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Calendar for April 30th, 2013

Queen's Day (Netherlands)

1658: Marguerite Bourgeoys opened the first school in Montreal, Quebec

Born 1770: David Thompson (explorer)

1798: The United States Department of the Navy was established

1803: The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the country

1812: Louisiana was admitted to the Union as the 18th state

Died 1879: Sarah Josepha Hale (first woman magazine editor in the United States, poet)

Born 1888: John Crowe Ransom (poet)

Died 1900: Casey Jones (railroad engineer, died at the throttle, slowing down his crashing Cannonball trying to save passengers' lives)

Born 1901: Simon Kuznets (economist)

Born 1926: Cloris Leachman (actress)

Born 1933: Willie Nelson (country singer)

1935: U.S. patent #2,000,000 issued

1939: Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first president to appear on television

Born 1944: Jill Clayburgh (actress)

Born 1945: Annie Dillard (author)

Died 1945: Adolf Hitler committed suicide

1947: Law passed to have name of Boulder Dam restored to Hoover Dam

Born 1948: Perry King (actor)

Born 1961: Isiah Thomas (basketball player)

Died 1974: Agnes Moorehead (actress)

Born 1982: Kirsten Dunst (actress)

Died 1983: Muddy Waters (musician)

1992: The final episode of the family sitcom The Cosby Show aired

1993: Monica Seles was stabbed by a deranged fan of Steffi Graf

Died 2007: Tom Poston (actor)

Died 2008: Ling Ling (Japan's oldest giant panda)

2010: Jeff Feagles of the New York Giants announced his retirement. He played a league record of 352 consecutive games.

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