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April 30: This Day That Year

April 30

- 1492 - Christopher Columbus gets royal commission to equip his fleet.

- 1789 - USA: George Washington is inaugurated as the first President.

- 1798 - US Department of the Navy forms.

- 1904 - Ice cream cone introduced at the St. Louis World's Fair by Ernest A. Hamwi (Syrian concessionaire).

- 1916 - Germany ratifies bill enabling Daylight Saving Time, becomes first country to do so.

- 1945 - Adolf Hitler, German Dictator (1936-45), commits suicide (age 56, Born April 20, 1889).

- 1949 - Birthday: António Guterres, 114th Prime Minister of Portugal (1995-2002) & 9th Secretary-General of the United Nations, born in Lisbon, Portugal.

- 1959 - Birthday: Stephen Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada (2006-15), born in Toronto, Ontario.

- 1981 - Birthday: Kunal Nayyar, British-Indian actor (Dr. Raj Koothrappali - The Big Bang Theory), born in London.

- 1991- Bangladesh: A cyclone killed around 131,000 & left 9 million homeless.

- 1993 - CERN announced that the World Wide Web would be free to anyone, with no fees due

- 2009 - UK ends combat operations in Iraq.

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