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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.
Florida became a U.S. territory.
Dr. Crawford W. Long of Jefferson, Ga., first used ether as an anesthetic during a minor operation.
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.''
The 15th amendment to the Constitution, giving black men the right to vote, was declared in effect.
Texas was readmitted to the Union.
The Queensboro Bridge, linking the New York boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, opened.
The Soviet Union invaded Austria during World War II.
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.
Serbs and Croats signed a cease-fire to end their war in Croatia while Bosnian Muslims and Serbs continued to battle each other.
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.
Rolls-Royce was purchased by German automaker BMW for $570 million.
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.
Actor James Cagney died at his farm in Stanfordville, N.Y., at age 86.