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Today In History [30th March, 2015]



1492 King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella sign a
decree expelling all Jews from Spain.
1840 “Beau” Brummell, the English dandy and
former favorite of the prince regent, dies in
a French lunatic asylum for paupers.
1858 Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patents
the pencil with an eraser attached on one
1867 Russian Baron Stoeckl and U.S. Secretary
of State Seward completed the draft of a
treaty ceding Alaska to the United States.
The treaty is signed the following day.
1870 The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the
right to vote regardless of race, passes.
1870 President U.S. Grant signs bill readmitting
Texas to the Union, the last Confederate
state readmitted.
1885 In Afghanistan, Russian troops inflict a
crushing defeat on Afghan forces Ak
Teppe despite orders not to fight.
1909 The Queensboro Bridge in New York
opens. It is the first double decker bridge
and links Manhattan and Queens.
1916 Mexican bandit Pancho Villa kills 172 at
the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.
1936 Britain announces a naval construction
program of 38 warships. This is the
largest construction program in 15 years.
1941 The German Afrika Korps under General
Erwin Rommel begins its first offensive
against British forces in Libya.
1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first
collaboration, Oklahoma , opens on
1944 The U.S. fleet attacks Palau, near the
1945 The Red Army advances into Austria.
1946 The Allies seize 1,000 Nazis attempting to
revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.
1950 President Harry S Truman denounces
Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of
U.S. foreign policy.
1957 Tunisia and Morocco sign a friendship
treaty in Rabat.
1972 Hanoi launches its heaviest attack in four
years, crossing the DMZ.
1975 As the North Vietnamese forces move
toward Saigon, desperate South
Vietnamese soldiers mob rescue jets.
1981 President Ronald Reagan is shot and
wounded in Washington, D.C. by John W.
Hinkley Jr.
1987 Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers is bought
for $39.85 million.
Born on March 30
1719 Sir John Hawkins, author of the first
history of music.
1820 Anna Sewell, English novelist (Black
1853 Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch impressionist
1880 Sean O’Casey, Irish playwright.
1883 Jo Davidson, American sculptor.

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