Today in History: April 30

Today in History: April 30

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0313

Licinius unifies the whole of the eastern Roman Empire under his own rule.

1250

King Louis IX of France is ransomed.

1527

Henry VIII of England and King Francis of France sign the Treaty of Westminster.

1563

All Jews are expelled from France by order of Charles VI.

1725

Spain withdraws from the Quadruple Alliance.

1789

George Washington is inaugurated as the first U.S. president.

1803

The United States doubles in size through the Louisiana Purchase, which was sold by France for $15 million.

1812

Louisiana is admitted into the Union as a state.

1849

Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian patriot and guerrilla leader, repulses a French attack on Rome.

1864

Work begins on the Dams along the Red River, which will allow Union General Nathaniel Banks' troops to sail over the rapids above Alexandria, Louisiana.

1930

The Soviet Union proposes a military alliance with France and Great Britain.

1931

The George Washington Bridge, linking New York City and New Jersey, opens.

1943

The British submarine HMS Seraph drops 'the man who never was,' a dead man the British planted with false invasion plans, into the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain.

1945

Adolf Hitler commits suicide in his bunker. Karl Donitz becomes his successor.

1968

U.S. Marines attack a division of North Vietnamese troops in the village of Dai Do.

1970

U.S. troops invade Cambodia to disrupt North Vietnamese Army base areas.

1972

The North Vietnamese launch an invasion of the South.

1973

President Richard Nixon announces the resignation of Harry Robbins Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and other top aides.

1975

North Vietnamese troops enter the Independence Palace of South Vietnam in Saigon ending the Vietnam War.

1980

Terrorists seize the Iranian Embassy in London.