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Today In History

Here is what happened
on Thursday - March 30th...

History,  n.  One darn thing after another.

      Famous People Born On This Day In History...

1719Sir John Hawkins, wrote first history of music in English.
      Today, this person is/would be 298 years old.
1853Vincent van Gogh, artist who always lent an ear.
      Today, this person is/would be 164 years old.
1913Frankie Lane, singer
      Today, this person is/would be 104 years old.
1937Warren Beatty, actor.
      Today, this person is/would be 80 years old.
1945Eric Clapton, singer, songwriter, guitar player.
      Today, this person is/would be 72 years old.
1956Paul Reiser, actor, "Mad About You".
      Today, this person is/would be 61 years old.
1968Celine Dion, Canadian singer, in Charlemagne, Quebec.
      Today, this person is/would be 49 years old.

      Events On This Day In History...

317BCE. Phocion, the great Athenian general and statesman, dies at an approximate age of 85. He was noted for his frankness, as when he was loudly acclaimed by a crowd, he asked an associate, "What asininity have I uttered that they applaud me so?"
240BCE. First recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
1282The people of Sicily rebel against the Angevin king Charles I, in what becomes known as the Sicilian Vespers.
1296Edward I sacks Berwick-upon-Tweed, during armed conflict between Scotland and England.
1492Ferdinand and Isabella sign the Alhambra decree aimed at expelling all Jews from Spain unless they convert to Roman Catholicism.
1533Thomas Cranmer becomes Archbishop of Canterbury. He is eventually burned at the stake for heresy.
1533Henry VIII divorces his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.
1814Napoleonic Wars: Sixth Coalition forces march into Paris.
1822Florida Territory created in the United States.
1842Anesthesia is used for the first time in an operation by Dr. Crawford Long.
1844One of the most important battles of the Dominican War of Independence from Haiti takes place near the city of Santiago de los Caballeros.
1856The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Crimean War.
1858Hymen Lipman patents a pencil with an attached eraser.
1863Danish prince Wilhelm Georg is chosen as King George of Greece.
1867Alaska is purchased for $7.2 million, about 2 cent/acre ($4.19/kmē), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward. The news media of the day call it Seward's Folly.
1870The 15th Amendment to the US constitution passes, guarantees right to vote regardless of race.
1870Texas is readmitted to the Union following Reconstruction.
1901The Supreme Court of Canada rules that marriages of Catholics by Protestant clergymen are legal.
1909The Queensboro Bridge opens, linking the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Queens.
1910Mississippi Legislature founded The University of Southern Mississippi.
1912Sultan Abdelhafid signs the Treaty of Fez, making Morocco a French protectorate.
1932Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to make solo crossing of the Atlantic.
1939The Heinkel He 100 fighter sets the world airspeed record of 463 mph.
1939First flight of the Australian C.A.C. CA-16 Wirraway.
1940Sino-Japanese War: Japan declares Nanking to be the capital of a new Chinese puppet government, nominally controlled by Wang Ching-wei.
1945World War II: Soviet Union forces invade Austria and take Vienna, Polish and Soviet forces liberate Gdan'sk.
1945World War II: a defecting German pilot delivers a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1 to Americans.
1951Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau.
1954Canada's first subway opens, the Yonge Street subway in downtown Toronto, after five years of construction.
1961The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed at New York.
1968General Ludvik Svoboda elected president of Czechoslovakia.
1972In Halifax, Nova Scotia, the last daily rum ration is issued to Canadian naval personnel.
1981President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.
1983The 5-day workweek and 8-hour day are officially established in Greece.
1997Television channel Five (TV) is launched by the Spice Girls as the fifth British terrestrial TV channel.
2006Marcos Pontes is the first Brazilian astronaut in space.
2011After 300 years in Sweden, the oldest copy of Codex Holmiensis, dating from 1280, is returned to Denmark.

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