(Saturday, April 30, 1966, evening PDT) — American folksinger and novelist Richard Fariña, 29, was killed in a motorcycle accident today in Carmel Valley Village, California, after a book-signing party for his first novel, Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me.
Video: 'Vice President Alben W. Barkley's Last Words'
(Monday, April 30, 1956, 5:15 p.m. EST) — Alben W. Barkley, the 35th Vice President of the United States (1949-1953, under President Harry S. Truman), died today of a heart attack today while addressing a student political convention at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He was 78 (click here to watch Barkley’s final speech and the ambulance that took him away for treatment).
(Monday, April 29, 1996, afternoon MST) — TV Land, an American basic cable and satellite television channel, launched today as a 24-hour offshoot of Nickelodeon’s successful nighttime classic television block Nick at Nite.
Video: 'Japanese war criminals go on trial in Tokyo Newsreel PublicDomainFootage.com'
(Monday, April 29, 1946, during the International Military Tribunal for the Far East) — Former Japanese Prime Ministers Hideki Tojo (1941–44), Kiichiro Hiranuma (1939), Koki Hirota (1936–37) and Kuniaki Koiso (1944–45), and 24 co-defendants were indicted today in Tokyo for war crimes, ranging from the murder of thousands of Americans at Pearl Harbor, to conspiracy “to secure military, naval, political and economic domination of the whole world.”
All of the surviving members of Tojo’s cabinet members were included in the 55 count indictment.
Video: 'Real archival footage from 1916 Easter Rising, Dublin'
(Saturday, April 29, 1916) — The Easter Rising armed insurrection in Dublin to push for an end to British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic collapsed today as Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities.
Video: 'Documentary - Port Arthur Massacre' (6 videos)
(Sunday, April 28, 1996, 11:45 a.m. AEST) — A man armed with a semiautomatic rifle went on a rampage today on the Australian island of Tasmania, killing 35 people. Martin Bryant was captured by police after a 12-hour standoff at a guest cottage.