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March 30: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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

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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 275 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 fun & interesting facts about March 30th in history!

Events

What memorable events happened on March 30 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2017

North Carolina repealed its controversial bathroom law that restricted transgender use.

OTD in 2017: North Carolina repealed its controversial bathroom law that restricted transgender use.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

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

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.

1971

Starbucks first opened its doors in Seattle, Washington, USA.

OTD in 1971: Starbucks first opened its doors in Seattle

Starbucks was founded by Jerry Baldwin, Gordon Bowker, and Zev Siegl, and it initially only sold high-quality coffee beans and not drinks.

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.

1842

Ether was used as an anesthetic for the first time, by American surgeon Crawford Long, in Athens, Georgia.

1796

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

Famous Births

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

Age:

55 years old

Born In:

Quebec, Canada

1991

NF

American

Rapper

NF

Age:

32 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

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

Age:

44 years old

Born In:

New York, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, March 30th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…

1938

2020

Bill Withers

American

Singer

Bill Withers

1938

2020

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.

Died On:

Mar 30, 2020 (Age 81)

Died In:

California, USA

1988

2022

Tom Parker

English

Singer

Tom Parker

1988

2022

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.

Died On:

Mar 30, 2022 (Age 33)

Died In:

England, UK

Quotes

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

1953

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

1939

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

English Filmmaker

1901

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

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

American Writer

Special Holidays

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 Take A Walk In The Park Day
United States

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!

March 30: National Pencil Day
United States

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!

THe Fact Site’s

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.

Birthday & Zodiac

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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