This Day In History – April 30th

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1789 – George Washington was sworn in in NY as the first elected President of the United States

1803 – The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million

1812 – Louisiana became the 18th state

1859 – “A Tale Of Two Cities” is first published in weekly installments

1889 – 100 years after George Washington became the first President of the U.S., this day became the first U.S. national holiday

1900 – Hawaii became an official U.S. territory

1910 – Grandpa from the Munsters, also Hanging Judge Harrison in Used Cars, Al Lewis was born, he passed in 2006

1912 – Born Eunice Mary Quedens, actress, radio personality, comedienne, Eve Arden was born, she passed in 1990

1916 – One time Bond villain (From Russia With Love) and Jaws skipper (Quint), Robert Shaw was born, he passed in 1978

1926 – Multiple Emmy-award winning Actress Cloris Leachman was born.
She has also won an Academy award (The Last Picture Show)

1938 – Actor, television host Gary Collins Gary Collins was born, he also won a daytime Emmy, passed in 2012

1938 – Actor Burt Young (Back To School, Rocky and more) was born

1938 – “Happy Rabbit” was featured in the cartoon “Porky’s Hare Hunt.” In the near future, he’d become “Bugs Bunny”

1939 – Lou Gehrig played his last game with Yankees

1940 – Belle Martell became the first American female boxing referee in California

1941 – Charlie Parker records his first songs, “Hootie Blues” and “Swingmatism” with the Jay McShann group.

1941 – 50’s teen sensation Bobby Vee was born, passed in 2016

1944 – Actress Jill Clayburgh was born

1945 – After being married for one day, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide

1945 – “Arthur Godfrey Time” debuted on CBS radio in the mornings. It ran until 1972

1947 – Boulder Dam’s name is changed back to the Hoover Dam

1948 – Rockers MC5’s Wayne Kramer was born

1952 – The first toy to be advertised on network television airs, Mr. Potato Head I Made You”

1961 – The worm, Chicago native, NBA basketball player Isiah Thomas was born

1953 – Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle teamed up for the first time.
Swing Easy!, would be the first of many hit albums the two would work on together

1957 – Elvis Presley entered the studio to record “Jailhouse Rock”

1960 – Fats Domino was in the studio recording “Walking to New Orleans”

1964 – The FCC ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF and UHF channels.

1967 – “Rhythm Is A Dancer” and “Power” rapper Turbo B of Snap was born

1969 – 90’s rockers The Todaies’ Clark Vogeler was born

1971 – 90’s R&B group Soul For Real’s Chris “Choc” Dalyrimplewas born

1972 – Modern rock band Dishwalla’s J.R. Richards was born

1973 – Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees was born

1973 – President Nixon told the nation that H.R. Halderman and John Erlichman were resigning along with other aides due to Watergate

1975 – Johnny Galecki was born (Big Bang Theory, Roseanne)

1982 – Actress Kirsten Dunst was born

1991 – A massive cyclone in Bangladesh killed an estimated 125,000 people

1993 – CERN put the World Wide Web software in the public domain.

1993 – While playing in Hamberg, Germany, tennis great Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by a fan of Steffi Graf

1998 – Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic were allowed to join NATO. They were formally admitted the following April at NATO’s 50th-anniversary summit.

2009 – Chrysler files for bankruptcy, again

2012 – Upon completion, the One World Trade Center became the tallest structure in New York, overtaking the Empire State Building.