There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.
Saturday April 30th
1665: Start of the Great Plague of London (1665-66).
1683: First meeting of the Boston Philosophical Society.
1777: Carl Friedrich Gauss (COMP 1777-1855) German who was one of history’s most influential mathematicians.
1789: George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States in New York.
1803: United States purchases Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the country.
1812: Louisiana is admitted to the Union.
1824: Monroe signs the General Survey Bill supporting internal improvements.
1857: Eugen Bleuler (PROG 1837-1939) Swiss psychiatrist who originated the term schizophrenia and the concept of autism.
1859: Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities is published in serial form in his new literary periodical All the Year Round.
1870: The Tohono O’odham Indians massacre 144 Apache near Camp Grant, Arizona.
1870: Franz Lehár (MISS 1870-1948) Austro-Hungarian composer The Merry Widow (1905).
1883: Edison Electric Illuminating Company is incorporated.
1894: Coxey’s Army reaches Washington, D.C.
1897: British physicist J. J. Thomson announces the discovery of the electron at the Royal Institution.
1899: Ellis Wilson (LOST 1899-1977) African-American artist.
1900: Hawaii becomes a U.S. territory.
1900: Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi.
1904: George Stibitz (GI 1904-1995) mathematician who is regarded as the father of the modern digital computers.
1908: Eve Arden (GI 1908-90) actress Our Miss Brooks (1948-57), Anatomy of a Murder (1959), The Mothers-In-Law (1967-69), Grease (1978).
1923: Al Lewis (GI 1923-2006) actor Car 54, Where Are You? (1961-63), The Munsters (1964-66), They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969), They Might Be Giants (1971).
1926: Cloris Leachman (SIL 1926- ) actress The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-75), Young Frankenstein (1974), Phyllis (1975-76), High Anxiety (1977).
1933: Willie Nelson (SIL 1933- ) country singer-songwriter.
1938: Bugs Bunny debuts in Porky’s Hare Hunt.
1939: New York World’s Fair opens.
1945: As the Soviets reach his bunker Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide.
1945: Ravensbrück concentration camp is liberated by the Soviets.
1945: Queen for a Day premiered on Mutual radio.
1958: American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is founded.
1970: The United States invades Cambodia.
1970: Joseph Colombo, of the Italian-American Civil Rights League, pickets the FBI.
1975: Saigon falls to Communist forces.
1982: Kirsten Dunst (MILL 1982- ) actress Little Women (1994), Jumanji (1995), Small Soldiers (1998), Spider-Man (2002), Upside Down (2012).
1997: Ellen DeGeneres comes out on her sitcom Ellen.