What Happened on April 30

Significant Events

  • 311 Roman Emperor Galerius issues Edict of Toleration, ending persercution of Christians in the Roman Empire
  • 711 Islamic conquest of Iberia: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn-Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andalus)
  • 1562 1st French colonists in North America: Jean Ribault & colonists arrive in Florida
  • 1789 George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America
  • 1859 Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" is first published in literary periodical "All the Year Round" (weekly installments until Nov 26)
  • 2009 Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
More Historical Events

April 30 in Film & TV

  • 1952 Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television

April 30 in Music

April 30 in Sport

  • 2012 Manchester City defeat Manchester United 1-0 in what is claimed to be the biggest match in the English Premier League's history

Did You Know?

World Wide Web (WWW) is first launched in the public domain by CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee

On April 30, 1989


Would You Believe?

1888 Moradabad hailstorm: hail stones allegedly as big as oranges kill 246 people and some 1600 sheep and cattle in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh

On April 30, 1888

Famous Weddings

  • 1290 Joan of Acre (18), daughter of Edward I marries (1) Gilbert de Clare, Duke of Hertford at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1923 Golfer champion Walter Hagen (30) weds Edna Straus at the Hotel Biltmore in New York
  • 1932 Australian Test cricket batsman Don Bradman (23) weds Jessie Martha Menzies at St Paul's Anglican Church in Burwood, Sydney
  • 1937 General Douglas MacArthur (57) marries 2nd wife Jean Faircloth
  • 1945 MLB catcher Roy Campanella (23) weds Ruthe Willis
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