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April 30th In Pop Culture History

In Celtic tradition, the night of April 30 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-dawn.

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 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

April 30th Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Alice B. Toklas (1877)
Musician, Gary Davis (1896)
Director, Humberto Maura (1897, d.1983)
Actress, Lucie Mannheim (1899)
Actress, Eve Arden (1908, d.1990)
Actor, Al Lewis (1910, d.2006)
Musician, Sid Weiss (1914)
Musician, Robert Shaw (1916)
Musician, Bea Wain (1917)
Musician, Sheldon Harnick (1924)
Actress, Corrine Calvet (1925)
Musician, Johnny Horton (1925, d.1960)
Actress, Cloris Leachman (1926)
Actor, Peter Carsten (1929)
Actress, Zohra Lampert (1936)
Actor, Larry Niven (1938)
Actor, Gary Collins (1938, d.2012)
Actor, Burt Young (1940)
Musician, Johnny Farina (1941)
Actor, Bobby Vee (1943)
Actress, Jill Clayburgh (1944, d.2010)
Musician, Richard Shoff (1944)
Musician, Mike Beacon (1945)
Musician, Mimi Farina (1945)
Animator, Bill Plympton (1946)
Actor, Leslie Grantham (1947)
Actor, Perry King (1948)
Musician, Wayne Kramer (1948)
Actor, Jacques Audiard (1952)
Musician, Merrill Osmond (1953)
Director, Jane Campion (1954)
Director, Lars Von Trier (1956)
Actor, Charles Berling (1958)
Actor, Kamaran Abdulla (1959)
Actor, Paul Gross (1959)
Basketball player, Isiah Thomas (1961)
Musician, Barrington Levy (1964)
Actor, Adrian Pasdar (1965)
Actor, Steven Mackintosh (1967)
Actress, Babette Van Veen (1968)
Musician, Paulo Jr (1968)
Musician, Joey Restivo (1969)
Musician, Warren Defever (1969)
Actress, Debbie D (1970)
Radio host, Ken Stanton (1970)
Musician, Darren Emerson (1971)
Musician, Akon (1973)
Model, Beverley Peele (1975)
Actor, Johnny Galecki (1975)
Actor, Mike Chat (1975)
Musician, Amanda Palmer (1976)
Actress, Pell James (1977)
Actress, Emma Pierson (1981)
Actress, Kirsten Dunst (1982)
Musician, Lloyd Banks (1982)
Actress, Cleo Higgins (1982)
Actor, Andrew Seeley (1982)
Musician, Yamini (1983)
Wrestler, Shawn Daivari (1984)
Musician/call girl, Ashley Alexandra Dupre (1985)
Actress, Dianna Agron (1986)
Entertainer, Nikki Webster (1987)
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