What Happened on March 30

Significant Events

  • 240 BC 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
  • 1856 Russia signs the Treaty 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
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March 30 in Film & TV

  • 1981 "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson and starring Ben Cross and Ian Charleson premieres at a Royal Command Film Performance (Best Picture 1982)

March 30 in Music

March 30 in Sport

Did You Know?

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

On March 30, 1987

Would You Believe?

World's most valuable tip - New York police detective Robert Cunningham offers waitress Phyllis Penzo half of $1 lottery ticket, next day they win $6 million

On March 30, 1984

Famous Weddings

  • 1940 Broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite weds Mary Elizabeth Maxwell at the Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
  • 1946 Actress Doris Day (23) 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
  • 2016 Comedian Rosie O'Donnell and marketing executive Kelli O'Donnell divorce after 3 years of marriage
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