Wednesday, April 30, is the 120th day of 2014. There are 245 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Actress Cloris Leachman is 88. Singer Willie Nelson is 81. Actor Burt Young is 74. Singer Bobby Vee is 71. Director Allan Arkush is 66. Actor Perry King is 66. Singer Merrill Osmond is 61. Director Jane Campion is 60. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is 55. Actor Paul Gross is 55. Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is 53. Country musician Robert Reynolds (the Mavericks) is 52. Actor Adrian Pasdar is 49. Rock singer J.R. Richards (Dishwalla) is 47. Rapper Turbo B (Snap) is 47. Rock musician Clark Vogeler is 45. R&B singer Chris ‘‘Choc’’ Dalyrimple (Soul for Real) is 43. Rock musician Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down) is 43. Country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson is 43. Actress Lisa Dean Ryan is 42. R&B singer Akon is 41. R&B singer Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) is 41. Actor Johnny Galecki is 39. Singer-musician Cole Deggs is 38. Actor Kunal Nayyar is 33. Rapper Lloyd Banks is 32. Actress Kirsten Dunst is 32. Country singer Tyler Wilkinson (the Wilkinsons) is 30. Actress Dianna Agron is 28.
In 311, shortly before his death, Roman Emperor Galerius issued his Edict of Toleration ending persecution of Christians.
In 1789, George Washington took the oath of office in New York as the first US president.
In 1803, the US purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for 60 million francs, the equivalent of about $15 million.
In 1812, Louisiana became the 18th state.
In 1864, Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s 5-year-old son, Joseph, died in a fall at the Confederate White House in Richmond.
In 1900, John Luther ‘‘Casey’’ Jones of the Illinois Central Railroad died in a train wreck near Vaughan, Miss., after staying at the controls in a successful effort to save the passengers.
In 1939, the New York World’s Fair officially opened with a ceremony that included an address by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In 1945, as Russian troops approached his Berlin bunker, Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife of one day, Eva Braun.
In 1958, the American Association of Retired Persons (later simply AARP) was founded in Washington, D.C., by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus.
In 1968, New York City police forcibly removed student demonstrators occupying five buildings at Columbia University.
In 1973, President Nixon announced the resignations of top aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst, and White House counsel John Dean, who was actually fired.
In 1993, top-ranked women’s tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a match in Hamburg by Gunter Parche, a self-described fan of second-ranked German player Steffi Graf. (Convicted of causing grievous bodi-ly harm, Parche was given a suspended sentence.)
In 2004, former NBA star Jayson Williams was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter in the shotgun slaying of a limousine driver at his New Jersey mansion, but found guilty of trying to cover up the shooting. (The jury deadlocked on the second major charge, reckless manslaughter; Williams later pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and served 18 months.)