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Event
Anniversary
30 Apr
1936
Alfred Edward Housman, English poet notably for the collection known as 'A Shropshire Lad', diedAlfred Edward Housman, English poet notably for the collection known as 'A Shropshire Lad', died
81 years ago
30 Apr
1934
Under a new constitution in Austria, a dictatorship was set up under Engelbert DollfussUnder a new constitution in Austria, a dictatorship was set up under Engelbert Dollfuss
83 years ago
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30 Apr
1916
In an effort to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power during World War I, Germany and Austria introduced daylight saving by advancing the hands of the clock one hour until…In an effort to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power during World War I, Germany and Austria introduced daylight saving by advancing the hands of the clock one hour until October 1
101 years ago
30 Apr
1912
A second reading of the Irish Home Rule Bill was moved in the House of Commons by Winston ChurchillA second reading of the Irish Home Rule Bill was moved in the House of Commons by Winston Churchill
105 years ago
30 Apr
1909
Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, born. She was queen from 1948 until this day in 1980, when she abdicated in favour of her eldest daughter, BeatrixJuliana, Queen of the Netherlands, born. She was queen from 1948 until this day in 1980, when she abdicated in favour of her eldest daughter, Beatrix
108 years ago
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30 Apr
1900
American railroad engineer Casey Jones became a legend when the passenger train he was on collided with a stalled freight train. His was the only death because rather than jumping…American railroad engineer Casey Jones became a legend when the passenger train he was on collided with a stalled freight train. His was the only death because rather than jumping to safety he stayed aboard the train to hold the brakes to slow the speed.
117 years ago
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30 Apr
1893
Joachim von Ribbentrop, Adolf Hitler's foreign affairs adviser, born. A wine merchant before joining the National Socialist Party in 1932, he was found guilty at Nuremberg in 1945…Joachim von Ribbentrop, Adolf Hitler's foreign affairs adviser, born. A wine merchant before joining the National Socialist Party in 1932, he was found guilty at Nuremberg in 1945 and executed
124 years ago
30 Apr
1888
A single hailstorm killed 246 people in IndiaA single hailstorm killed 246 people in India
129 years ago
30 Apr
1883
Leading French impressionist painter Edouard Manet died. Originally destined for a legal career, he studied art from 1850 and was heavily influenced by Claude MonetLeading French impressionist painter Edouard Manet died. Originally destined for a legal career, he studied art from 1850 and was heavily influenced by Claude Monet
134 years ago
30 Apr
1883
Jaroslav Hasek, Czech novelist, born; author of 'The Good Soldier of Schweik', an unfinished sequence of satirical novelsJaroslav Hasek, Czech novelist, born; author of 'The Good Soldier of Schweik', an unfinished sequence of satirical novels
134 years ago
30 Apr
1870
Hungarian composer Franz Lehar was born. Famed for his light operettas, he achieved worldwide recognition for The Merry WidowHungarian composer Franz Lehar was born. Famed for his light operettas, he achieved worldwide recognition for The Merry Widow
147 years ago
30 Apr
1815
The Kingdom of Poland, under Alexander of Russia, was created by the Congress of Vienna which settled issues arising from the Napoleonic WarsThe Kingdom of Poland, under Alexander of Russia, was created by the Congress of Vienna which settled issues arising from the Napoleonic Wars
202 years ago
30 Apr
1803
France agreed to sell Louisiana to America, the formal handover taking place in December, and on this day in 1812 it joined the United States as the 18th stateFrance agreed to sell Louisiana to America, the formal handover taking place in December, and on this day in 1812 it joined the United States as the 18th state
214 years ago
30 Apr
1803
The Louisiana Purchase Treaty was signed between the United States and France. The formal transfer, which doubled the size of the United States, took place on December 20The Louisiana Purchase Treaty was signed between the United States and France. The formal transfer, which doubled the size of the United States, took place on December 20
214 years ago
30 Apr
1789
George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States, taking the oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York CityGeorge Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States, taking the oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City
228 years ago
30 Apr
1777
Johann Karl Freidrich Gauss, regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians of all time, born in GermanyJohann Karl Freidrich Gauss, regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians of all time, born in Germany
240 years ago
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30 Apr
1770
Canadian explorer David Thompson was born in London, England. The first white man to explore the length of the Columbia river, he also mapped vast areas of Canada and the American…Canadian explorer David Thompson was born in London, England. The first white man to explore the length of the Columbia river, he also mapped vast areas of Canada and the American West
247 years ago
30 Apr
311
Galerius Valerius Maximianus issued an edict under which Christians were legally recognised in the Roman EmpireGalerius Valerius Maximianus issued an edict under which Christians were legally recognised in the Roman Empire
1706 years ago
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