April 30

1803

France sold Louisiana and adjoining lands to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

1812

Louisiana became the 18th state in the United States.

1939

U.S. commercial television made its official debut at the New York World’s Fair.The signal was transmitted from the Empire State Building.

1945

Adolf Hitler and his newly married mistress Eva Braun committed suicide.

1948

The Organization of American States held its first meeting in Bogotá, Colombia.

1975

The Vietnam War ended with South Vietnam's surrender to North Vietnam.

1991

Over 131,000 were killed and as many as 9 million left homeless when a cyclone struck Bangladesh.

2003

Libya accepted responsibility for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

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