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This day in history

Tuesday, April 30, is the 120th day of 2013. There are 245 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Cloris Leachman is 87. Singer Willie Nelson is 80. Actor Burt Young is 73. Director Jane Campion is 59. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is 54. Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is 52. R&B singer Akon is 40. Actress Kirsten Dunst is 31.

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In 1789, George Washington took office in New York as the first president of the United States.

In 1803, the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for 60 million francs, the equivalent of about $15 million.

In 1812, Louisiana became the 18th state of the Union.

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 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 1983, blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters died in Westmont, Ill., at 68.

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