Today in History: April 30


Today is Saturday, April 30, the 121st day of 2016. There are 245 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:

On April 30, 1945, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife of one day, Eva Braun, as Russian troops approached his Berlin bunker.On this date:

In 1789, George Washington took office in New York as the first president of the United States.

In 1803, The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France.

In 1812, Louisiana became the 18th state.

In 1859, “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens was first published in serial form in a literary magazine.

In 1900, Hawaii was organized as a U.S. territory.

In 1939 The New York World’s Fair opened.

In 1958, The American Association of Retired Persons was founded in Washington, D.C.

In 1970, President Richard Nixon announced the United States was sending troops into Cambodia.

In 1975, The South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces.

In 1993, Top-ranked women’s tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by a man who ran onto the court during a match in Hamburg, Germany.

In 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.

In 2001, Chandra Levy, a federal government intern, went missing in Washington, D.C. (Her remains were found more than a year later in a city park.)

In 2003, Mahmoud Abbas took office as the first Palestinian prime minister.

In 2005, missing Georgia woman Jennifer Wilbanks, the so-called “runaway bride,” turned up in Albuquerque, N.M.

In 2009, Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection. And British forces exited Iraq.

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