30 APRIL
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • William Lilly, 1602
  • Queen Mary II, 1662
  • Franz Lehar, 1870
  • Alice B. Toklas, 1877
  • Joan Miro, 1893
  • Joachim von Ribbentrop, 1893
  • Queen Juliana Netherlands, 1909
  • Eve Arden, 1912
  • Dr. Ernst Wynder, 1922
  • Sheldon Harnick, 1924
  • Corinne Calvet, 1925
  • Cloris Leachman, 1926
  • Willie Nelson, 1933
  • Burt Young, 1940
  • Jill Clayburgh, 1944
  • King Carl Gustav XVI Sweden, 1946
  • Jane Campion, 1954
  • Isiah Thomas, 1961
  • Kirsten Dunst, 1982

Died On This Day:

  • Count Peter Zrinski executed, 1671
  • John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich, 1792
  • Edouard Manet, 1883
  • Casey Jones killed, 1900
  • A. E. Housman, 1936
  • Adolf Hitler suicide & Eva Braun, 1945
  • Alben Barcley, 1956
  • Richard Farina, 1966
  • Inger Stevens OD, 1970
  • Agnes Moorehead , 1974
  • Louis Kronenberger, 1980
  • George Balanchine, 1983
  • Muddy Waters, 1983
  • Sergio Leone, 1989
  • Richard Scarry, 1994
  • Tom Poston, 2007

Today's Events:

  • AD 311 - Roman Emperor Galerius permits Christians to practice religion with no persecution.
  • 1006 - Chinese and Arab astronomers note new star; Supernova, explosion of massive star lasted 3 months.
  • 1112 - Afonso I Henrigues of Portugal ascends throne; to reign over 73 years.
  • 1562 - Huguenots led by Jean Ribaut become first French colonizers of U.S. with founding of Port Royal, SC.
  • 1563 - Jews expelled from France by order of King Charles VI.
  • 1598 - First theatrical performance in North America - a Spanish comedy performed on the Rio Grande.
  • 1789 - George Washington inaugurated as first U.S. president in NY at Federal Hall, Wall and Broad Street.
  • 1796 - Samuel Lee Jr. of Conn. patents the pill-Lee's New London Bilious Pills.
  • 1803 - U.S. doubles land area by buying Louisiana territory from Napoleon for 3¢ per acre ($15 million).
  • 1812 - Louisiana is 18th state admitted to Union.
  • 1897 - J.J. Thomson proclaims discovery of particles he called 'corpuscles,' later named electrons.
  • 1900 - Hawaii organized a territory of U.S.; Sanford B. Dole becomes first Governor.
  • 1904 - Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St. Louis; Autos & new confection, ice cream cone, revealed.
  • 1939 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt becomes first president to appear on television-NBC.
  • 1948 - Creation of the State of Israel in the Hebrew calendar (May 14 in the Gregorian).
  • 1948 - First Land Rover car exhibited at the Amsterdam Motor Show.
  • 1967 - Muhammad Ali stripped of world heavyweight boxing championship for refusing to serve in military.
  • 1973 - Johns Ehrlichman and Dean and Bob Haldeman resign in Watergate scandal.
  • 1975 - Communist troops occupy Saigon ending Vietnam War; Viet Cong flag raised over palace; city renamed Ho Chi Minh City.
  • 1991 - Devastating cyclone with 146 mph winds hits Bangladesh; 138,000 dead; entire villages wiped out.
  • 1992 - Rioting and looting spread from L.A. to Seattle, San Francisco and Atlanta as blacks protest injustice.
  • 2009 - Chrysler Corp. files for bankruptcy with $39.3 billion in pre-bankruptcy assets.
  • 2013 - King Willem-Alexander becomes first King of the Netherlands since 1890 on abdication of his mother Queen Beatrix.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Erconwald, Joseph Cottolengo, Catherine of Siena, Marian and James, Donat (Aidoneus)

Holiday:

  • Japanese Spring Festival
  • Queen's Day in the Netherlands
  • Walpurgis Night (Swedish coming of spring)
  • Burning of the Witches
  • May Day Eve in Czechoslovakia

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • PESACH or Passover (Jewish), begins 15th day of lunar month Nisan thru 22nd
  • PALM SUNDAY, Sunday before Easter and first day of Holy Week.
  • MAUNDY THURSDAY, Thursday before Easter
  • GOOD FRIDAY, Friday before Easter
  • EASTER (SUNDAY) (March to May) the first Sunday after the first full moon after the veral equinox (March 22-April 25) in Western churches;
  • EASTER MONDAY, Monday after Easter.
  • CH'ING MING, Festival of Pure Brightness in China (Beginning of second moon (about March 21)
  • NAEFELSERFAHRT, Swiss pilgrimage the first Thursday in April to Näfels
  • BAISAKHI (in India) or VOISHU (in Kerala) or BOHAG BIHU (in Assam) - (Hindu New Year Festival)
  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • MAHAVIR JAYANTI, Indian festival celebrating birth of Lord Mahavira, celebrated early April
  • AKSHAYA TRITIYA, Hindu Festival, celebrated late April
  • DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME - begins first Sunday in April - clocks forward
  • Arbor Day - last Friday in April

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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