Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Today in History: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr.
Audio LinkPresidential aide Lyn Nofziger briefs reporters; Secretary of State Al Haig: "I am in control here"
AP Photo/Ron Edmonds
On this date in:
1822Florida became a U.S. territory.
1867Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase Alaska for $7.2 million, a deal roundly ridiculed as "Seward's Folly."
1870The 15th amendment to the Constitution, giving black men the right to vote, was declared in effect.
1870Texas was readmitted to the Union.
1945The Soviet Union invaded Austria during World War II.
1964The TV game show "Jeopardy!" premiered on NBC.
1995Pope John Paul II issued an encyclical condemning abortion and euthanasia as crimes that no human laws could legitimize.
1999A jury in Portland, Ore., ordered Philip Morris to pay $81 million to the family of a man who died of lung cancer after smoking Marlboros for four decades.
2002Britain's Queen Mother Elizabeth died at age 101.
AP Photo/Richard Lewis
2006American reporter Jill Carroll, a freelancer for The Christian Science Monitor, was released after 82 days as a hostage in Iraq.
2009President Barack Obama asserted unprecedented government control over the auto industry, rejecting GM and Chrysler's restructuring plans and engineering the ouster of GM's chief executive, Rick Wagoner..
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Warren Beatty turns 79 years old today.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
Peter MarshallGame show host ("Hollywood Squares")90
John AstinActor ("Addams Family")86
Jerry LucasBasketball Hall of Famer76
Robbie ColtraneActor66
Paul ReiserActor, comedian ("Mad About You")59
MC HammerRapper53
Tracy ChapmanRock singer52
Piers MorganTV host51
Celine DionSinger48
Mark ConsuelosActor45
Norah JonesRock singer, musician37
Rock musician Eric Clapton turns 71 years old today.
AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato
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