April 30 in Pop Culture History

April 30 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

April 30 History Highlights

  • 1938 – The cartoon short Porky’s Hare Hunt debuted in movie theaters, introducing ‘Happy Rabbit’ (a prototype of Bugs Bunny).
  • 1939 – The 1939/1940 New York World’s Fair opened.
  • 1939 – Franklin Roosevelt became the first US President to appear on Televsion, while appearing at the New York World’s Fair.
  • If you were born on April 30th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… August 7th (prior year)

April 30: Cwltic Tradition

In Celtic tradition, the night of April 30th was thought of as the darkest of the year, when witches flew to frighten, spawning evil throughout the land. In response, people pounded on kettles, slammed doors, cracked whips, rang church bells and made all the noise they could to scare off the corruption they imagined to be moving on the moist air.

They lit bonfires and torches and witch- proofed their houses with spring boughs. Such vigils were kept throughout the night until the rising of the May 1st’s dawn.

April 30 is…

Hairstylist Appreciation Day
Honesty Day
Jazz Day
Mahjong Day
Mr. Potato Head Day
Oatmeal Cookie Day
Raisin Day

April 30 Birthday Quotes

“I’ve seen ‘karma’ slap people in the face. You have to be good to people. It really does come around.”
– Kirsten Dunst

“Why can’t we build orphanages next to homes for the elderly? If someone were sitting in a rocker, it wouldn’t be long before a kid will be in his lap.”
– Cloris Leachman

“People are complicated; you put two of them together and it’s generally a mess, but hopefully a beautiful mess.”
– Johnny Galecki

“But I don’t want nutrition. I want food!”
– Alice B. Toklas

“In the world of words the imagination is one of the forces of nature.”
– Larry Niven

April 30 Birthdays

1877 – Alice B. Toklas, American memoirist (died in 1967)
1908 – Eve Arden, American character actress (died in 1990)
1926 – Cloris Leachman, American actress
1938 – Gary Collins, American actor and talk show host (died in 2012)
1938 – Larry Niven, American author
1943 – Bobby Vee, American singer-songwriter (died in 2016)
1944 – Jill Clayburgh, American actress (died in 2010)
1975 – Johnny Galecki, American actor
1982 – Kirsten Dunst, American actress
1985 – Gal Gadot, Israeli actress and model
1992 – Travis Scott, American rapper and producer

April 30 History

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.

1904 – The Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair opened in St. Louis, Missouri.

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

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

1947 – Nevada’s Boulder Dam was renamed the Hoover Dam.

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: Perez Prado – Cherry 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 Rascals – Good Lovin’

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

1983 – #1 Hit April 30, 1983 – May 20, 1983: Michael Jackson – Beat 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- A Time Capsule was put in the ground in front of the Nickelodeon Building. However, on the same exact day 13 years later, Nickelodeon’s studios closed. It’s now underneath the entrance to the Nickelodeon Resort. It will be opened April 30th, 2042.

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.

2004 – Mean Girls and Laws of Attraction were released in theaters.

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

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

If someone killed the 1st zombie, stopping a zombie apocalypse from happening, he\she would more then likely go to prison. #nogooddeedunpunished

“Don’t let it end like this! Tell them I said something” – Francisco “Pancho” Villa #LastWords

The Seven Deadly Sins #6- Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain.

A group of Mushrooms is called a Troop.

Every “secure” website: “The password you’ve chosen is too similar to a password you may actually be able to remember. We require you to select a password you will never remember.”

It would take over 3,600 3.5″ floppy disks to store a single 1080p movie file (~5gb).

I need to schedule my next dentist and oil change appointments on the same day so I can kill two fears of being scolded for not being a responsible adult with one stone.

The Capital of Taiwan is Taipei

“Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just shorta do’em all together, I guess.” – Elvis Presley

The first recorded use of the acronym OMG was in a 1917 letter by Lord Fisher, a retired British admiral to Winston Churchill.

“There is a proverbial saying chiefly concerned with warning against too closely calculating the numerical value of un-hatched chicks.” – Neil Gaiman, Stardust

A Flock of Seagulls lead singer Mike Score was a hairdresser before he was a rock star.

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