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April 30th Today's Highlights in History

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Friday, April 30th
The 120th day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On April 30, 1975, the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces. (Go to article.)

On April 30, 1902, Theodore Schultz, the American economist who won a Nobel Prize for his important studies of the human factor in the workplace, was born. Following his death on February 26, 1998, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On April 30, 1859, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about a U.S. military expedition to Paraguay. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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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.

1859    The novel "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens was first published in serial form in a literary magazine.

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

1900    Train 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. (The event was immortalized in song.)

1939    The New York World's Fair opened.

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

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

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.

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.

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.)

2003    Mahmoud Abbas took office as the first Palestinian prime minister. International mediators presented Israeli and Palestinian leaders with a "road map" to peace.

2003    The U.S. Navy withdrew from its disputed Vieques bombing range in Puerto Rico.

2005    Missing Georgia woman Jennifer Wilbanks, the so-called "runaway bride," turned up in Albuquerque, N.M.

2009    Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection; the federal government pledged up to $8 billion in additional aid and to back warranties.

2009    British forces exited Iraq, handing control of the oil-rich Basra area to U.S. commanders.

Current Birthdays

Dianna Agron turns 24 years old today.

AP Photo/Dan Steinberg Actress Dianna Agron ("Glee") turns 24 years old today.

84    Cloris Leachman
Actress ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Phyllis")

77    Willie Nelson
Country singer

72    Gary Collins
Talk show host

70    Burt Young

67    Bobby Vee

66    Jill Clayburgh

57    Merrill Osmond
Singer (The Osmonds)

56    Jane Campion
Director ("The Piano")

51    Stephen Harper
Prime minister of Canada

49    Isiah Thomas
Basketball Hall of Famer

45    Adrian Pasdar
Actor ("Heroes")

35    Johnny Galecki
Actor ("The Big Bang Theory")

28    Kirsten Dunst

Historic Birthdays

Theodore Schultz

4/30/1902 - 2/26/1998
American economist, Nobel Prize 1979
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68    St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle
4/30/1651 - 4/7/1719
French philanthropist and founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools

87    David Thompson
4/30/1770 - 2/10/1857
English explorer and fur trader in western Canada and the United States

82    Eugen Bleuler
4/30/1857 - 7/15/1939
Swiss psychiatrist; pioneered study of schizophrenics

86    John Crowe Ransom
4/30/1888 - 7/4/1974
American poet and critic

53    Joachim von Ribbentrop
4/30/1893 - 10/16/1946
German foreign minister under the Nazi regime (1933-45)

84    Simon Kuznets
4/30/1901 - 7/8/1985
Russian-born American Nobel Prize-winning economist and statistician

82    Eve Arden
4/30/1908 - 11/12/1990
American radio and television actress

82    Vermont Royster
4/30/1914 - 7/22/1996
American journalist and editor of The Wall Street Journal

83    Robert Shaw
4/30/1916 - 1/25/1999
American choral and orchestra conductor

78    Franz Lehar
4/30/1870 - 10/24/1948
Hungarian composer; wrote "The Merry Widow"

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