April 30

This Day in History

1945

Hitler commits suicide

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler commits suicide. Before beginning his assault on Europe, Hitler had assured his followers that the Third Reich would last 1,000 years. Twelve years later, in the closing weeks … (more...)

1945

The Death of Adolf Hitler

During April 1945 Germany’s Third Reich was collapsing amidst apocalyptic scenes as invading Russian, British and American forces progressively tightened their grip on the capital city of … (more...)

1883

Manet Dies

On this day in 1883, the immensely influential French painter Edouard Manet died in his native Paris. He is today considered one of the most important painters in history and his masterpieces are … (more...)

1006

Brightest Supernova in History Appears

On this day in 1006, Supernova SN 1006, the brightest supernova in recorded history, appeared in the constellation Lupus. It was an incredible 7,200 light years away from Earth and illuminated the sky … (more...)