Today April 30

1803, Envoys from President Jefferson, Robert Livingston and James Monroe, sign the Louisiana Purchase Treaty, buying the territory from the French for $15 million.

1945, Berlin. Adolf Hitler escapes the long drop and short rope of justice that many of the rest of the Nazi’s got, when he blows his brains out.

1975. Saigon.  The city falls to forces of North Vietnam’s Peoples Army, effectively ending the Vietnam War.