Friday, March 30, 2012

30th of March

It is the 89th day of the year, with only 276 days remaining.

1822 - The Florida Territory is created in the United States.

1842 - Anesthesia is used for the first time, in an operation by the American surgeon Dr. Crawford Long.

1855 - "Border Ruffians" from Missouri invade Kansas and force the election of a pro-slavery legislature.

1867 - Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2 cents an acre, by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward.

1870 - Texas is readmitted to the Union following Reconstruction.

1939 - The German Heinkel He 100 fighter, sets a world airspeed record of 463 mph.

1949 - When Iceland decides to join NATO, a riot breaks out in Austurvollur square in Reykjavik.

1965 - A car bomb explodes in front of the US Embassy, Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.

1972 - The Easter Offensive begins after North Vietnamese forces cross into the Demilitarized Zone of South Vietnam.

1981 - President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.  Regan and three others were shot and wounded, and the President survives with only a punctured lung.

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