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4/30/2022 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - April 30
George Washington
George Washington

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Today in History in 1789 George Washington was inaugurated as first President of the United States of America; in 1900 USA annexed Hawaii; and in 1904 the ice cream cone made its debut.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 311 - Roman Emperor Galerius issues Edict of Toleration, ending persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire
  • 711 - Islamic conquest of Iberia: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn-Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andalus).
  • 1492 - Columbus is given royal commission to equip his fleet
  • 1562 - 1st French colonists in North America: Jean Ribault & colonists arrive in Florida
  • 1789 - George Washington inaugurated as first president of the United States of America
  • 1859 - Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" is first published in literary periodical All the Year Round, continues in weekly installments until Nov 26
  • 1863 - -5/1] Battle of Snyder's Bluff, Virginia (part of the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War): General Sherman beaten by Confederate forces
  • 1900 - USA annexes Hawaii
  • 1900 - Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.
  • 1904 - Ice cream cone makes its debut
  • 1907 - Honolulu, Hawaii becomes an independent city.
  • 1974 - US President Richard Nixon hands over partial transcripts of Watergate tape recordings
  • 2009 - Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

1 - Jackie Dameron Farm Bureau

Famous Birthdays

  • 1777 - Carl Friedrich Gauss, world's great mathematician
  • 1893 - Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi foreign minister (d. 1946)
  • 1895 - Philippe Panneton, French Canadian physician, diplomat and writer (d. 1960)
  • 1896 - Gary Davis, Laurens SC, blues/folk guitarist (A Little More Faith)
  • 1905 - John Peters Humphrey, Hampton, New Brunswick, Canadian jurist and human rights advocate (Universal Declaration on Human Rights)
  • 1938 - Gary Collins, Venice California, actor (6th Sense, Home Show), (d. 2012)
  • 1938 - Larry [Van Cott] Niven, US, sci-fi author (5 Hugo, Neutron Star)
  • 1943 - Bobby Vee, Fargo ND, (Devil or Angel, Night has a Thousand Eyes)
  • 1944 - Jill Clayburgh, actress (Unmarried Woman, Semi-Tough), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 - Michael J Smith, Beaufort NC, Cmdr USN, astr (51L-Challenger disaster)
  • 1961 - Isiah Thomas, NBA forward (Detroit Piston; 1990 NBA playoff MVP), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1982 - Kirsten Dunst, Point Pleasant, New Jersey, American actress (Interview with the Vampire, Spider-Man)

Famous Weddings

  • 1290 - Joan of Acre (18), daughter of Edward I marries Gilbert de Clare, Duke of Hertford at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1923 - Golfer champion Walter Hagen (30) weds Edna Straus at the Hotel Biltmore in New York
  • 1932 - Cricketer Donald Bradman (23) weds Jessie Martha Menzies at St Paul's Anglican Church in Burwood, Sydney
  • 1937 - General Douglas MacArthur (57) marries 2nd wife Jean Faircloth
  • 1945 - MLB catcher Roy Campanella (23) weds Ruthe Willis
  • 1949 - Ice hockey goaltender Jacques Plante (20) weds Jacqueline Gagne in Quebec, Canada
  • 1961 - Lee Harvey Oswald marries Marina Prusakova in Minsk USSR
  • 1988 - Actor Tom Hanks (31) weds actress Rita Wilson (31)
  • 1989 - Actor and comedian Robin Williams (37) weds nanny Marsha Garces at a private ceremony in Lake Tahoe, California
  • 1990 - Game show host Alex Trebek (49) weds real-estate mogul Jean Currivan (27) at the Regency Club in Los Angeles
  • 1994 - Soccer great Pele (53) weds psychologist Assiria Seixas Lemos (36)
  • 1995 - Country singer Rosanne Cash (39) weds record producer John Leventhal (42)
  • 1997 - Actor Max Von Sydow (68) weds filmmaker Catherine Brelet
  • 1998 - Boyzone singer Ronan Keating (21) weds model Yvonne Connolly at the Caribbean isle of Nevis
  • 2007 - "Timbiriche" pop singer Paulina Rubio (35) weds Spanish public relations executive Nicolas "Colate" Vallejo Najera in Cancun, Quintana Roo
  • 2008 - Singer-songwriter Mariah Carey (41) weds actor and rapper Nick Cannon (31) at Bahamian estate on the island of Windermere
  • 2011 - Actor Lorenzo Lamas (53) weds model Shawna Craig at Casa Dorada Resort in Cabo, San Lucas

Famous Deaths

  • 1900 - John Luther (Casey) Jones, dies in Cannonball Express train wreck
  • 1945 - Adolf Hitler, German Dictator (1936-45), commits suicide at 56
  • 1970 - Inger Stevens, actress (Katy-Farmer's Daughter), commits suicide at 35
  • 1974 - Agnes Moorehead, American actress (Endora-Bewitched), dies of uterine cancer at 73
  • 1983 - George Balanchine, Russian/US ballet composer/choreographer, dies from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease at 79
  • 1983 - Muddy Waters, US blues singer/guitarist (Mad Love), dies at 70
  • 1983 - Joel H. Hildebrand, American Chemist whose research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures, dies at 101
  • 2007 - Tom Poston, American actor (b. 1921)

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