On This Day in History, March 30

Did you know that on this day in history, the USA purchased Alaska from Russia? Get to learn more historical events of March 30th by reading the highlighted occasions.

  • 1822-Florida became a U.S. territory.
  • 1842-Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while his patient was anesthetized by ether.
  • 1853-Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh, was born on this day.
  • 1858-Hyman L. Lipman patented the pencil.
  • 1865-The Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Crimean War.
  • 1867-The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
  • 1909-The Queensboro bridge in New York opened, linking Manhattan and Queens.
  • 1940-The Japanese set up a puppet government called Manchuko in Nanking, China.
  • 1950-The Invention of the phototransistor was announced.
  • 1964-“Jeopardy” debuted on NBC-TV.
  • 1968-Canadian singer-songwriter, Celine Dion, was born on this day.
  • 1972- The British government assumed direct rule over Northern Ireland.
  • 1976-Thousands of Palestinians protest against Israel’s massive land expropriation.
  • 1981– U.S. President Ronald Reagan was shot at a hotel in Washington, DC.
  • 1984– The U.S. ended its participation in the multinational peace force in Lebanon.
  • 1986-American actor, James Cagney, died on this day.
  • 1987– Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” was bought for $39.85 million.
  • 1998– Rolls-Royce was purchased by BMW in a $570 million deal.
  • 2002– Suspected Islamic militants set off several grenades at a temple in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
  • 2009– The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed that the new World Trade Center building would officially be One World Trade Center.

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