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...
|1719||Sir John Hawkins, wrote first history of music in English.
Today, this person is/would be 298 years old.
|1853||Vincent van Gogh, artist who always lent an ear.
Today, this person is/would be 164 years old.
|1913||Frankie Lane, singer
Today, this person is/would be 104 years old.
|1937||Warren Beatty, actor.
Today, this person is/would be 80 years old.
|1945||Eric Clapton, singer, songwriter, guitar player.
Today, this person is/would be 72 years old.
|1956||Paul Reiser, actor, "Mad About You".
Today, this person is/would be 61 years old.
|1968||Celine Dion, Canadian singer, in Charlemagne, Quebec.
Today, this person is/would be 49 years old.
Events On This Day In History...
| 317||BCE. 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?"|
| 240||BCE. First recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.|
|1282||The people of Sicily rebel against the Angevin king Charles I, in what becomes known as the Sicilian Vespers.|
|1296||Edward I sacks Berwick-upon-Tweed, during armed conflict between Scotland and England.|
|1492||Ferdinand and Isabella sign the Alhambra decree aimed at expelling all Jews from Spain unless they convert to Roman Catholicism.|
|1533||Thomas Cranmer becomes Archbishop of Canterbury. He is eventually burned at the stake for heresy.|
|1533||Henry VIII divorces his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.|
|1814||Napoleonic Wars: Sixth Coalition forces march into Paris.|
|1822||Florida Territory created in the United States.|
|1842||Anesthesia is used for the first time in an operation by Dr. Crawford Long.|
|1844||One of the most important battles of the Dominican War of Independence from Haiti takes place near the city of Santiago de los Caballeros.|
|1856||The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Crimean War.|
|1858||Hymen Lipman patents a pencil with an attached eraser.|
|1863||Danish prince Wilhelm Georg is chosen as King George of Greece.|
|1867||Alaska 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.|
|1870||The 15th Amendment to the US constitution passes, guarantees right to vote regardless of race.|
|1870||Texas is readmitted to the Union following Reconstruction.|
|1901||The Supreme Court of Canada rules that marriages of Catholics by Protestant clergymen are legal.|
|1909||The Queensboro Bridge opens, linking the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Queens.|
|1910||Mississippi Legislature founded The University of Southern Mississippi.|
|1912||Sultan Abdelhafid signs the Treaty of Fez, making Morocco a French protectorate.|
|1932||Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to make solo crossing of the Atlantic. |
|1939||The Heinkel He 100 fighter sets the world airspeed record of 463 mph.|
|1939||First flight of the Australian C.A.C. CA-16 Wirraway.|
|1940||Sino-Japanese War: Japan declares Nanking to be the capital of a new Chinese puppet government, nominally controlled by Wang Ching-wei.|
|1945||World War II: Soviet Union forces invade Austria and take Vienna, Polish and Soviet forces liberate Gdan'sk.|
|1945||World War II: a defecting German pilot delivers a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1 to Americans.|
|1951||Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau.|
|1954||Canada's first subway opens, the Yonge Street subway in downtown Toronto, after five years of construction.|
|1961||The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed at New York.|
|1968||General Ludvik Svoboda elected president of Czechoslovakia. |
|1972||In Halifax, Nova Scotia, the last daily rum ration is issued to Canadian naval personnel.|
|1981||President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.|
|1983||The 5-day workweek and 8-hour day are officially established in Greece.|
|1997||Television channel Five (TV) is launched by the Spice Girls as the fifth British terrestrial TV channel.|
|2006||Marcos Pontes is the first Brazilian astronaut in space.|
|2011||After 300 years in Sweden, the oldest copy of Codex Holmiensis, dating from 1280, is returned to Denmark. |