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On this day: April 30

Today’s birthdays

Willie Nelson, country singer, 86

Burt Young, actor, 79

King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, 73

Jane Campion, film director, 65

Kirsten Dunst, actress, 37

Dianna Agron, actress/singer, 33

It happened today…

311:Christians were legally recognised in the Roman Empire.

1789:George Washington (pictured below) was inaugurated as the first president of the United States of America.

1803: The USA bought Louisiana and New Orleans from France.

1900: Engine driver Casey Jones died at the throttle of the Cannonball Express at Illinois Central, slowing down the train to save passengers’ lives.

1906:London bus routes were numbered.

1944: The first of 500,000 prefabricated homes (prefabs) went on show in London.

1945:Adolf Hitler shot himself dead in his underground bunker beneath the Chancellery in Berlin. Eva Braun, whom he had married the previous day, died beside him by taking a cyanide pill.

1975: The Vietnam War ended when the South Vietnam government surrendered to North Vietnam. Fighting had continued despite the signing of peace treaties in 1973.

1980: Armed terrorists seized the Iranian Embassy in London and threatened to blow it up if their demands were not met.

1993: Tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed by an obsessed fan during a quarter-final match of the 1993 Citizen Cup in Hamburg, Germany.

Quote of the day

‘I get pretty involved in things like arguing for equal pay. I am not afraid to be at those meetings and by making noise about it, to keep holding people to account, trying to kick up a bit of a storm’ — Broadcaster Clare Balding (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care’ — 26th US president Theodore Roosevelt