What Happened On This Day – March 30
1981 U.S. President Ronald Reagan is shot
A lone gunman opened fire outside a hotel in Washington D.C. The mentally ill assassin claimed his only motive was to become famous.
1976 Thousands of Palestinians protest against Israel's massive land expropriation
In the event, which is annually commemorated on Land Day, 6 protesters were killed and scores injured by Israeli police.
1964 Jeopardy! is aired for the first time
The program, which is still on the air today, is one of the world's most popular game shows.
1867 The United States buys Alaska from Russia
The territory at the north-western tip of North America cost only $7.2 million.
1865 The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Crimean War
Russia lost the war to a coalition of the Ottoman Empire, France, Britain, and Sardinia.
Births On This Day – March 30
1968 Celine Dion
1962 MC Hammer
American rapper, actor
1945 Eric Clapton
English singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
1853 Vincent van Gogh
1432 Mehmed the Conqueror
Deaths On This Day – March 30
2002 Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
1986 James Cagney
1984 Karl Rahner
1925 Rudolf Steiner
Austrian philosopher, educator
1912 Karl May