Friday, March 30. One more day until Kentucky v. Louisville. Can’t wait.
So, what happened today in years past?
1822 – The Florida Territory is created in the United States.
1855 – Origins of the American Civil War: Bleeding Kansas – “Border Ruffians” from Missouri invade Kansas and force election of a pro-slavery legislature.
1867 – Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2 cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward.
1870 – Texas is readmitted to the Union following Reconstruction.
1909 – The Queensboro Bridge opens, linking Manhattan and Queens.
1910 – The Mississippi Legislature founds The University of Southern Mississippi.
1944 – World War II: Allied bombers conduct their most severe bombing run on Sofia, Bulgaria.
1944 – Allied bombing raid on Nuremberg. Along the English eastern coast 795 aircraft are despatched, including 572 Lancasters, 214 Halifaxes and 9 Mosquitos. The bombers meet resistance at the coasts of Belgium and theNetherlands from German fighters. In total, 95 bombers are lost, making it the largest Bomber Command loss of World War II.
1961 – The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed in New York City.
1965 – Vietnam War: A car bomb explodes in front of the US Embassy, Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.
1972 – Vietnam War: The Easter Offensive begins after North Vietnamese forces cross into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) of South Vietnam.
1981 – President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.
1982 – Space Shuttle program: STS-3 Mission is completed with the landing of Columbia at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
1853 – Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter (d. 1890)
1937 – Warren Beatty, American actor and director
1945 – Eric Clapton, British guitarist
1957 – Paul Reiser, American actor
1962 – MC Hammer, American rap musician
1964 – Tracy Chapman, American singer
1964 – Ian Ziering, American actor
1968 – Celine Dion, Canadian singer
1986 – James Cagney, American actor (b. 1899)