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A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child. -- Dr. Seuss

Other Notable Events for April 30

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On this date in history:

In 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States.

In 1803, the United States more than doubled its land area with the Louisiana Purchase. It obtained all French territory west of the Mississippi River for $15 million.

In 1812, Louisiana entered the ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for April 30

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Those born on this date include:

- German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss in 1777
- Hungarian composer Franz Lehar, who wrote the operetta The Merry Widow, in 1870
- actor Eve Arden in 1908
- actor Cloris Leachman in 1926 (age 90)
- singer Willie Nelson in 1933 (age 83)
- actor Gary Collins in 1938
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Astronomy

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Today is Saturday, April 30, the 121st day of 2016 with 245 days to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn.

Christopher Columbus

This Day in History, April 30

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On April 30th, 1492, Christopher Columbus was granted a commission for exploration by Spain.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: When free discussion is denied, hardening of the arteries of democracy has set in, free institutions are but a lifeless form and the death of the republic is at hand. -- William Randolph Hearst

Other Notable Events for April 29

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On this date in history:

In 1864, Ashmun Institute in Pennsylvania, the first college founded solely for African-American students, was officially chartered.

In 1885, women were admitted for the first time to examinations at England's Oxford University.

In 1913, Gideon Sundbach of Hoboken, N.J., was issued a ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for April 29

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Those born on this date include:

- Publisher William Randolph Hearst in 1863
- bandleader and composer Edward Kennedy Duke Ellington in 1899
- Japanese Emperor Hirohito in 1901
- actor Celeste Holm in 1917
- pro football Coach George Allen in 1918
- English skiffle group leader Lonnie Donegan in 1931
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Astronomy

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Today is Friday, April 29, the 120th day of 2016 with 246 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn.

James Cook

This Day in History, April 29

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On April 29th, 1770, James Cook arrived at and named Botany Bay, Australia.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: H. Jackson Brown Jr. said, Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.

Other Notable Events for April 28

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On this date in history:

In 1788, Maryland ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the seventh state of the Union.

In 1789, the most famous of all naval mutinies took place aboard the HMS Bounty en route from Tahiti to Jamaica.

In 1915, the International Congress of Women, convening in The Hague, selected Miss ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for April 28

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Those born on this date include:

- James Monroe, fifth president of the United States, in 1758
- Dutch legal scholar/Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tobias Michael Carel Asser in 1838
- actor Lionel Barrymore in 1878
- German industrialist Oskar Schindler, credited with saving almost 1,200 Jews during the World War II ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Thursday, April 28, the 119th day of 2016 with 247 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn.

HMS Bounty

This Day in History, April 28

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On April 28th, 1789, the mutiny on the HMS Bounty took place.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: We can let circumstances rule us or we can take charge and rule our lives from within. -- Earl Nightingale

Other Notable Events for April 27

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On this date in history:

In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives of the Philippine Islands during his attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the world. His co-leader, Juan Sebastian de Elcano, completed the voyage in 1522.

In 1749, George Frideric Handel's Fireworks Music was first performed...Read more

Notable Birthdays for April 27

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Those born on this date include:

- English historian Edward Gibbon in 1737
- philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft in 1759
- Samuel F.B. Morse, American artist/inventor of magnetic telegraphy, in 1791
- Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president of the United States/Civil War general, in 1822
- Wallace Carothers, inventor of ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Wednesday, April 27, the 118th day of 2016 with 248 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn.

Grant's Tomb

This Day in History, April 27

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On April 27th, 1897, Grant's Tomb was dedicated.