Today in History (Apr. 30)

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Today is Saturday, April 30, the 120th day of 2022. This is today in history.

Local news

World news

  • In 1945, as Soviet troops approached his Berlin bunker, Adolf Hitler took his own life along with that of his wife of one day, Eva Braun.
  • In 1975, the Vietnam War ended as the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces.
  • In 2004, Arabs expressed outrage at graphic photographs of naked Iraqi prisoners being humiliated by U.S. military police; President George W. Bush condemned the mistreatment of prisoners, saying “that’s not the way we do things in America.”

Politics

  • In 1789, George Washington took the oath of office in New York as the first president of the United States.
  • In 1812, Louisiana became the 18th state of the Union.
  • In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed a resolution officially confirming the name of Hoover Dam, which had also come to be known as “Boulder Dam.”

Entertainment

  • In 1997, Ellen DeGeneres’ character came out as a lesbian on the sitcom “Ellen.”
  • In 1999, Marilyn Manson canceled his concert near Denver in the wake of the shootings at Columbine High School.
  • In 2019, actor Peter Mayhew died at his home in North Texas at the age of 74. A cause of death was not given. Mayhew is best known for playing Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films.

Birthdays

Singer Willie Nelson is 89. Actor Burt Young is 82. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is 76. Movie director Allan Arkush is 74. Actor Perry King is 74. Singer-musician Wayne Kramer is 74. Singer Merrill Osmond is 69. Movie director Jane Campion is 68. Movie director Lars von Trier is 66. Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is 63. Actor Paul Gross is 63. Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is 61. Actor Adrian Pasdar is 57. Rock singer J.R. Richards (Dishwalla) is 55. Rapper Turbo B (Snap) is 55. Rock musician Clark Vogeler is 53. R&B singer Chris “Choc” Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is 51. Rock musician Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down) is 51. Country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson is 51. Actor Lisa Dean Ryan is 50. R&B singer Akon is 49. R&B singer Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) is 49. Actor Johnny Galecki is 47. Actor Sam Heughan is 42. Actor Kunal Nayyar is 41. Rapper Lloyd Banks is 40. Actor Kirsten Dunst is 40. Actor Dianna Agron is 36. Country singer Brandon Lancaster is 33. Rapper/producer Travis Scott is 31.

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