#TodayInHistory – April 302 min read
April 30 – Some important events on this day
311 👉🏼 Roman Emperor Galerius issues Edict of Toleration, ending persercution of Christians in the Roman Empire
711 👉🏼 Islamic conquest of Iberia: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn-Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andalus)
1349 👉🏼 Jewish community of Radolfzell, Germany, exterminated
1492 👉🏼 Christopher Columbus is given royal commission by Spanish monarchs Isabella I and Ferdinand II to equip his fleet to the New World
1562 👉🏼 1st French colonists in North America: Jean Ribault & colonists arrive in Florida
1722 👉🏼 Game of Billiards is mentioned in New England Courant 🎱
1789 👉🏼 George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America 🇺🇸
1859 👉🏼 Charles Dickens’ “A Tale Of Two Cities” is first published in literary periodical “All the Year Round” (weekly installments until Nov 26)
1888 👉🏼 Moradabad hailstorm: hail stones allegedly as big as oranges kill 246 people and some 1600 sheep and cattle in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh ☔️
1904 👉🏼 Ice cream cone makes its debut 🍦
1905 👉🏼 First official soccer game between neighbouring countries Belgium-Netherlands; Dutch win, 4-1 at Olympic Stadium, Antwerp
1907 👉🏼 Honolulu, Hawaii becomes an independent city.
1927 👉🏼 The first federal prison for women opens in West Virginia
1934 👉🏼 Austria gets “Austrian facist” constitution 🇦🇹
1945 👉🏼 Red Army opens attack on German Reichstag building in Berlin
1952 👉🏼 Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television 🥔
1967 👉🏼 Ostankino Tower, the then highest free-standing structure in the world at 540m is finished in Moscow, Russia.
When it was built, the tower overtook the Empire State Building to become the tallest free-standing building in the world. It remains today the second tallest at 1,771 feet (540 metres) and has been the tallest structure in Europe for over 50 years.
Designed by Russian engineer Nikolai Nikitin, the tower was built to commemorate the October Revolution. Named after the area in which it stands in Moscow it also serves as a radio and television tower. Now also a major tourist attraction, the tower contains an observation deck and a restaurant.
1989 👉🏼 World Wide Web (WWW) is first launched in the public domain by CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee
1997 👉🏼 Big Ben stops at 12:11 pm for 54 minutes 🕰
2009 👉🏼 Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy 🚗
2012 👉🏼 Manchester City defeat Manchester United 1-0 in what is claimed to be the biggest match in the English Premier League’s history ⚽️