b.1804)
  • 1998
    Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)

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