updated 4/30/2006 12:41:01 AM ET 2006-04-30T04:41:01

Today is Sunday, April 30, the 120th day of 2006. There are 245 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 30, 1945, as Russian troops approached his Berlin bunker, Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife of one day, Eva Braun.

On this date:
In 1789, George Washington took office in New York as the first president of the United States.

In 1803, the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $60 million francs, the equivalent of about (U.S.) $15 million.

In 1812, Louisiana became the 18th state of the Union.

In 1900, engineer John Luther “Casey” Jones of the Illinois Central Railroad died in a wreck near Vaughan, Miss., after staying at the controls in an effort to save the passengers.

In 1904, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition opened in St. Louis.

In 1939, the New York World’s Fair officially opened.

In 1945, “Arthur Godfrey Time” made its debut on the CBS radio network.

In 1970, President Nixon announced the U.S. was sending troops into Cambodia, an action that sparked widespread protest.

In 1973, President Nixon announced the resignations of top aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, along with Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst and White House counsel John Dean.

In 1975, the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces.

Ten years ago: President Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres signed an accord in Washington extending U.S. help to Israel in countering terrorism.

Five years ago: California businessman Dennis Tito arrived at the international space station aboard a Russian spacecraft. Intern Chandra Levy was last seen at a health club near her apartment in Washington, D.C., before vanishing. (Her body was found in a Washington park in May 2002, but the circumstances of her disappearance and death remain a mystery).

One year ago: Missing Georgia woman Jennifer Wilbanks turned up in Albuquerque, N.M., originally claiming to have been abducted but then admitting she was a “runaway bride.” Vietnam marked the 30th anniversary of the war’s end. James Toney outpointed John Ruiz to win the WBA heavyweight title in New York.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Cloris Leachman is 80. Singer Willie Nelson is 73. Actor Gary Collins is 68. Actor Burt Young is 66. Singer Bobby Vee is 63. Actress Jill Clayburgh is 62. Movie director Allan Arkush is 58. Actor Perry King is 58. Singer Merrill Osmond is 53. Movie director Jane Campion is 52. Actor Paul Gross is 47. Basketball executive Isiah Thomas is 45. Country musician Robert Reynolds (The Mavericks) is 44. Rapper Turbo B (Snap) is 39. Rock musician Clark Vogeler is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chris “Choc” Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is 35. Rock musician Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down) is 35. Country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson is 35. Rock singer J.R. Richards (Dishwalla) is 34. Actress Lisa Dean Ryan is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) is 33. Actor Johnny Galecki is 31. Rapper Lloyd Banks is 24. Actress Kirsten Dunst is 24. Country singer Tyler Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) is 22.

Thought for Today: “In America, getting on in the world means getting out of the world we have known before.” — Ellery Sedgwick, American editor (1872-1960).

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