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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.

Notable Events

1789
George Washington took office in New York as the first president of the United States.
1803
The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France.
1812
Louisiana became the 18th state.
1900
Hawaii was organized as a U.S. territory
1900
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.
1939
The New York World's Fair, billed as a look at ''the world of tomorrow,'' opened.
1945
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.
1947
President Truman signed a measure officially changing the name of Boulder Dam to Hoover Dam.
1948
The Organization of American States held its first meeting, in Bogota, Colombia.
1970
President Nixon announced the United States was sending troops into Cambodia, an action that sparked widespread protest.
1973
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.
1975
The South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces.
1993
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.
1997
ABC aired the ''coming out'' episode of the sitcom ''Ellen,'' in which the title character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, admitted she is a lesbian.
1999
The Rev. Jesse Jackson met with three U.S. soldiers being held prisoner by Yugoslavia.

Notable Deaths

1991
An estimated 125,000 people died as a cyclone struck Bangladesh.
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