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April 30 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on April 29th.

Today In …

1492 - Christopher Columbus received his “charter of prerogatives and privileges” from the Spanish monarchy.

1789 - George Washington was inaugurated as the 1st U.S. President.

1803 - The Louisiana Purchase became official.

1812 - Louisiana officially became the 18th U.S. State.

1939 - New York played host to the World’s Fair which opened today.

1945 - The popular radio program “Arthur Godfrey Times” began today. It would end 27 years later on this day in 1972.

1975 - The unofficial end of the Vietnam War happened today when South Vietnam surrendered.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Jill Clayburgh who starred in “An Unmarried Woman” and “Starting Over” was born in 1944.

Gary Collins who starred in “Airport”, “Roots” and former TV host was born in 1938.

Kirsten Dunst the star of “Interview With the Vampire”, “Marie Antoinette” and “Spider-Man” was born in 1982.

Johnny Horton the famed country singer was born in 1925.

Perry King from TV’s “Riptide” was born in 1948.

Cloris Leachman the Oscar winning star of “The Last Picture Show” as well as “Young Frankenstein” and TV’s “Mary Tyler Moore Show” was born in 1926.

Al Lewis the actor best remembered as Grandpa on TV’s “The Munsters” was born in 1923.

Willie Nelson the iconic singer of such songs as “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”, “Whiskey River” and “On The Road Again” was born in 1933.

Queen Mary II of England was born in 1662. The College of William and Mary is named after her and her husband, King William.

Elliott Sadler the NASCAR race driver was born in 1975.

Bobby Vee the voice behind the song “Take Good Care of My Baby” was born in 1943.

Michael Waltrip the NASCAR race driver was born in 1963.

We Said Goodbye To…

Eva Braun the companion of Adolf Hitler died in 1945 at the age of 33.

Bessie Coleman the first African American female aviator was killed in an airplane mishap in 1926 at the age of 34.

Casey Jones the legendary hero was killed in the Cannonball Express train wreck in 1900 at the age of 36.

Adolf Hitler the former leader of Germany died in 1945.

Edouard Manet the French painter passed away in 1883 at the age of 51.

Agnes Moorehead the actress best remembered for her role as Endora on TV’s “Bewitched” passed away in 1974 at the age of 73.

Tom Poston from TV's "Newhart" passed away in 2007 at the age of 85.

Muddy Waters the famed blues musician passed away in 1983 at the age of 68.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1955 - “Unchained Melody” by Les Baxter
1966 - “Good Lovin’” by The Young Rascals
1977 - “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell
1983 - “Beat It” by Michael Jackson
1988 - On The Country Charts - “It’s Such A Small World” by Roseanne Cash and Rodney Crowell
1994 - On The Country Charts – “Piece Of My Heart” by Faith Hill

TV Moments In…

1939 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to appear on TV!

1992 - After nearly eight years on the air, the last episode of “The Cosby Show” aired.

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1939 - Baseball’s legendary Lou Gehrig played his final game.

1993 - Monica Seles was stabbed by Guenter Parche during a tennis match.

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