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Holidays and observances

  • Earliest day on which Arbor Day can fall, while April 30 is the latest; celebrated on the last Friday in April. (United States)

Events

  • 2004 – The United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.
  • 1996 – In the United States, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 is passed into law.
  • 1990 – STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
  • 1970 – The Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations, with Dawda Jawara as its first President.
  • 1967 – Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission.
  • 1967 – Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had "gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily."
  • 1922 – The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation.
  • 1918 – First tank-to-tank combat, at Villers-Bretonneux, France, when three British Mark IVs meet three German A7Vs.
  • 1895 – Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail single-handedly around the world, sets sail from Boston, Massachusetts aboard the sloop "Spray".
  • 1885 – American sharpshooter Annie Oakley is hired by Nate Salsbury to be a part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West.
  • 1800 – The United States Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress".
  • 1704 – The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, The Boston News-Letter, is published.

Births

  • 1998 – Ryan Newman (actress), American actress
  • 1989 – David Boudia, American diver
  • 1986 – Aaron Cunningham, American baseball player
  • 1985 – Mike Rodgers, American sprinter
  • 1982 – David Oliver, American hurdler
  • 1982 – Kelly Clarkson, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1981 – Taylor Dent, American tennis player
  • 1977 – Carlos Beltrán, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
  • 1974 – Eric Kripke, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1973 – Brian Marshall, American bass player and songwriter
  • 1973 – Damon Lindelof, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1973 – Eric Snow, American basketball player and coach
  • 1972 – Chipper Jones, American baseball player
  • 1968 – Todd Jones, American baseball player
  • 1967 – Omar Vizquel, Venezuelan-American baseball player and coach
  • 1964 – Cedric the Entertainer, American comedian, actor, and producer
  • 1964 – Djimon Hounsou, Beninese-American actor and producer
  • 1963 – Billy Gould, American bass player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1963 – Paula Frazer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1956 – James A. Winnefeld, Jr., American admiral
  • 1955 – John de Mol Jr., Dutch businessman, co-founded Endemol
  • 1955 – Michael O'Keefe, American actor
  • 1954 – Jack Blades, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1954 – Mumia Abu-Jamal, American journalist, activist, and convicted murderer
  • 1953 – Eric Bogosian, American actor and writer
  • 1952 – Ralph Winter, American film producer
  • 1950 – Rob Hyman, American singer-songwriter and musician
  • 1949 – Eddie Hart, American sprinter
  • 1948 – Eliana Gil, Ecuadorian-American psychiatrist, therapist, and author
  • 1948 – Paul Cellucci, American soldier and politician, 69th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • 1947 – Roger D. Kornberg, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1945 – Doug Clifford, American drummer and songwriter
  • 1944 – Tony Visconti, American record producer, musician and singer
  • 1943 – Richard Sterban, American country & gospel bass singer
  • 1942 – Barbra Streisand, American singer, actress, activist, and producer
  • 1942 – Richard M. Daley, American lawyer and politician, 54th Mayor of Chicago
  • 1941 – Richard Holbrooke, American journalist, banker, and diplomat, 22nd United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2010)
  • 1940 – Sue Grafton, American author
  • 1937 – Joe Henderson, African-American saxophonist and composer (d. 2001)
  • 1934 – Shirley MacLaine, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1930 – Jerome Callet, American instrument designer, educator, and author
  • 1930 – Richard Donner, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1928 – Johnny Griffin, American saxophonist (d. 2008)
  • 1924 – Ruth Kobart, American actress and singer (d. 2002)
  • 1923 – Doris Burn, American author and illustrator (d. 2011)
  • 1919 – David Blackwell, African-American mathematician and academic (d. 2010)
  • 1916 – Lou Thesz, American wrestler and trainer (d. 2002)
  • 1914 – Justin Wilson, American chef and author (d. 2001)
  • 1914 – William Castle, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1977)
  • 1913 – Dieter Grau, German-American scientist and engineer (d. 2014)
  • 1912 – Ruth Osburn, American discus thrower (d. 1994)
  • 1908 – Marceline Day, American actress (d. 2000)
  • 1906 – William Joyce, American-born Irish-British Nazi propaganda broadcaster (d. 1946)
  • 1905 – Al Bates, American long jumper (d. 1999)
  • 1905 – Robert Penn Warren, American novelist, poet, and literary critic (d. 1989)
  • 1904 – Willem de Kooning, Dutch-American painter and educator (d. 1997)
  • 1903 – José Antonio Primo de Rivera, Spanish lawyer and politician, founded the Falange (d. 1936)
  • 1899 – Oscar Zariski, Russian-American mathematician and academic (d. 1986)
  • 1897 – Benjamin Lee Whorf, American linguist, anthropologist, and engineer (d. 1941)
  • 1885 – Thomas Cronan, American triple jumper (d. 1962)
  • 1880 – Gideon Sundback, Swedish-American engineer and businessman, developed the zipper (d. 1954)
  • 1879 – Susanna Bokoyni, Hungarian-American circus performer (d. 1984)
  • 1743 – Edmund Cartwright, English clergyman and engineer, invented the power loom (d. 1823)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Robert Pirsig, American author and philosopher (b. 1928)
  • 2016 – Tommy Kono, American weightlifter and coach (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – Hans Hollein, Austrian architect, designed Haas House (b. 1934)
  • 2008 – Jimmy Giuffre, American clarinet player, and saxophonist, and composer (b. 1921)
  • 2006 – Moshe Teitelbaum, Romanian-American rabbi and author (b. 1914)
  • 2004 – Estée Lauder, American businesswoman, co-founded Estée Lauder Companies (b. 1906)
  • 2001 – Johnny Valentine, American wrestler (b. 1928)
  • 1997 – Allan Francovich, American director and producer (b. 1941)
  • 1997 – Eugene Stoner, American engineer, designed the AR-15 rifle (b. 1922)
  • 1997 – Pat Paulsen, American comedian and activist (b. 1927)
  • 1976 – Mark Tobey, American-Swiss painter and educator (b. 1890)
  • 1974 – Bud Abbott, American comedian and producer (b. 1895)
  • 1970 – Otis Spann, American singer and pianist (b. 1930)
  • 1965 – Louise Dresser, American actress (b. 1878)
  • 1962 – Milt Franklyn, American composer (b. 1897)
  • 1961 – Lee Moran, American actor, director and screenwriter (b. 1888)
  • 1947 – Willa Cather, American novelist, short story writer, and poet (b. 1873)
  • 1944 – Charles Jordan, American magician (b. 1888)
  • 1938 – George Grey Barnard, American sculptor (b. 1863)
  • 1924 – G. Stanley Hall, American psychologist and academic (b. 1844)
  • 1779 – Eleazar Wheelock, American minister and academic, founded Dartmouth College (b. 1711)
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