1. On April 30, 1927, the small town of Shambaugh, Iowa was struck by a devastating tornado that killed nine people and left many more injured. The tornado was one of several that hit Iowa that day and is still remembered as one of the worst natural disasters to hit the state.
2. April 30, 1934 saw the birth of filmmaker and movie producer, Roger Corman, in Detroit, Michigan. Although not an Iowa native, Corman has strong ties to the state, having studied engineering at Stanford before attending law school at the University of Iowa. Corman is best known for his work in the horror and sci-fi genres and has been credited with launching the careers of countless actors and filmmakers.
3. Iowa made national news on April 30, 1952 when the town of Winterset was hit by a powerful tornado that killed two people and destroyed countless homes and businesses. The tornado was part of a larger outbreak that swept through the Midwest that year and is still considered one of the deadliest and most damaging in Iowa's history.
4. On April 30, 1975, one of Iowa's most famous sons, actor and comedian, Andy Kaufman, appeared on the premiere episode of the television show, "Saturday Night Live". Kaufman's eccentric style and unusual sense of humor made him a hit on the show and helped launch his career in Hollywood.
5. April 30, 2013 saw the signing of a landmark anti-bullying bill in Iowa, making it one of the first states in the country to implement comprehensive measures to combat bullying in schools. The law requires schools to take a more proactive approach to bullying prevention and provides guidelines for reporting, investigation, and discipline in bullying cases.
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