On This Day

What Happened on March 30, 1981

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson and starring Ben Cross and Ian Charleson premieres at a Royal Command Film Performance (Best Picture 1982)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

43rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats North Carolina, 63-50; Hoosiers' future Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas is named Tournament Most Outstanding Player

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas

Assassination AttemptRonald Reagan is Shot

US President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded in an assassination attempt by John Hinckley Jr.; three others are also wounded
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The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981

Famous Deaths

  • Dewitt Wallace, US founder (Reader's Digest), dies at 91
  • Noel Harford, New Zealand cricketer (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), dies at 50