Today in History
March 30

1492King 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.
1858Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patents the pencil with an eraser attached on one end.
1867Russian 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.
1870The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, passes.
1885Texas is the last Confederate state readmitted to the Union.
1885In Afghanistan, Russian troops inflict a crushing defeat on Afghan forces Ak Teppe despite orders not to fight.
1909The Queensboro Bridge in New York opens. It is the first double decker bridge and links Manhattan and Queens.
1916Mexican bandit Pancho Villa kills 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.
1936Britain announces a naval construction program of 38 warships. This is the largest construction program in 15 years.
1941The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel begins its first offensive against British forces in Libya.
1943Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration, Oklahoma, opens on Broadway.
1944The U.S. fleet attacks Palau, near the Philippines.
1945The Red Army advances into Austria.
1946The Allies seize 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.
1950President Harry S Truman denounces Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
1957Tunisia and Morocco sign a friendship treaty in Rabat.
1972Hanoi launches its heaviest attack in four years, crossing the DMZ.
1975As the North Vietnamese forces move toward Saigon, desperate South Vietnamese soldiers mob rescue jets.
1981President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded in Washington, D.C. by John W. Hinkley Jr.
1987Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers is bought for $39.85 million.

Born on March 30
1719Sir John Hawkins, author of the first history of music.
1820Anna Sewell, English novelist (Black Beauty).
1853Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch impressionist artist.
1880Sean O'Casey, Irish playwright.
1883Jo Davidson, American sculptor.

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