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3/30/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - March 30
Vincent van Gogh'spainting “Sunflowers”
Vincent van Gogh's
painting “Sunflowers”

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Today in History in 1867 the United States bought Alaska from Russia; in 1981 President Reagan was shot and wounded by John W. Hinckley III; Vincent van Gogh was born in 1853; and in 1987 his painting “Sunflowers” sold for a record $39.7 million.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 240 BC - 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
  • 1796 - Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, discovers the construction of the heptadecagon
  • 1856 - Russia signs Peace of Paris, ending the Crimean War
  • 1867 - US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre - Seward's Folly)
  • 1870 - 15th Amendment to the US constitution is adopted, guarantees right to vote regardless of race
  • 1953 - Albert Einstein announces revised unified field theory
  • 1972 - Northern Ireland's Government and Parliament dissolved by the British Government and 'direct rule' from Westminster is introduced
  • 1981 - President Reagan shot & wounded by John W Hinckley III
  • 1987 - Vincent van Goghs "Sunflowers" sells for record 22.5M pounds ($39.7 million)

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1853 - Vincent van Gogh, Groot-Zundert, Netherlands, artist, painter and pioneer of Expressionism (The Potato Eaters, Irises)
  • 1929 - Richard Dysart, Brighton Mass, actor (Leland MacKenzie-LA Law)
  • 1930 - John Astin, Balt Md, actor (I'm Dickens He's Fenster, Addams Family)
  • 1950 - Robbie Coltrane, Scottish actor (Harry Potter films) and comedian, born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire
  • 1957 - Paul Reiser, actor (My 2 Dads, Diner, Aliens, Mad About You), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 - M C Hammer, [Stanley Kirk Burrell], rapper (Hammer Time), born in Oakland, California
  • 1965 - Piers Morgan, editor (Daily Mirror)
  • 1968 - Celine Dion, Quebec Canada, singer (I'm Your Woman)
  • 1979 - Norah Jones, American singer and pianist

Famous Weddings

  • 1940 - Broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite weds Mary Elizabeth Maxwell at the Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
  • 1997 - Rapper Vanilla Ice (29) weds Laura Giarritta
  • 2007 - "Little Big Town" singer-guitarist Phillip Sweet (33) weds Rebecca Arthur at Cedarvine Manor in Lebanon, Tennessee
  • 2013 - ER actor Mekhi Phifer (38) weds long time girlfriend Reshelet Barnes at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

Famous Divorces

  • 2004 - "Alias" actress Jennifer Garner (30) divorces actor Scott Foley (30) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly 4 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1986 - James Cagney, actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies in NY at 86
  • 1992 - Manolis Andronicos, Greek archaeologist who discovered ancient royal Macedonian tombs in northern Greece, dies at 72
  • 2002 - Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother of the United Kingdom, dies at 101
  • 2004 - Michael King, New Zealand historian (b. 1945)
  • 2013 - Phil Ramone, South-African born American music producer, dies from an aortic aneurysm at 79

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