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What Happened On This Day In History?
Sunday, April 30th 2017
Today is the 120th day of 2017. There are 245 days left in this year.
George Washington took office in New York as the first president of the United States.
The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France.
Louisiana became the 18th state.
Hawaii was organized as a U.S. territory
A legend was born as engineer John Luther ''Casey'' Jones of the Illinois Central Railroad died in a wreck near Vaughan, Miss., after staying at the controls in an effort to save the passengers.
The New York World's Fair, billed as a look at ''the world of tomorrow,'' opened.
As Russian troops approached his Berlin bunker, Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife of one day, Eva Braun. Below, a Soviet soldier raises the red flag over the Reichstag in Berlin.
President Truman signed a measure officially changing the name of Boulder Dam to Hoover Dam.
The Organization of American States held its first meeting, in Bogota, Colombia.
President Nixon announced the United States was sending troops into Cambodia, an action that sparked widespread protest.
President Nixon announced the resignations of his aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, along with Attorney General Richard Kleindienst and White House counsel John Dean.
The South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces.
Top-ranked women's tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a match in Hamburg, Germany, by a man who called himself a fan of second-ranked Steffi Graf. Convicted of causing grievous bodily harm, he received a suspended sentence.
ABC aired the ''coming out'' episode of the sitcom ''Ellen,'' in which the title character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, admitted she is a lesbian.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson met with three U.S. soldiers being held prisoner by Yugoslavia.
An estimated 125,000 people died as a cyclone struck Bangladesh.