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On this day: April 30

POSTED: 05:40 PM CDT Apr 29, 2013    UPDATED: 01:00 AM CDT Apr 30, 2015 

George Washington is inaugurated as the first U.S. president, the Louisiana Purchase is completed, Adolf Hitler commits suicide, "The Cosby Show" airs its final episode, and Chrysler declares bankruptcy, all on this day.

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2015: Soul singer Ben E. King, perhaps best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me," dies of natural causes at age 76 in Hackensack, New Jersey.


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