Today is Thursday, April 30, the 121st day of 2020 with 245 days to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Saturn. Evening stars are Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include Hungarian composer Franz Lehar, who wrote the operetta "The Merry Widow," in 1870; actor Eve Arden in 1908; Dutch Queen Juliana in 1909; actor Cloris Leachman in 1926 (age 94); actor Gary Collins in 1938; actor Burt Young in 1940 (age 80); singer Bobby Vee in 1943; actor Jill Clayburgh in 1944; Sweden's King Carl Gustaf XVI in 1946 (age 74); U.S. Olympic champion swimmer Don Schollander in 1946 (age 74); actor Perry King in 1948 (age 72); film director Jane Campion in 1954 (age 66); former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 1959 (age 61); basketball Hall of Fame member Isiah Thomas in 1961 (age 59); actor Johnny Galecki in 1975 (age 45); actor Sam Heughan in 1980 (age 40); actor Kunal Nayyar in 1981 (age 39); actor Kirsten Dunst in 1982 (age 38); actor Gal Gadot in 1985 (age 35); actor Dianna Agron in 1986 (age 34); rapper Travis Scott, born Jacques Webster, in 1992 (age 28).
On this date in history:
In 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States.
In 1803, the United States more than doubled its land area with the Louisiana Purchase. It obtained all French territory west of the Mississippi River for $15 million.
In 1812, Louisiana entered the union as the 18th U.S. state.
In 1927, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford became the first movie personalities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to appear on television when he was shown on opening day at the New York World's Fair.
In 1945, the burned body of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was found in a bunker in the ruins of Berlin.
In 1948, 21 countries of the Western Hemisphere formed the Organization of American States.
In 1967, Muhammad Ali was stripped of his world heavyweight boxing championship title after he refused to be drafted into the U.S. military.
In 1975, South Vietnam unconditionally surrendered to North Vietnam. The communists occupied Saigon and renamed it Ho Chi Minh City.
In 1993, tennis star Monica Seles was stabbed and injured by a self-described fan of Steffi Graf during a break between games in a match against another player in Hamburg, Germany. Seles, who won nine grand-slam singles titles in her career, was out of competitive tennis for more than two years after the attack.
In 1997, Ellen DeGeneres' character came out as gay on the popular sitcom Ellen, making it the first sitcom to feature a gay leading character. The local ABC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., refused to air the episode so gay rights advocates arranged for a satellite downlink to beam the show.
In 2006, rebel factions in Sudan rejected a peace agreement in the Darfur conflict. Officials estimated the fighting had killed at least 180,000 people and driven more than 2 million from their homes.
In 2009, Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection in a key move of a restructuring plan backed by the Obama administration.
In 2012, Israel began construction of a wall that would be 23 feet high and less than a mile long on its border with Lebanon. Security officials said the concrete wall would protect residents in the Matulla area from sniper fire from nearby Lebanese villages.
In 2013, Queen Beatrix, the 75-year-old monarch of the Netherlands, signed a formal declaration abdicating in favor of her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, 46, who became the country's first king in 123 years.
In 2019, Japanese Emperor Akihito, 85, formally abdicated his throne, becoming the nation's first monarch to step down in 200 years. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito, ascended to the throne, starting the Reiwa era.
A thought for the day: "One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love." -- Ancient Greek playwright Sophocles