March 30


1842 – Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while his patient was anesthetized with ether.

1858 – Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia, PA patented the pencil.

1867 – The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million (about 2 cents per acre) by U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward.

1870 – The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by Congress.

1870 – Texas was readmitted to the Union following Reconstruction.

1880 – The Grand Rapids Electric Light and Power Company was incorporated in Grand Rapids, MI.

1909 – The Queensboro Bridge in New York opened linking Manhattan and Queens. It was the first double decker bridge.

1909 – In Oklahoma, Seminole Indians revolted against meager pay for government jobs.

1939 – The comic book “Detective Comics #27” appeared on newsstands. The comic introduced Batman.

1950 – The invention of the phototransistor was announced.

1964 – The television game show “Jeopardy” debuted on NBC. It was originally hosted by Art Fleming. It has become the longest running game show.

1964 – John Glenn withdrew from the Ohio race for the Senate because of injuries suffered in a fall.

1970 – The television soap opera “Another World – Somerset” debuted on NBC.

1978 – U2, a group of four schoolboys from Dublin, won a talent contest sponsored by the Guinness brewery.

1981 – President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest and wounded outside a Washington, DC hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady were also wounded.

1982 – The Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-3) completed its third and longest test flight after 8 days in space.

1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” was bought for $39.85 million.

1988 – The movie “Beetlejuice”, directed by Tim Burton, opened in theaters.

1993 – In the “Peanuts” comic strip, Charlie Brown hit his first home run.

1998 – Rolls-Royce was purchased by BMW in a $570 million deal.

1999 – An Oregon jury orders Philip Morris to pay $81 million to the family of a lung cancer victim.

2004 – Michael Jackson’s teenage accuser testifies to the grand jury investigating the child molestation case against Jackson.

2009 – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed that the new World Trade Center building would be officially known by its legal name of “One World Trade Center”.



Peter Marshall 1926 – Game show host (“Hollywood Squares”)

John Astin 1930 – Actor (TV’s “Addams Family”)

Rolf Harris 1930 – Singer (“Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport”)

Warren Beatty 1937 – Actor (“Bonnie and Clyde”, “Heaven Can Wait”, “Reds”, “Bugsy”)

Astrud Gilberto 1940 – Singer (“The Girl from Ipanema”)

Graeme Edge 1941 – Musician (The Moody Blues)

Bobby Wright 1942 – Country singer

Eric Clapton 1945 – Musician (The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos)

Jim Dandy Mangrum 1948 – Musician (Black Oak Arkansas)

Lene Lovich 1949 – Singer ( “Lucky Number”)

Robbie Coltrane 1950 – Actor (“Harry Potter” films, “GoldenEye”, “The World Is Not Enough”)

Paul Reiser 1957 – Actor, comedian (TV’s “Mad About You”, movie “Diner”)

M.C. Hammer 1962 – Rapper (“U Can’t Touch This”)

Tracy Chapman 1964 – Singer (“Fast Car”, “Give Me One Reason”)

Ian Ziering 1964 – Actor (TV’s “The Beverly Hills 90210”, “Sharknado”, “Dancing With the Stars”)

Piers Morgan 1965 – TV host, judge (“Britain’s Got Talent”)

Donna D’Errico 1968 – Actress, Playboy Playmate (TV’s “Baywatch”)

Celine Dion 1968 – Singer (“My Heart Will Go On”)

Mark Consuelos 1971 – Actor (TV’s “All My Children”)

Norah Jones 1979 – Musician

Jason Dohring 1982 – Actor (TV’s “Veronica Mars”)



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