March 30: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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

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.

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 Events Happened On March 30 In History?

2017 North Carolina repealed its controversial bathroom law that restricted transgender use.


2017 An orbital-class rocket was successfully reused for the first time.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 was used to carry a satellite into near-Earth orbit. What was particularly astounding about this otherwise routine flight was that it re-used the first-stage booster from a previous Falcon 9 flight. The booster is the most expensive part of a Falcon 9, so being able to reuse this was a huge milestone in the history of spaceflight.

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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
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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 three numbers. The following weekend Cunningham entered with the winning ticket of a $6 million jackpot.


1981 Someone tried to shoot President Ronald Reagan.

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

1959 The Dalai Lama received political asylum in India after fleeing from China.

1949 Riots broke out in Iceland when the Icelandic parliament decided to join NATO.

OTD in 1949: Riots broke out in Iceland when the Icelandic parliament decided to join NATO.

What initially started as a peaceful protest quickly turned violent, and the Icelandic police were forced to use tear gas to disperse the unruly mob. Iceland proceeded to join NATO anyway, an act that brought Iceland into the Cold War.

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."


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, 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.

Famous Quotes Said On March 30

Below are the most famous quotes people have said or written on Mar 30th throughout history.


“The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.”

– Albert Einstein


“Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.”

– Alfred Hitchcock


“Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.”

– Mark Twain

Famous People Born On March 30

Is today your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Vincent van Gogh! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

1968 Céline Dion

Canadian Singer

Céline Dion
54 years old
Born In:
Quebec, Canada

1991 NF

American Rapper

31 years old
Born In:
Michigan, USA

1853 Vincent van Gogh

Dutch Painter

Vincent van Gogh
Died On:
Jul 29, 1890 (Age 37)
Born In:
Zundert, Netherlands
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1950 Robbie Coltrane

Scottish Actor

Robbie Coltrane
Died On:
Oct 14, 2022 (Age 72)
Born In:
Scotland, UK

1979 Norah Jones

American Singer

Norah Jones
43 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1988 - 2022 Tom Parker

Tom Parker

Tom Parker was an English singer born on August 4, 1988. He died on this day in 2022, at age 33 in Bromley, London, England, UK.

1938 - 2020 Bill Withers

Bill Withers

Bill Withers was an American singer born on July 4, 1938. He died on this day in 2020, at age 81 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Special Holidays On March 30

Looking for a reason to celebrate? Well, here’s a few! These unique holidays are sure to bring some enjoyment to your day.

March 30: National Pencil Day

National Pencil Day

Sure, pens are cool and all, but pencils are truly where it’s at. There are pencils of every color of the rainbow and lead pencils in every shade imaginable. You can even make watercolors with some types of pencils! So pick up your favorite pencil today and get drawing!

March 30: National Take A Walk In The Park Day

National Take A Walk In The Park Day

There are few better things for your mental health than getting outside and enjoying some fresh air. Take A Walk In The Park Day is the perfect day to take a break from it all, and unwind for a while. So head to the greenest space near you and take a stroll; you might find you enjoy it!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

In the 1980s, Pringles founder, Fredric Baur, requested to be buried in a Pringles can. His children honored the request.

March 30 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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

Aries is the first sign in the zodiac and is represented by the ram. Much like the ram, Arians often dive headfirst into whatever they feel passionate about.

All those born in the month of March have the Aquamarine birthstone. The Aquamarine gem symbolizes rebirth and purity. Its name comes from a Latin word that means “seawater.”

If you were born on this day, it’s likely that you were conceived on July 7 in the previous year.

A baby conceived on this day will likely be due around December 21, 2023.

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