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Sunday, April 30th
The 120th  day of 2006.
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Today's Highlights in History

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On April 30, 1975, the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces. (Go to article.)

On April 30, 1902, Theodore Schultz, the American economist who won a Nobel Prize for his important studies of the human factor in the workplace, was born. Following his death on February 26, 1998, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)

On April 30, 1859 , Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about a U.S. military expedition to Paraguay. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1789 George Washington took office in New York as the first president of the United States.

1803 The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France.

1812 Louisiana became the 18th state.

1900 Hawaii was organized as a U.S. territory.

1900 A legend was born as engineer John Luther ''Casey'' Jones of the Illinois Central Railroad died in a train wreck near Vaughan, Miss., after staying at the controls in an effort to save the passengers.

1939 The New York World's Fair, billed as a look at ''the world of tomorrow,'' opened.

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

1947 President Harry S. Truman signed a measure changing the name of Boulder Dam to Hoover Dam.

1970 President Richard Nixon announced the United States was sending troops into Cambodia.

1993 Top-ranked women's tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by a man who ran onto the court during a match in Hamburg, Germany.

1997 ABC aired the ''coming out'' episode of the sitcom ''Ellen,'' in which the title character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, admitted she is a lesbian.

2001 Chandra Levy, a federal government intern, went missing. Her remains were found more than a year later in a Washington, D.C., park.

2003 Mahmoud Abbas took office as the first Palestinian prime minister. International mediators presented Israeli and Palestinian leaders with a ''road map'' to peace.

2003 The U.S. Navy withdrew from its disputed Vieques bombing range in Puerto Rico.

2004 Michael Jackson pleaded not guilty in Santa Maria, Calif., to a grand jury indictment that expanded the child molestation case against him. (He was later acquited.)

2004 Former NBA star Jayson Williams was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter in the shotgun slaying of a limousine driver at his New Jersey mansion, but found guilty of trying to cover up the shooting.

Current Birthdays

Willie Nelson turns 73 years old today.
AP Photo/John Russell Country singer Willie Nelson turns 73 years old today.

80 Cloris Leachman

68 Gary Collins
Talk show host

66 Burt Young

63 Bobby Vee

62 Jill Clayburgh

58 Allan Arkush

58 Perry King

53 Merrill Osmond
Singer (The Osmonds)

52 Jane Campion
Movie director

47 Paul Gross

45 Isiah Thomas
Basketball hall-of-famer

44 Robert Reynolds
Country musician (The Mavericks)

39 Turbo B
Rapper (Snap)

37 Clark Vogeler
Rock musician

35 Chris ''Choc'' Dalyrimple
R&B singer (Soul for Real)

35 Chris Henderson
Rock musician (3 Doors Down)

35 Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Country singer

34 J.R. Richards
Rock singer (Dishwalla)

34 Lisa Dean Ryan

33 Jeff Timmons
R&B singer (98 Degrees)

31 Johnny Galecki

24 Lloyd Banks

24 Kirsten Dunst

22 Tyler Wilkinson
Country singer (The Wilkinsons)

Historic Birthdays

Theodore Schultz
2/26/1902 - 4/30/1998
American economist, Nobel Prize 1979
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68 St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle
4/30/1651 - 4/7/1719
French philanthropist and founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools

87 David Thompson
4/30/1770 - 2/10/1857
English explorer and fur trader in western Canada and the United States

82 Eugen Bleuler
4/30/1857 - 7/15/1939
Swiss psychiatrist; pioneered study of schizophrenics

86 John Crowe Ransom
4/30/1888 - 7/4/1974
American poet and critic

53 Joachim von Ribbentrop
4/30/1893 - 10/16/1946
German foreign minister under the Nazi regime (1933-45)

84 Simon Kuznets
4/30/1901 - 7/8/1985
Russian-born American Nobel Prize-winning economist and statistician

82 Eve Arden
4/30/1908 - 11/12/1990
American radio and television actress

82 Vermont Royster
4/30/1914 - 7/22/1996
American journalist and editor of The Wall Street Journal

83 Robert Shaw
4/30/1916 - 1/25/1999
American choral and orchestra conductor

78 Franz Lehar
4/30/1870 - 10/24/1948
Hungarian composer; wrote "The Merry Widow"

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