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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 245 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 17, 2020 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,470,080 minutes 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 288 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 2,687 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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April 30 Historical Events
Supernova SN 1006, the brightest supernova in recorded history, appears in the constellation Lupus.
Enguerrand de Marigny is hanged on the public gallows at Montfaucon.
Louisiana Purchase: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.
A 65-man French Foreign Legion infantry patrol fought a force of nearly 2,000 Mexican soldiers to nearly the last man in Hacienda Camarón, Mexico.
Coxey’s Army reaches Washington, D.C. to protest the unemployment caused by the Panic of 1893.
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.
Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom.
U.S. President Bill Clinton became the first President to visit Northern Ireland.
Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the number of members to 10.
U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.
Who were born on April 30?
Mathurin Jacques Brisson, French naturalist (d. 1806)
Kaspar Hauser, German mystery boy (d. 1833)
Jaroslav Hašek, Czech novelist (d. 1923)
Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi foreign minister (d. 1946)
Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (d. 2004)
Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian songwriter and performer (d. 2008)
Johnny Horton, American musician (d. 1960)
Paul Gross, Canadian actor, director, and writer
Darren Emerson, British DJ (Underworld)
Mike Chat, American actor
Who died on April 30?
John Montagu, supposed inventor of the sandwich (b. 1718)
Jean Danjou, French foreign legion captain (b. 1828)
Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler’s wife (b. 1912)
Gia Scala, British-American actress (b. 1934)
Agnes Moorehead, American actress (b. 1900)
George Balanchine, Russian-born dancer and choreographer (b. 1904)
Mark Berger, University of Kentucky professor (b. 1955)
Beatriz Sheridan, Mexican actress and director (b. 1934)
Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesian novelist (b. 1925)
Gordon Scott, American actor (b. 1927)
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