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April 30 in History

Update: April, 30/2011 - 10:35

 

1777

Johann Karl Friedrich Gauss (died 1855), regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians of all time, is born in Germany.

1789

George Washington is inaugurated as America's first president.

1870

Birth of Hungarian composer Franz Lehar. He wrote operettas and achieved worldwide recognition for The Merry Widow.

1946

Birth of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. King since 1973, he had much of his constitutional powers taken away by the Social Democrats, who pledged to eventually end the monarchy.

1975

The beginning of a unified Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, after the victory over the United States and the Sai Gon administration, ending 137 years of resistance wars against the French, Japanese and Americans.

1986

The Soviet government says 197 people are hospitalised in Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, the reactor has been shut down and radiation levels are dropping.

1991

Cyclone hits Bangladesh, killing at least 125,000 people.

1993

Tennis star Monica Seles, the world's No 1 player, is stabbed with a kitchen knife courtside in Germany by a German supporter of her rival Steffi Graf.

1998

Birth of the first boy from test tube incubation in Viet Nam, marking a significant progress in the country's medical sector.

1998

Secessionist rebels and the Papua New Guinea government sign a permanent cease-fire, ending a nine-year rebellion on the South Pacific island of Bougainville.

2003

The United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations formally publish a "road map" for Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations that would lead to the creation of an independent Palestinian state in 2005. — AP/REUTERS/VNS

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