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This day in history

Today is Monday, April 30, the 120th day of 2018. There are 245 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actress Cloris Leachman is 92. Actor Burt Young is 78. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is 72. Movie director Jane Campion is 64. Movie director Lars von Trier is 62. Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is 59. Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is 57. Rock musician Rhythm-and-blues singer Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) is 45. Actor Kunal Nayyar is 37. Actress Kirsten Dunst is 36.

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

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In 1803, the United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.

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

In 1900, engineer 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 1945, as Soviet troops approached his Berlin bunker, Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife of one day, Eva Braun.

In 1948, the Organization of American States was founded with the signing of its charter in Bogota, Colombia.

In 1968, New York City police forcibly removed student demonstrators occupying five buildings at Columbia University.

In 1973, President Richard 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 1975, the Vietnam War ended as the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces.

In 1993, top-ranked women’s tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a match in Hamburg, Germany, by a man who described himself as a fan of second-ranked German player Steffi Graf. (The man, convicted of causing grievous bodily harm, was given a suspended sentence.)

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In 2013, President Obama said he wanted more information about chemical weapons use in the Syrian civil war before deciding on escalating US military or diplomatic responses, despite earlier assertions that use of such weapons would be a ‘‘game-changer.’’

Last year, President Trump said after North Korea’s latest failed rocket launch that communist leader Kim Jong Un would eventually develop better missiles and that ‘‘we can’t allow it to happen.”