2021 March

March 30: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on March 30

March 30th celebrates Pencil Day and Take A Walk In The Park Day.

We made it to day 89 of the year and there’s 276 days left to go until we reach the new year.

If you were born on March 30th, your zodiac sign is Aries.

March isn’t quite over yet, but fear not as you are about to read about some of the most interesting events that happened on this day throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1870, the US adopted the 15th amendment, guaranteeing citizens the right to vote? This news was met with widespread celebrations.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about March 30th in history!

What Happened On March 30 In History?

2017

North Carolina repealed its controversial bathroom law that restricted transgender use.

Source CNN
2001

Swimmer Michael Phelps smashed the world record for the 200 meter butterfly swim at just 15 years old.

He swam an impressive 1:54.58 and held the record for 18 years.
1987

Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting “Sunflowers” was sold for an incredible $39.7 million, the most ever paid for a painting.

OTD in 1987: Vincent van Gogh's famous painting "Sunflowers" was sold for an incredible $39.7 million
Source LA Times
1984

A police detective offered to split a lottery ticket with his regular waitress at a pizzeria in Yonkers, NY. She ended up with a $3 million tip!

Robert Cunningham initially made the offer as a joke but the waitress played along and they each picked 3 numbers. The next weekend Cunningham entered with the winning ticket of a $6 million jackpot.
Source Snopes
1981

Someone tried to shoot President Ronald Reagan.

John Hinckley Jr. and wounded the president and three others. His belief was that by killing the president it would impress actress Jodie Foster.
1959

The Dalai Lama received political asylum in India after fleeing from China.

1939

The Heinkel He 100 fighter set a world airspeed record of 463 mph (745 km/h).

The He 100 was a German pre-World War II fighter aircraft design from Heinkel.
1870

The US adopted the 15th amendment, guaranteeing citizens the right to vote.

The amendment reads: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
Source Politico
1867

The United States bought Alaska from the Russian Empire.

OTD in 1867: The United States bought Alaska from the Russian Empire.
Dubbed "Stewart's Folly" by the press, the US paid $7.2 million USD which worked out at about 2 cents per acre of land!
1858

Hyman Lipman patented the pencil with an eraser on top.

His patent included a metal ferrule to keep the eraser in place.
1796

German mathematician Carl Friedrich constructed the first heptadecagon using a ruler and a compass.

Did you know that on this day, March 30th 1870, the US adopted the 15th amendment, guaranteeing citizens the right to vote?