On This Day In History, 30 April

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World Events Today

  • The Nazi German leader Adolf Hitler, realizing that World War II was lost, committed suicide in the Fuhrerbunker in Berlin today in 1945
  • The Second Indochina War, after almost 20 years of fighting, ended today in 1975
  • The Iranian Embassy siege in London started today in 1980, it ended in spectacular fashion when the SAS, the Special Air Service, stormed the building on the sixth day

Entertainment Events Today

  • The West End production of My Fair Lady, opened today in 1958 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, it ran for five and a half years
  • The leading women’s tennis player Monica Seles, was stabbed in the back by an obsessed fan during a match in Germany, today in 1993
  • The United Kingdom radio station Virgin Radio UK, aired for the first time today in 2016, the service launched on the Virgin Trains service from Manchester to London

Family Events Today

  • The American actress Kirsten Dunst, best known for her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, was born today in 1982 in New Jersey
  • Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot Varsano, who gained much fame from her role as Wonder Woman in the 2017 movie, was born today in 1985
  • The actor Peter Mayhew, best known for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars movie series, died today in 2019 aged 74

Main Event Today

  • George Washington, was inaugurated as the first President of the United States today in 1789, the event took place at the Federal Hall in New York, which was the country’s capital at the time

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Honesty Day

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