Today is April 30.
George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States under the new Constitution on this date in 1789. Robert Livingston administered the oath of office to Washington on the balcony of Federal Hall, at the corner of Wall and Broad streets, in New York City. Remember, the city of Washington hadn't been built yet.
It was on this date in 1945 that the burned corpse of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was found in a bunker in the ruins of Berlin. Hitler, his mistress Eva Braun and several of his ministers had been hiding out in the waning days of World War II as Allied troops closed in. When defeat became inevitable, Hitler shot himself and Braun took poison. His loyal staffers then burned his body.
The United States more than doubled its land area on this date in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. It bought all French territory west of the Mississippi River for $15 million. France's leader, Napoleon, apparently needed the money more than he needed land in the New World.
While resting at courtside during a tennis match in Hamburg, Germany, Monica Seles -- the world's top-ranked women's tennis player at the time -- was stabbed in the back and wounded on this date in 1993. Her attacker was identified as a fan of No.2-rated Steffi Graf. The Yugoslavian-born Seles spent three days in the hospital.
And it was on this date in 1988 that Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" dropped off the Billboard Top-200 album chart for the first time in 725 weeks -- three weeks shorts of 14 YEARS.
We now return you to the present, already in progress.