On This Day for 30th March

Historical Events

  • 240 BC 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
  • 1856 Russia signs Peace of Paris, ending the Crimean War
  • 1867 US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre - Seward's Folly)
  • 1870 15th Amendment to the US constitution is adopted, guarantees right to vote regardless of race
  • 1959 Dalai Lama flees China and is granted political asylum in India
  • 1972 Northern Ireland's Government and Parliament dissolved by the British Government and 'direct rule' from Westminster is introduced

Did You Know?

Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" sells for a record 22.5 million pounds ($39.7 million)

On March 30th, 1987

Famous Weddings

  • 1940 Broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite weds Mary Elizabeth Maxwell at the Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
  • 1946 Actress Doris Day (21) weds saxophonist George Weidler
  • 1997 Rapper Vanilla Ice (29) weds Laura Giarritta
  • 2007 "Little Big Town" singer-guitarist Phillip Sweet (33) weds Rebecca Arthur at Cedarvine Manor in Lebanon, Tennessee
  • 2013 ER actor Mekhi Phifer (38) weds long time girlfriend Reshelet Barnes at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

Famous Divorces

  • 2004 "Alias" actress Jennifer Garner (30) divorces actor Scott Foley (30) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly 4 years of marriage