On April 30…

1789 – George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the newly-formed United States.

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1812 – Louisiana became the 18th state admitted to the U.S.

 

1903 – Victor Records made its first Red Seal recording.  The premiere disk featured Ada Crossley, an opera contralto.

1939 – The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put into service.  The train car was known as the General Pershing Zephyr.

1939 – Baseball’s ‘Iron Horse,’ Lou Gehrig, played his last game with the New York Yankees.

1939 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first chief executive to appear on TV, when he spoke at the opening ceremonies of the New York World’s Fair in Flushing, NY, on WNBT in New York.

1945 – Adolf Hitler and his mistress, Eva Braun, committed suicide in their bunker in Berlin.

1947 – The name of the Boulder Dam was changed back to its original name, Hoover Dam.

1948 – The United States and 20 Latin American nations signed a charter establishing the Organization of American States (OAS).

1964 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF channels and the new UHF channels.

1975 – Saigon – and all of Vietnam – fell into communist hands, marking the unofficial end of the Vietnam War, as the U.S. withdrew completely.

 

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