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Famous birthdays, deaths and events of April 30


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Birthdays
  • 1553 - Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont, queen of France (d. 1601)
  • 1651 - Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, French educational reformer
  • 1664 - François Louis, Prince of Conti
  • 1812 - Kaspar Hauser, German mystery boy (d. 1833)
  • 1864 - Juhan Liiv, Estonian poet (d. 1913)
  • 1865 - Max Nettlau, German anarchist (d. 1944)
  • 1870 - Franz Lehár, Austrian composer (d. 1948)
  • 1877 - Alice B. Toklas, American companion of Gertrude Stein (d. 1967)
  • 1883 - Jaroslav Hašek, Czech novelist (d. 1923)
  • 1897 - Humberto Mauro, Brazillina director and screenwriter (d. 1983)
  • 1908 - Eve Arden, American actress (d. 1990)
  • 1920 - Duncan Hamilton, British racing driver (d. 1994)
  • 1923 - Percy Heath, American jazz musician (Modern Jazz Quartet) (d. 2005)
  • 1923 - Al Lewis, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1923 - Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (d. 2008)
  • 1925 - Corinne Calvet, French actress (d. 2001)
  • 1925 - Johnny Horton, American musician (d. 1960)
  • 1926 - Cloris Leachman, American actress
  • 1928 - Hugh Hood, Canadian author (d. 2000)
  • 1933 - Dickie Davies, British television presenter
  • 1933 - Willie Nelson, American musician
  • 1934 - Jerry Lordan, English composer and singer (d.1995)
  • 1938 - Juraj Jakubisko, Slovak film director
  • 1938 - Gary Collins, American actor
  • 1938 - Larry Niven, American author
  • 1940 - Burt Young, American actor
  • 1941 - Johnny Farina, American musician and composer (Santo & Johnny)
  • 1943 - Bobby Vee, American singer
  • 1944 - Jill Clayburgh, American actress
  • 1945 - Annie Dillard, American writer
  • 1945 - Michael Smith, American astronaut (d. 1986)
  • 1946 - Don Schollander, American swimmer
  • 1946 - Bill Plympton, American animator
  • 1947 - Leslie Grantham, English actor
  • 1947 - Finn Kalvik, Norwegian singer
  • 1948 - Perry King, American actor
  • 1952 - Jacques Audiard, French film director
  • 1954 - Jane Campion, New Zealand film director
  • 1956 - Jorge Chaminé, Portuguese baritone
  • 1956 - Lars von Trier, Danish film director
  • 1958 - Charles Berling, French actor
  • 1959 - Paul Gross, Canadian actor
  • 1959 - W. Thomas Smith, Jr
  • 1961 - Isiah Thomas, American basketball player
  • 1963 - Michael Waltrip, American race car driver
  • 1964 - Ian Healy, Australian cricketer
  • 1964 - Barrington Levy, Jamaican musician
  • 1965 - Adrian Pasdar, American actor
  • 1966 - Jeff Brown, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1967 - Steven Mackintosh, British actor
  • 1969 - Paulo Jr., Brazilian musician (Sepultura)
  • 1969 - Warren Defever, American musician
  • 1970 - Ken Stanton, American Radio Personality
  • 1971 - John Boyne, Irish novelist
  • 1971 - Darren Emerson, English DJ (Underworld)
  • 1973 - Akon, American R&B Singer
  • 1975 - Elliott Sadler, American race car driver
  • 1975 - Mike Chat, American actor
  • 1975 - Johnny Galecki, American actor
  • 1976 - Amanda Palmer, American musician (The Dresden Dolls)
  • 1977 - Pell James, American actress
  • 1979 - Gerardo Torrado, Mexican footballer
  • 1981 - John O'Shea, Irish footballer
  • 1981 - Emma Pierson, British actress
  • 1982 - Lloyd Banks, American rapper
  • 1982 - Kirsten Dunst, American actress
  • 1982 - Cleo Higgins, British singer and actress
  • 1982 - Andrew Seeley, Canadian actor and singer
  • 1983 - Tatjana Hüfner, German luger
  • 1983 - Troy Williamson, American football player
  • 1983 - Yamini, Tamil Singer
  • 1985 - Ashley Alexandra Dupré, American singer and call girl
  • 1987 - Rohit Sharma, Indian Cricketer


Deaths
  • 65 - Lucan, Roman poet (b. 39)
  • 1524 - Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard
  • 1544 - Thomas Audley, 1st Baron Audley of Walden
  • 1660 - Petrus Scriverius, Dutch writer (b. 1576)
  • 1758 - François d'Agincourt, French composer (b. 1684)
  • 1795 - Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer and numismatist (b. 1716)
  • 1863 - Jean Danjou, French foreign legion captain (b. 1828)
  • 1936 - Alfred Edward Housman, English poet (b. 1859)
  • 1945 - Adolf Hitler, Austrian dictator of Nazi Germany (suicide) (b. 1889)
  • 1970 - Inger Stevens, Swedish actress (b. 1934)
  • 1973 - Václav Renč, Czech poet
  • 1974 - Agnes Moorehead, American actress (b. 1900)
  • 1980 - Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet
  • 1983 - George Balanchine, Russian-born dancer and choreographer (b. 1904)
  • 1983 - Muddy Waters, American musician (b. 1915)
  • 1985 - George Pravda, Czechoslovakian actor (b. 1918)
  • 1989 - Yi, Bang-ja
  • 1989 - Sergio Leone, Italian filmmaker (b. 1929)
  • 1993 - Tommy Caton, English footballer (b. 1962)
  • 1994 - Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian race car driver (b. 1960)
  • 1996 - David Opatoshu, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 1998 - Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)
  • 2003 - Peter 'Possum' Bourne, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1956)
  • 2003 - Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (b. 1923)
  • 2006 - Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesian novelist
  • 2007 - Grégory Lemarchal, French singer (b. 1983)
  • 2007 - Kevin Mitchell, American football player (b. 1971)
  • 2007 - Tom Poston, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2007 - Gordon Scott, American actor (b. 1927)
  • 2007 - Zola Taylor, American singer (b. 1938)
  • 2008 - John Cargher, Australian radio broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • 2009 - Məcnun Vahidov, 62, Azerbaijani chess composer.
  • 2009 - Venetia Phair, 90, British teacher who named the planet Pluto.
  • 2009 - Henk Nijdam, 73, Dutch road bicycle racer, track pursuit world champion (1962).
  • 2009 - McCoy McLemore, 67, American basketball player and television color analyst, cancer.
  • 2009 - Ben Enoch, 19, British golfer, car accident.
  • 2009 - Amparo Arozamena, 92, Mexican actress, heart attack.
  • 2010 - Paul Mayer, German cardinal (born 1911)
  • 2011 - Ernesto Sabato, Argentine writer (b. 1911)
  • 2012 - Alexander Dale Oen, Norwegian swimmer (b. 1985)
  • 2013 - Deanna Durbin, Canadian-born singer and actress (b. 1921)

Events
  • 711 - Islamic conquest of Hispania: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn-Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andalus).
  • 1006 - Supernova SN 1006, the brightest supernova in recorded history, appears in the constellation Lupus.
  • 1315 - Enguerrand de Marigny is hanged on the public gallows at Montfaucon.
  • 1483 - Orbital calculations suggest that on this day, Pluto moved inside Neptune's orbit until July 23, 1503.
  • 1492 - Spain gives Christopher Columbus his commission of exploration.
  • 1671 - Petar Zrinski, the Croatian Ban from the Zrinski family, is executed.
  • 1774 - Yellow Creek massacre, British settlers (soon to be American settlers) massacre family members of Chief Logan and spark off the conflict known as Lord Dunmore's War
  • 1789 - On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.
  • 1794 - The Battle of Boulou is fought, in which French forces defeated the Spanish under General Union.
  • 1803 - Louisiana Purchase: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.
  • 1812 - The Territory of Orleans becomes the 18th U.S. state under the name Louisiana.
  • 1838 - Nicaragua declares independence from the Central American Federation.
  • 1856 - Battle of Rivas, Nicaragua, against North American mercenaries.
  • 1863 - Mexican forces attacked the French Foreign Legion in Hacienda Camarón, Mexico.
  • 1871 - The Camp Grant Massacre takes place in Arizona Territory.
  • 1894 - Coxey's Army reaches Washington, D.C. to protest the unemployment caused by the Panic of 1893.
  • 1900 - Hawaii becomes a territory of the United States, with Sanford B. Dole as governor.
  • 1900 - Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.
  • 1904 - The Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair opens in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1907 - Honolulu, Hawaii becomes an independent city.
  • 1920 - Peru becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1925 - Automaker Dodge Brothers, Inc is sold to Dillon, Read & Company for $146 million plus $50 million for charity.
  • 1927 - The Federal Industrial Institute for Women, opens in Alderson, West Virginia, as the first women's federal prison in the United States.
  • 1927 - Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
  • 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.
  • 1938 - The animated cartoon short Porky's Hare Hunt debuts in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbit.
  • 1938 - The first televised FA Cup Final takes place between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End.
  • 1939 - The 1939 New York World's Fair opens.
  • 1939 - RCA owned NBC begins regularly scheduled television service from its New York station with the opening ceremonies of the 1939 New York World's Fair broadcast.
  • 1939 - Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. President to appear on television during the World Fair's opening ceremonies broadcast.
  • 1943 - World War II: Operation Mincemeat: The submarine HMS Seraph surfaces in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain to deposit a dead man planted with false invasion plans and dressed as a British military intelligence officer.
  • 1945 - World War II: Fuehrerbunker: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after being married for one day. Soviet soldiers raise the red flag over the Reichstag building.
  • 1947 - In Nevada, the Boulder Dam is renamed Hoover Dam a second time.
  • 1948 - In Bogotá, Colombia, the Organization of American States is established.
  • 1973 - Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces that top White House aids H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and others have resigned.
  • 1975 - Fall of Saigon: Communist forces gain control of Saigon. The Vietnam War formally ends with the unconditional surrender of South Vietnamese president Duong Van Minh.
  • 1980 - Accession of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
  • 1988 - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opens World Expo '88, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 1993 - The World Wide Web is born at CERN.
  • 1993 - Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom.
  • 1995 - U.S. President Bill Clinton became the first President to visit Northern Ireland.
  • 1999 - Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the total members to 10.
  • 2001 - The Mitchell Report on the Arab-Israeli conflict is published.
  • 2002 - A referendum in Pakistan overwhelmingly approves the Presidency of Pervez Musharraf for another five years.
  • 2004 - U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.
  • 2008 - Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia were confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters.
  • 2013 - Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicates, and Prince Willem-Alexander ascends the throne as the first King of the Netherlands since the death of his great-great-grandfather, William III, in 1890.


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