April 30 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

311 Roman Emperor Galerius issues Edict of Toleration, ending persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire

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)

1562 1st French colonists in North America: Jean Ribault & colonists arrive in Florida

1789 George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America

1859 Charles Dickens‘ “A Tale Of Two Cities” is first published in literary periodical “All the Year Round” (weekly installments until Nov 26)

2009 Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Today’s Historical Events

311 Roman Emperor Galerius issues Edict of Toleration, ending persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire

313 Licinius unifies the entire Eastern Roman Empire under his rule

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)

1064 German King Henry IV gives away Utrecht county of West Friesland

1315 French chamberlain Enguerrand de Marigny is hanged on the public gallows at Montfaucon after being convicted of sorcery

1349 Jewish community of Radolfzell, Germany, exterminated

1396 Crusaders & Earl of Nevers depart from Dijon

1483 Orbital calculations suggest that on this day, Pluto moved inside Neptune’s orbit until July 23, 1503

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1598 1st theater performance in America (Spanish comedy-Rio Grande)

1695 William Congreve’s Restoration comedy “Love for Love” premieres in London

1938 The first televised FA Cup Final takes place between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End

1939 NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with FDR at opening of NY World’s Fair

1943 Noël Coward‘s play “This Happy Breed” premieres in London

1945 “Arthur Godfrey Time” begins a 27 year run on CBS radio

1952 Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television

1969 WEDB TV channel 40 in Berlin, New Hampshire (PBS) begins broadcasting

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1852 Anton Rubinstein’s opera “Dmitri Donskoi” premieres in St Petersburg

1885 Henry Lee Higginson starts the “Popular Music” series with the Boston Symphony, which evolves into the Boston Pops Orchestra 1900

1902 Claude Debussy‘s only completed opera “Pelléas et Mélisande” premieres in Paris

1948 “Inside USA” opens at Century Theater NYC for 339 performances

1954 Darius Milhaud‘s 4th Concert for piano and orchestra premieres in Haifa, Israel

1955 Cuban bandleader Pérez Prado’s mambo version of “Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White” goes #1 for 10 weeks

1961 “Tossin’ and Turnin'” single released by Bobby Lewis (Billboard Song of the Year, 1961)

1973 Paul McCartney releases “Red Rose Speedway” album, including the hit single “My Love”

 

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1722 Game of Billiards is mentioned in New England Courant

1859 Paul Morphy returns from 10-month chess tour of Europe, retires

1887 1st game played at Broad & Huntingdon St Park (Baker Bowl) in Philadelphia; Phillies beat Giants 19-10

1900 Weighing in at 170 lbs British former world heavyweight boxing champion Bob Fitzsimmons KOs 270 lb American Ed Dunkhost in round 2 of a lop-sided bout in Brooklyn, New York

1903 NY Highlanders (Yankees) inaugural home opener at Hilltop Park, Manhattan; beat Washington Senators, 6-2

1905 First official soccer game between neighbouring countries Belgium-Netherlands; Dutch win, 4-1 at Olympic Stadium, Antwerp

1910 Cleveland Naps Addie Joss limits St.Louis Browns to 8 hits in 2-1 victory

1918 Orange Nassau soccer team forms in Groningen

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.