April 30th

2009
Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Chrysler Chapter 11 reorganization
2005
Missing Georgia woman Jennifer Wilbanks, the so-called 'runaway bride,' turned up in Albuquerque, N.M.
Runaway bride case
2003
Libya accepted responsibility for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Pan Am Flight 103
2001
Chandra Levy, a federal government intern, went missing in Washington, D.C. (Her remains were found more than a year later in a city park.).
Chandra Levy
1997
ABC aired the 'coming out' episode of the sitcom 'Ellen,' in which the title character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, admitted she is a lesbian.
The Ellen Show
1993
CERN announces that World Wide Web protocols will remain free. By offering the software required to operate a web server with an open license, the European organization ensured its dissemination, and the WWW flourished.
World Wide Web
1991
Over 131,000 were killed and as many as 9 million left homeless when a cyclone struck Bangladesh.
1991 Bangladesh cyclone
1975
The fall of Saigon marks the end of the Vietnam War. As Communist forces gained control of Saigon, South Vietnamese President Duong Van Minh, who had only been in office for 2 days, surrendered unconditionally.
Fall of Saigon
1970
President Richard Nixon announced the United States was sending troops into Cambodia.
Cambodian Campaign
1958
The American Association of Retired Persons was founded in Washington, D.C.
AARP
1948
The Organization of American States held its first meeting in Bogotá, Colombia.
Organization of American States
1945
Adolf Hitler and his newly married mistress Eva Braun committed suicide.
Death of Adolf Hitler
1939
U.S. commercial television made its official debut at the New York World’s Fair.The signal was transmitted from the Empire State Building.
Timeline of electrical and electronic engineering
1916
Germany and its World War I allies become the first countries to use daylight saving time (DST). The rationale was to save energy to aid the war effort. Other European countries, such as the United Kingdom, first introduced DST later that year.
Daylight saving time
1900
Hawaii was organized as a U.S. territory.
Territory of Hawaii
1859
Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" is first published in literary periodical "All the Year Round" (weekly installments until Nov 26).
A Tale of Two Cities
1812
Louisiana became the 18th state in the United States.
Louisiana
1803
France sold Louisiana and adjoining lands to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
Louisiana Purchase
1789
George Washington becomes the first U.S. President. Washington took the oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City. In the United States, he is venerated as one of the country's founding fathers.
George Washington
1562
1st French colonists in North America: Jean Ribault & colonists arrive in Florida.
Jean Ribault
711
Islamic conquest of Iberia: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn-Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andalus).
Umayyad conquest of Hispania
311
Roman Emperor Galerius issues Edict of Toleration, ending persercution of Christians in the Roman Empire.
Edict of Toleration by Galerius