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What Happened On This Day In History?


Monday, March 30th 2020

Today is the 90th day of 2020.  There are 275 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1822
Florida became a U.S. territory.
1842
Dr. Crawford W. Long of Jefferson, Ga., first used ether as an anesthetic during a minor operation.
1867
U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million, a deal roundly ridiculed as ''Seward's Folly.''
1870
The 15th amendment to the Constitution, giving black men the right to vote, was declared in effect.
1870
Texas was readmitted to the Union.
1909
The Queensboro Bridge, linking the New York boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, opened.
1945
The Soviet Union invaded Austria during World War II.
1981
President Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr. Also wounded were White House news secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent and a District of Columbia police officer.
1994
Serbs and Croats signed a cease-fire to end their war in Croatia while Bosnian Muslims and Serbs continued to battle each other.
1995
Pope John Paul II issued the 11th encyclical of his papacy in which he condemned abortion and euthanasia as crimes that no human laws could legitimize.
1998
Rolls-Royce was purchased by German automaker BMW for $570 million.
1999
A jury in Portland, Ore., ordered Philip Morris to pay $81 million to the family of a man who died of lung cancer after smoking Marlboros for four decades.

Notable Deaths

1986
Actor James Cagney died at his farm in Stanfordville, N.Y., at age 86.
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