On This Day

Historical Events on April 30 (Part 2)

  • 1999 Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the total members to 10
  • 2001 The Mitchell Report on the Arab-Israeli conflict is published
  • 2001 US Vice President Cheney calls for increased domestic production of fossil fuels and increased usage of nuclear power to meet America's energy demand

Important Vote

2002 A referendum in Pakistan overwhelmingly approves the Presidency of Pervez Musharraf for another five years

  • 2004 U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison

Film Release

2004 "Mean Girls", teen comedy film released starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Tina Fey

Historic Event

2008 Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia, were confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters

Film & TV History

2008 Heidi Klum launches her clothing line for Jordache

World Record

2008 David Blaine sets a new Guinness World Record for holding his breath underwater for 17 minutes 4-1/2 seconds on "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

  • 2009 Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • 2009 Failed attack on the Dutch Royal Family results in 7 deaths and 17 injured
  • 2009 The United Kingdom formally ends combat operations in Iraq
  • 2012 The unfinished One World Trade Center overtakes the Empire State building to become the tallest building in New York
  • 2012 Spain's economy double dips after a 0.3% contraction and 25% unemployment rate
  • 2012 Overloaded ferry in the Brahmaputra River, India, killing 103 people
  • 2012 Manchester City defeat Manchester United 1-0 in what is claimed to be the biggest match in the English Premier League's history
  • 2013 13 people are killed after a bomb explodes in Damascus

Historic Event

2013 Willem-Alexander becomes the first male Monarch of Netherlands in 123 years, following the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix

  • 2013 Apple offers the largest bond offering from a private company of 17 Billion
  • 2013 Hannah Warren, who was born without a trachea, at 2, becomes the youngest patient to receive a stem cell bioengineered organ
  • 2013 Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna is declared "The First Superstar of Indian cinema" at the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards
  • 2014 Masked gunmen and pro-Russian separatists take control of more buildings in eastern Ukraine
  • 2015 NFL Draft: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Historic Event

2015 US senator Bernie Sanders announces he will seek the Democratic Party's nomination for President

  • 2015 MESSENGER spacecraft is intentionally deorbited and destroyed

Film & TV History

2018 Superhero film "Avengers: Infinity War" sets new record for an opening weekend earning $250 million in the US, $630 million worldwide

Film & TV History

2018 New species of water beetle from Malaysian Borneo’s Maliau Basin named after actor Leonardo DiCaprio

  • 2018 World's oldest known spider, a female trapdoor, dies after being killed by a wasp sting in Western Australia, aged 43
  • 2018 Coordinated double suicide attack kills 36 in Kabul, Afghanistan, including nine journalists
  • 2018 Etienne Terrus art museum in Elne, France, reveals half of its collection are fakes
  • 2018 Sajid Javid is named UK Home Secretary by Prime Minister Teresa May
  • 2018 Pakistani city of Nawabshah sets global record for an April temperature, recording high of 50.2C

Historic Event

2019 Japanese Emperor Akihito declares his abdication at a ceremony in Tokyo which officially takes effect the following day

  • 2019 New type of dementia identified and named limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy (Late) after misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease
  • 2020 Russian Prime Minister Mikhail V. Mishustin says he has COVID-19
  • 2020 South Korea reports no new domestic cases of COVID-19 for 1st time, their virus cases peaked Feb 29
  • 2020 British Captain Tom Moore, who raised more £30 million for the National Health Service walking in his garden, turns 100 and made an honorary colonel by the Queen

Historic Event

2020 Eurozone economy shrinks at -3.8% between Jan and Mar 2020, the fastest rate on record with Euro Bank President Christine Lagarde warning the 2nd quarter will be even worse

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 UK PM Boris Johnson says Britain is past the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 US President Donald Trump claims COVID-19 originated in a lab in Wuhan, while the Office of the Director of National Intelligence saying the virus is not manmade

  • 2021 Australia announces a ban on citizens returning from India, stranding 8,000 people, and making it a criminal offence to return, amid India's COVID-19 crisis - first democratic country to do so
  • 2021 45 killed and 150 injured in a crush of people at the Israeli Lag B'Omer festival at Mount Meron