Here’s a VERY random selection of thought-provoking, horrifying and sometimes funny events that have happened on the 30th of April through the years.
The USA doubled in size through the Louisiana Purchase (Bought from France for $15 million approx.)
The first working typewriter was built by the Italian Pellegrino Turri. It’s said he created this for his blind lover, Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzano, to enable her to write to him when they were apart. Some of her letters still survive.
Victorian writer Charles Dickens’ “A Tale Of Two Cities” started to appear in weekly printed instalments.
The fabulous Boston Pops Orchestra was formed.
The first ice cream cone was produced by immigrant Italo Marchiony, who arrived in New York City from Italy. His delicious creation was granted a patent in December 1903.
American folk hero Casey Jones died in a train wreck in Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express and a TV series was later created about him. And Boxcar Willie’s version of the Wabash Cannonball with some wonderful trains.
The British Government ended military conscription
The First Regular Television Service was launched in the States with President Franklin D. Roosevelt appearing on television for the opening of the New York World’s Fair.
The British submarine HMS Seraph secretly planted the corpse of ‘the man who never was’ into the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Spain. False papers had been planted on the body to deceive the German High Command into thinking that the Allied Forces were invading Sardina and the Balkans. They actually invaded Sicily and the deception worked. It’s a fascinating story and worth reading the book Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre
The infamous Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp was opened – Anne Frank, the young author of Diary of Anne Frank, would die here two years later, just before her 16th birthday. (She wrote her diary while she was in hiding with seven others in occupied Holland).
After being married for only one day, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally.
The fabulous Land Rover Series I appeared for the first time at the Amsterdam Car Show. It had four-wheel drive and was created from original Rover car components including the 1.6 engine from the Rover P3 60 saloon.
Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA 144-hole golf competition at Weathervane, Massachusetts. She was America’s first female golf celebrity and in 1946 won the U.S. Women’s Amateur event. In 1947 she won the British Ladies Amateur title and turned professional later that year. In 1948 she became the first woman to attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open. However, not surprisingly, her application was rejected by the USGA – who stated it was a men only event. She went on to become a founding member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
Mr Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on TV.
West German unions protested for a 40-hour work week & higher wages (and the fight continues today).
Premier Fidel Castro of Cuba received the Lenin Peace Prize.
The top 3 songs in the U.K. charts were:
Following the fall of Saigon, South Vietnam surrendered unconditionally to North Vietnam and the war in Vietnam was over. The Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army and Government were now in control.
Led Zeppelin set a new record for audience numbers by performing in front of 77,229 fans at a single-act concert in Michigan, USA.
Almost twenty years later, in 1994, Rod Stewart performed at a New Year concert on Copcabana Beach, Brazil with an estimated audience of 3,500,000 fans.
Ashrita Furman peformed 8,341 somersaults over 12 miles He holds more records than any human being alive and currently holds the most Guiness World Records.
During a quarter final tennis match in Hamburg, Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by a man who leant over a barrier beside her. She made a full recovery after a few months.
The fabulous Ridley Scott film Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix was released.
Belgium’s parliament voted for a law to ban the wearing of the Islamic full face burqa in public. The law banned any clothing that obscured the identity of the wearer in public places like parks, public transport and on the street.
On this day, the first oil that escaped during the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster reached the beaches of the Louisiana Coast.
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