April 30 in Pop Culture History

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1789 – In New York City, George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States.

1803 – The Louisiana Purchase from France, for 15 million dollars, also included much (if not all of) of Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming.

1812 – The Territory of Orleans became the 18th U.S. state under the name Louisiana.

1894 – Antarctic iceberg fragment was sighted at a latitude 26.50 degrees south, approximately parallel to to Rio de Janeiro, the nearest to the equator that an Antarctic iceberg that has been seen.

1900 – Casey Jones died in a train wreck in Vaughan, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.

1900 – Hawaii became a territory of the United States, with Sanford B. Dole as governor.

1927 – Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, in Hollywood.

1938 – The cartoon short Porky’s Hare Hunt debuted in movie theaters, introducing ‘Happy Rabbit’ (a prototype of Bugs Bunny).

1939 – The New York World’s fair opened at Flushing Meadow Park in Queens.

1948 – The Land Rover, a British-made all-terrain vehicle, debuted at an auto show in Amsterdam.

1955 – #1 Hit April 30, 1955 – July 8, 1955: Pérez PradoCherry Pink And Apple Blossom White

1966 – The Church of Satan was established at the Black House in San Francisco.

1966 – #1 Hit April 30, 1966 – May 6, 1966: Young RascalsGood Lovin’

1977 – #1 Hit April 30, 1977 – May 6, 1977: Glen CampbellSouthern Nights

1983 – #1 Hit April 30, 1983 – May 20, 1983: Michael JacksonBeat It

1989 – CNBC, the first NBC cable channel and the first financial cable channel, began transmitting.

1992 – The finale for The Cosby Show aired on NBC

1992- The Nickelodeon time capsule was buried at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, FL.

1993 – Tennis star Monica Seles was stabbed by Gunter Parchein Hamburg, Germany.

1997 – During the ‘Puppy’ episode of Ellen it was revealed that the main/title character (Ellen DeGeneres) was gay.

2011 – #1 Hit April 30, 2011 – May 20, 2011: Rihanna featuring Britney SpearsS&M

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