What happened on April 30? There are more than 259 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About April 30

April 30 In HistoryApril 30 is the 120th day of the year 2021. There are 245 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 17th week of the year 2021.

On this day in North Port, Florida 34288 sunrise will occur at 06:49 AM and sunset will occur at 08:01 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Taurus. The modern birthstone for this month is Diamond while the mystical birthstone is Opal.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 277 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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Historical Events For April 30

  • 311
    The Diocletianic Persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire ends.
  • 313
    Battle of Tzirallum: Emperor Licinius defeats Maximinus II and unifies the Eastern Roman Empire.
  • 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.
  • 1492
    Spain gives Christopher Columbus his commission of exploration.
  • 1513
    Edmund de la Pole, Yorkist pretender to the English throne, is executed on the orders of Henry VIII.
  • 1671
    Petar Zrinski, the Croatian Ban from the Zrinski family, is executed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1863
    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.
  • 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
    Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.
  • 1900
    Hawaii becomes a territory of the United States, with Sanford B. Dole as governor.
  • 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
    Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
  • 1927
    The Federal Industrial Institute for Women opens in Alderson, West Virginia, as the first women’s federal prison in the United States.
  • 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 (a prototype of Bugs Bunny).
  • 1938
    The first televised FA Cup Final takes place between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End.
  • 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.
  • 1939
    The 1939-40 New York World’s Fair opens.
  • 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: Führerbunker: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after being married for one day. Soviet soldiers raise the Victory Banner 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.
  • 1953
    In Warner Robins, Georgia, an F4 tornado kills 18 people.
  • 1956
    Former Vice President and Senator Alben Barkley dies during a speech in Virginia. He collapses after proclaiming “I would rather be a servant in the house of the lord than sit in the seats of the mighty.”
  • 1961
    K-19, the first Soviet nuclear submarine equipped with nuclear missiles, is commissioned.
  • 1963
    The Bristol Bus Boycott is held in Bristol to protest the Bristol Omnibus Company’s refusal to employ Black or Asian bus crews, drawing national attention to racial discrimination in the United Kingdom.
  • 1966
    The Church of Satan is established at the Black House in San Francisco, California.
  • 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.
  • 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 (or Liberation of Saigon from the Communist perspective): 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 in Brisbane, Australia.
  • 1993
    CERN announces World Wide Web protocols will be free.
  • 1993
    Monica Seles is stabbed by Günter Parche, an obsessed fan, during a quarterfinal match of the 1993 Citizen Cup in Hamburg, Germany
  • 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 number of members to 10.
  • 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 are confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters.
  • 2009
    Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • 2009
    Seven people are killed and 17 injured at a Queen’s Day parade in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

Who Were Born On April 30?

  • 1245
    King Philip III of France (d. 1285)
  • 1331
    Gaston Phoebus of Foix (d. 1391)
  • 1553
    Louise of Lorraine, queen of France (d. 1601)
  • 1623
    François de Laval, first bishop of New France (d. 1708)
  • 1651
    Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, French educational reformer, Catholic saint (d. 1719)
  • 1662
    Queen Mary II of England (d. 1694)
  • 1664
    François Louis, Prince of Conti, French general (d. 1709)
  • 1710
    Johann Kaspar Basselet von La Rosée, Bavarian general (d. 1795)
  • 1723
    Mathurin Jacques Brisson, French naturalist (d. 1806)
  • 1770
    David Thompson, Canadian explorer (d. 1857)
  • 1777
    Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician (d. 1855)
  • 1803
    Albrecht Graf von Roon, Prime Minister of Prussia (d. 1879)
  • 1812
    Kaspar Hauser, German mystery boy (d. 1833)
  • 1829
    Ferdinand von Hochstetter, Austrian geologist (d. 1884)
  • 1857
    Eugen Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (d. 1940)
  • 1864
    Juhan Liiv, Estonian poet (d. 1913)
  • 1865
    Max Nettlau, German anarchist (d. 1944)
  • 1869
    Hans Poelzig, German architect (d. 1936)
  • 1870
    Franz Lehár, Austrian composer (d. 1948)
  • 1874
    Cyriel Verschaeve, Flemish clergyman (d. 1949)
  • 1876
    Orso Mario Corbino, Italian physicist (d. 1937)
  • 1877
    Alice B. Toklas, American companion of Gertrude Stein (d. 1967)
  • 1883
    Jaroslav Hašek, Czech novelist (d. 1923)
  • 1893
    Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi foreign minister (d. 1946)
  • 1895
    Philippe Panneton, French Canadian physician, diplomat and writer (d. 1960)
  • 1896
    Hans List, Austrian inventor (d. 1996)
  • 1897
    Humberto Mauro, Brazilian director and screenwriter (d. 1983)
  • 1901
    Simon Kuznets, Ukrainian-born economist, Nobel laureate (d. 1985)
  • 1902
    Theodore Schultz, American economist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1905
    Sergey Nikolsky, Russian mathematician
  • 1908
    Bjarni Benediktsson, Icelandic Foreign and later Prime Minister (d. 1970)
  • 1908
    Eve Arden, American actress (d. 1990)
  • 1909
    F. E. McWilliam, Irish sculptor (d. 1992)
  • 1909
    Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1910
    Srirangam Srinivasarao, Telugu poet and lyricist
  • 1914
    Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian songwriter and performer (d. 2008)
  • 1916
    Claude E. Shannon, American engineer and mathematician (d. 2001)
  • 1916
    Robert Shaw, American conductor (d. 1999)
  • 1920
    Duncan Hamilton, British racing driver (d. 1994)
  • 1921
    Tove Maës, Danish actress (d. 2011)
  • 1923
    Al Lewis, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1923
    Francis Tucker, South African rally driver (d. 2008)
  • 1923
    Kagamisato Kiyoji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 42nd Yokozuna (d. 2004)
  • 1923
    Percy Heath, American jazz musician (Modern Jazz Quartet) (d. 2005)
  • 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)
  • 1930
    Félix Guattari, French philosopher and social theorist (d. 1992)
  • 1933
    Dickie Davies, British television presenter
  • 1933
    Willie Nelson, American musician
  • 1934
    Don McKenney, Canadian hockey player
  • 1934
    Jerry Lordan, British composer and singer (d. 1995)
  • 1938
    Gary Collins, American actor
  • 1938
    Juraj Jakubisko, Slovak film director
  • 1938
    Larry Niven, American author
  • 1940
    Burt Young, American actor
  • 1941
    Johnny Farina, American musician and composer (Santo & Johnny)
  • 1941
    Stavros Dimas, Greek politician
  • 1943
    Bobby Vee, American singer
  • 1943
    Frederick Chiluba, former Zambian president (1991–2001) (d. 2011)
  • 1944
    Jill Clayburgh, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1945
    Annie Dillard, American writer
  • 1945
    Michael Smith, American astronaut (d. 1986)
  • 1946
    Bill Plympton, American animator
  • 1946
    Don Schollander, American swimmer
  • 1946
    King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
  • 1946
    Lee Bollinger, American lawyer, educator and president of Columbia University
  • 1947
    Finn Kalvik, Norwegian singer
  • 1947
    Leslie Grantham, British actor
  • 1947
    Manousos Manousakis, Greek director and producer
  • 1947
    Mats Odell, Swedish politician
  • 1947
    Tom Køhlert, Danish footballer
  • 1948
    Alexander Onassis, son of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis (d. 1973)
  • 1948
    Perry King, American actor
  • 1949
    António Guterres, Prime Minister of Portugal
  • 1949
    Phil Garner, baseball manager
  • 1952
    Jacques Audiard, French film director
  • 1953
    Merrill Osmond, American musician (The Osmonds)
  • 1954
    Frank-Michael Marczewski, German footballer
  • 1954
    Jane Campion, New Zealand film director
  • 1954
    Thom Bray, American actor
  • 1955
    Dimitra Liani, widow of the former Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou
  • 1955
    Nicolas Hulot, French journalist
  • 1956
    Lars von Trier, Danish film director
  • 1957
    Aviva Chomsky, American historian, daughter of Noam Chomsky
  • 1958
    Charles Berling, French actor, director and screenwriter
  • 1959
    Paul Gross, Canadian actor, director, and writer
  • 1959
    Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
  • 1959
    W. Thomas Smith, Jr, American author and columnist
  • 1960
    David Miscavige, American cult leader
  • 1960
    Kerry Healey, American politician
  • 1961
    Isiah Thomas, American basketball player
  • 1963
    Michael Waltrip, American race car driver
  • 1963
    Stefan Kisyov, Bulgarian novelist
  • 1964
    Barrington Levy, Jamaican musician
  • 1964
    Ian Healy, Australian cricketer
  • 1964
    Kent James, American musician
  • 1964
    Tony Fernandes, Malaysian entrepreneur
  • 1965
    Adrian Pasdar, American actor
  • 1966
    Dave Meggett, former NFL player and convicted sex offender
  • 1966
    Jeff Brown, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1967
    Steven Mackintosh, British actor
  • 1969
    Paulo Jr., Brazilian musician (Sepultura)
  • 1969
    Warren Defever, American musician, composer
  • 1971
    Darren Emerson, British DJ (Underworld)
  • 1971
    John Boyne, Irish novelist
  • 1972
    JR Richards, American musician, composer, actor (Dishwalla)
  • 1973
    Jeff Timmons, American singer (98 Degrees)
  • 1975
    Elliott Sadler, American race car driver
  • 1975
    Johnny Galecki, American actor
  • 1975
    Mike Chat, American actor
  • 1976
    Amanda Palmer, American musician (The Dresden Dolls)
  • 1977
    Jeannie Haddaway, American politician
  • 1977
    Pell James, American actress
  • 1978
    Tom Fulp, animator and founder of Newgrounds
  • 1979
    Gerardo Torrado, Mexican footballer
  • 1980
    Jeroen Verhoeven, Dutch footballer
  • 1980
    Luis Scola, Argentinean basketball player
  • 1981
    Emma Pierson, British actress
  • 1981
    John O'Shea, Irish footballer
  • 1981
    Kunal Nayyar, Indian/British actor
  • 1982
    Cleo Higgins, British singer and actress
  • 1982
    Drew Seeley, Canadian actor and singer
  • 1982
    Kirsten Dunst, American actress
  • 1982
    Lloyd Banks, American rapper
  • 1983
    Tatjana Hüfner, German luger
  • 1983
    Troy Williamson, American football player
  • 1984
    Lee Roache, British footballer
  • 1984
    Shawn Daivari, American wrestler and manager
  • 1985
    Ashley Alexandra Dupré, American singer and call girl
  • 1986
    Dianna Agron, American actress
  • 1987
    Alipate Carlile, Australian rules footballer
  • 1987
    Nikki Webster, Australian entertainer
  • 1987
    Rohit Sharma, Indian cricketer
  • 2002
    Miguel Urdangarín y de Borbón, Spanish prince

Who Died On April 30?

  • 65
    Lucan, Roman poet (b. 39)
  • 1030
    Mahmud of Ghazni, ruler of the Ghaznavid Dynasty of India (b. 971)
  • 1063
    Emperor Renzong of China (b. 1010)
  • 1131
    Adjutor, Roman Catholic Saint
  • 1341
    John III, Duke of Brittany (b. 1285)
  • 1439
    Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, British military leader (b. 1382)
  • 1513
    Edmund de la Pole, 3rd Duke of Suffolk, Yorkist pretender to the English throne (b. 1471 or 1472)
  • 1524
    Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard, French soldier (b. 1473)
  • 1544
    Thomas Audley, 1st Baron Audley of Walden, Lord Chancellor of England
  • 1550
    Tabinshwehti, King of Burma (b. 1516)
  • 1632
    Johan Tzerclaes, Count of Tilly, Bavarian general (b. 1559)
  • 1632
    King Sigismund I of Sweden (b. 1561)
  • 1642
    Dmitry Pozharsky, Russian prince (b. 1578)
  • 1655
    Eustache Le Sueur, French painter (b. 1617)
  • 1660
    Petrus Scriverius, Dutch writer (b. 1576)
  • 1696
    Robert Plot, British naturalist (b. 1640)
  • 1712
    Philipp van Limborch, Dutch Protestant theologian (b. 1633)
  • 1736
    Johann Albert Fabricius, German classical scholar and bibliographer (b. 1668)
  • 1758
    François d'Agincourt, French composer (b. 1684)
  • 1792
    John Montagu, supposed inventor of the sandwich (b. 1718)
  • 1795
    Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer and numismatist (b. 1716)
  • 1806
    Onogawa Kisaburō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 5th Yokozuna (b. 1758)
  • 1841
    Peter Andreas Heiberg, Danish author and philologist (b. 1758)
  • 1847
    Archduke Charles of Austria, Austrian general (b. 1771)
  • 1863
    Jean Danjou, French foreign legion captain (b. 1828)
  • 1865
    Robert FitzRoy, British admiral and meteorologist (b. 1805)
  • 1875
    Jean Frederic Waldeck, French explorer, lithographer, and cartographer (b. 1766)
  • 1879
    Emma Hale Smith Bidamon, wife of Joseph Smith, and mother of Joseph Smith III (b.1804)
  • 1883
    Édouard Manet, French painter (b. 1832)
  • 1900
    Casey Jones, American train engineer (b. 1863)
  • 1903
    Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist (b. 1831)
  • 1936
    Alfred Edward Housman, British poet (b. 1859)
  • 1943
    Beatrice Webb, British economist (b. 1858)
  • 1943
    Otto Jespersen, Danish philologist (b. 1860)
  • 1945
    Adolf Hitler, Austrian-German dictator of Nazi Germany (b. 1889)
  • 1945
    Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler’s wife (b. 1912)
  • 1956
    Alben W. Barkley, Vice President of the United States (b. 1877)
  • 1966
    Richard Farina, American folk singer and author (b. 1937)
  • 1970
    Inger Stevens, Swedish actress (b. 1934)
  • 1972
    Gia Scala, British-American actress (b. 1934)
  • 1973
    Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator (b. 1911)
  • 1974
    Agnes Moorehead, American actress (b. 1900)
  • 1980
    Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet, journalist, and politician (b. 1898)
  • 1982
    Lester Bangs, American music journalist, author, and musician (b. 1949)
  • 1983
    George Balanchine, Russian-born dancer and choreographer (b. 1904)
  • 1983
    Muddy Waters, American musician (b. 1913)
  • 1989
    Princess Bang-ja of Korea (b. 1901)
  • 1989
    Sergio Leone, Italian filmmaker (b. 1929)
  • 1993
    Tommy Caton, British footballer (b. 1962)
  • 1994
    Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian race car driver (b. 1960)
  • 1995
    Maung Maung Kha, Prime minister of Burma (b. 1920)
  • 1996
    David Opatoshu, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 1998
    Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)
  • 2000
    Poul Hartling, Danish diplomat and politician (b. 1914)
  • 2002
    Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, founder of the Gründerzeit Museum in Berlin-Mahlsdorf (b. 1928)
  • 2002
    Nitsa Tsaganea, Greek actress (b. 1899)
  • 2003
    Mark Berger, University of Kentucky professor (b. 1955)
  • 2003
    Peter ‘Possum’Bourne, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1956)
  • 2003
    Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (b. 1923)
  • 2005
    Ron Todd, TGWU General Secretary (1985 – 1992) (b. 1927)
  • 2006
    Beatriz Sheridan, Mexican actress and director (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Lawrence Patrick, Biomechanics Professor, crash test subject (b. 1920)
  • 2006
    Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesian novelist (b. 1925)
  • 2007
    Gordon Scott, American actor (b. 1927)
  • 2007
    Grégory Lemarchal, French singer (b. 1983)
  • 2007
    Kevin Mitchell, American football player (b. 1971)
  • 2007
    Tom Poston, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Zola Taylor, American singer (b. 1938)
  • 2008
    John Cargher, Australian radio broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • 2009
    Henk Nijdam, Dutch professional road bicycle rider (b. 1935)
  • 2009
    Venetia Burney, Person who suggested Pluto’s name for the planet (b. 1918)
  • 2010
    Gerry Ryan, Irish radio broadcaster (b. 1956)
  • 2011
    Dorjee Khandu, Indian, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh (b. 1955)

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