Friday, April 30, 2004

This Day in History: April 30

On this day the following people were born:

Cornelius Vanderbilt 1898
Queen Juliana (Netherlands) 1909
Al Lewis (Grampa Munster) 1910
Eve Arden 1912
Cloris Leachman 1926
Johnny Horton 1927
Willie Nelson 1933
Gary Collins 1938
Bobby Vee (Velline) 1943
Jill Clayburgh 1944
Merril Osmond 1953
Karen Zipdrive 1953
Jane Campion 1954
Isiah Thomas 1961
Johnny Galecki 1975
Kirsten Dunst 1982

On this day in music history:

1957 - Elvis recorded "Jailhouse Rock."
1965 - The Kinks began their first British tour.
1965 - Herman's Hermits and the Zombies began their first U.S. tour.
1983 - The original Manfred Mann reunited for a London concert.
1985 - Phil Collins released "Sussudio."
1987 - Madonna's "La Isla Bonita" became her 11th consecutive top five single.
1987 - The Beatles' "Help!", "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" were released on compact disc.
1992 - Madonna's bustier was stolen from Fredrick's Of Hollywood. A $1,000 reward was offered for its return.

On this day in general history:

0030 - Jesus of Nazareth was crucified.
1789 - George Washington took office as first elected U.S. president.
1803 - The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.
1889 - George Washington's inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday.
1900 - Hawaii was organized as an official U.S. territory.
1931 - The George Washington Bridge, linking New York City and New Jersey, opened.
1939 - Lou Gehrig played his last game with the New York Yankees.
1945 - Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been married for one day. One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally.
1947 - The name of Boulder Dam, in Nevada, was changed back to Hoover Dam.
1967 - Muhammad Ali was stripped of his world heavyweight boxing championship when he refused to be inducted into the U.S. military service. Ali claimed his religion conflicted with being inducted into the military.
1970 - U.S. troops invaded Cambodia to disrupt North Vietnamese Army base areas. The announcement by U.S. President Nixon led to widespread protests.
1973 - U.S. President Nixon announced resignation of Haldeman, Ehrlichman and other top aides.
1980 - Terrorists seized the Iranian Embassy in London.
1984 - U.S. President Reagan signed cultural and scientific agreements with China. He also signed a tax accord that would make it easier for American companies to operate in China.
2001 - Chandra Levy was last seen in Washington, DC. Her remains were found in Rock Creek Park on May 22, 2002. California Congressman Gary Condit was questioned in the case due to his relationship with Levy.
2002 - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was overwhelmingly approved for another five years as president.

On this day in television history:

1964 - The FCC ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF and UHF channels.
1975 - ABC aired the pilot episode of "Starsky and Hutch."
1992 - The final episode of "The Cosby Show" aired on NBC.
1996 - Jackson Communications Inc, was ordered to pay $1.6 million to Smith-Hemion Productions. Smith-Hemion had lost money because of Michael Jackson's failure to perform on the "Jackson Family Honors" TV special.
1997 - The television series "Ellen" made TV history when its lead character "came out" as a lesbian.
2002 - NBC aired the "Tonight" show's celebration of its 10th year with Jay Leno. Appearances were made by Tom Cruise, Cher and Steven Tyler (Aerosmith).

On this day in NBA history:

2002-03 San Antonio Spurs 4
New Jersey Nets 2
1998-99 San Antonio Spurs 4
New York Knicks 1
1990-91 Chicago Bulls 4
Los Angeles Lakers 1
1988-89 Detroit Pistons 4
Los Angeles Lakers 0
1983-84 Boston Celtics 4
Los Angeles Lakers 3
1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers 4
Los Angeles Lakers 0
1972-73 New York Knicks 4
Los Angeles Lakers 1
1969-70 New York Knicks 4
Los Angeles Lakers 3
1968-69 Boston Celtics 4
Los Angeles Lakers 3
1967-68 Boston Celtics 4
Los Angeles Lakers 2
1965-66 Boston Celtics 4
Los Angeles Lakers 3
1964-65 Boston Celtics 4
Los Angeles Lakers 1
1962-63 Boston Celtics 4
Los Angeles Lakers 2
1961-62 Boston Celtics 4
Los Angeles Lakers 3
1958-59 Boston Celtics 4
Minneapolis Lakers 0

So there it is.

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