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Today in History
Today in History: Saturday, April  30, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On April 30, 1945, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife of one day, Eva Braun, as Russian troops approached his Berlin bunker.
 
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1789George Washington took office in New York as the first president of the United States.
1803The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France.
1812Louisiana became the 18th state.
1859"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens was first published in serial form in a literary magazine.
1900Hawaii was organized as a U.S. territory.
1939The New York World's Fair opened.
1958The American Association of Retired Persons was founded in Washington, D.C.
1970President Richard Nixon announced the United States was sending troops into Cambodia.
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1975The South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces.
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1993Top-ranked women's tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by a man who ran onto the court during a match in Hamburg, Germany.
1997ABC aired the "coming out" episode of the sitcom "Ellen," in which the title character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, admitted she is a lesbian.
2001Chandra Levy, a federal government intern, went missing in Washington, D.C. (Her remains were found more than a year later in a city park.)
2003Mahmoud Abbas took office as the first Palestinian prime minister.
2005Missing Georgia woman Jennifer Wilbanks, the so-called "runaway bride," turned up in Albuquerque, N.M.
2009Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection.
2009British forces exited Iraq.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor Johnny Galecki ("The Big Bang Theory") turns 41 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Cloris LeachmanActress ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Phyllis")90
Willie NelsonCountry singer83
Burt YoungActor76
Bobby VeeSinger73
Merrill OsmondSinger (The Osmonds)63
Jane CampionDirector ("The Piano")62
Stephen HarperPrime minister of Canada57
Isiah ThomasBasketball Hall of Famer55
Adrian PasdarActor ("Heroes")51
AkonR&B singer43
Kunal NayyarActor ("Big Bang Theory")35
Kirsten DunstActress34
Actress Dianna Agron ("Glee") turns 30 years old today.
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