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On this day in history - March 30

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.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
March 30

  • 1968 Celine Dion

    Canadian singer-songwriter

  • 1962 MC Hammer

    American rapper, actor

  • 1945 Eric Clapton

    English singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer

  • 1853 Vincent van Gogh

    Dutch painter

  • 1432 Mehmed the Conqueror

    Ottoman sultan

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Deaths On This Day,
March 30

  • 2002 Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

  • 1986 James Cagney

    American actor

  • 1984 Karl Rahner

    German theologian

  • 1925 Rudolf Steiner

    Austrian philosopher, educator

  • 1912 Karl May

    German author