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April 30: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on April 30

April 30th is a special day, as it’s the day we celebrate Honesty Day and Bugs Bunny Day.

Thanks for joining us on the last day of April! Today is the 120th day of the year.

Those of you who were born on April 30th share the Taurus star sign.

Find out all about the last day of this month, with our selection of interesting facts, celebrity births, and the past events that had an important role in the history of this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1952, Mr. Potato Head became the first toy advertised on TV? This was also the first campaign marketed directly at children.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 30th in history!

What Happened On April 30 In History?

2020

British Captain Tom Moore was knighted by the Queen on his 100th birthday.

OTD in 2020: British Captain Tom Moore was knighted by the Queen on his 100th birthday.
Moore walked around his garden during the coronavirus lockdown and raised over £30 million for the National Health Service (NHS).
2018

A newly discovered water beetle was named after Leonardo DiCaprio.

The new species was found in Borneo clinging to a sandstone rock in a river. The name was chosen in honor of DiCaprio's environmental activism.
1988

Tom Hanks and Rita Watson got married.

1966

The Church of Satan was established at the Black House in San Francisco.

This religious organization is dedicated to Satanism, an atheistic religion. The Church of Satan does not believe Satan is an actual entity that exists. They do not worship Satan, nor do they believe in the Devil or God.
1952

Mr. Potato Head became the first toy advertised on TV.

It also became the first commercial was marketed to children on screen.
1945

Adolf Hitler and his newlywed wife, Eva Braun, committed suicide in their bunker in Berlin, Germany.

OTD in 1945: Adolf Hitler and his newlywed wife
It became a honeymoon of death as they were found the next morning dead, Hitler with a gunshot to the temple and Braun poisoned with a cyanide capsule.
1905

Albert Einstein completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Zurich and was awarded a PhD.

1900

Hawaii became a US territory when President William McKinley signed it into law.

McKinley also established the office of the governor of Hawaii. Sanford B. Dole was the first governor.
1812

Louisiana became the 18th state to join the United States of America.

1808

Pellegrini Turri finished construction of the world’s first commercial typewriter.

1803

The USA signed The Louisiana Purchase in Paris.

The US paid France $15 million for all the land between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River, which doubled the size of the USA.
1789

George Washington gave his first speech as the first President of the United States.

Did you know that on this day, April 30th 1952, Mr. Potato Head became the first toy advertised on TV?