History of 30 March
1903 – Revolutionary activity in the Dominican Republic brought U.S. troops to Santo Domingo to protect American interests.
1905 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was chosen to mediate in the Russo-Japanese peace talks.
1909 – The Queensboro bridge in New York opened linking Manhattan and Queens. It was the first double decker bridge.
1909 – In Oklahoma, Seminole Indians revolted against meager pay for government jobs.
1916 – Pancho Villa killed 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.
1936 – Britain announced a naval construction program of 38 warships.
1939 – The comic book “Detective Comics #27” appeared on newstands. This comic introduced Batman.
1940 – The Japanese set up a puppet government called Manchuko in Nanking, China.
1941 – The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel began its first offensive against British forces in Libya.
1944 – The U.S. fleet attacked Palau, near the Philippines.
1945 – The U.S.S.R. invaded Austria during World War II.
1946 – The Allies seized 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.
1947 – Lord Mountbatten arrived in India as the new Viceroy.
1950 – The invention of the phototransistor was announced.
1950 – U.S. President Truman denounced Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
1957 – Tunisia and Morocco signed a friendship treaty in Rabat.
1958 – The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave its initial performance.
1964 – “Jeopardy” debuted on NBC-TV.
1964 – John Glenn withdrew from the Ohio race for U.S. Senate because of injuries suffered in a fall.
1970 – “Applause” opened on Broadway.
1970 – “Another World – Somerset” debuted on NBC-TV.
1972 – The British government assumed direct rule over Northern Ireland.
1972 – The Eastertide Offensive began when North Vietnamese troops crossed into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the northern portion of South Vietnam.
1975 – As the North Vietnamese forces moved toward Saigon South Vietnamese soldiers mob rescue jets in desperation.
1981 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington, DC, by John W. Hinckley Jr. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady were also wounded.
1982 – The space shuttle Columbia completed its third and its longest test flight after 8 days in space.
1984 – The U.S. ended its participation in the multinational peace force in Lebanon.
1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” was bought for $39.85 million.
1993 – In Sarajevo, two Serb militiamen were sentenced to death for war crimes committed in Bosnia.
1993 – In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown hit his first home run.
1994 – Serbs and Croats signed a cease-fire to end their war in Croatia while Bosnian Muslims and Serbs continued to fight each other.
1998 – Rolls-Royce was purchased by BMW in a $570 million deal.
2002 – An unmanned U.S. spy plan crashed at sea in the Southern Philippines.
2002 – Suspected Islamic militants set off several grenades at a temple in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Four civilians, four policemen, and two attackers were killed and 20 people were injured.
2009 – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed that the new World Trade Center building would be officially known by its legal name of “One World Trade Center.
2017 – SpaceX conducts the world’s first flight of an orbital class rocket.
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1981 – Jammal Brown, American football player
- 1981 – Andrea Masi, Italian rugby player
- 1982 – Mark Hudson, English footballer
- 1982 – Philippe Mexes, French footballer
- 1982 – Javier Portillo, Spanish footballer
- 1982 – Jason Dohring, American actor
- 1983 – Jeremie Aliadiere, French footballer
- 1984 – Mario Ancic, a Croatian tennis player
- 1984 – Samantha Stosur, an Australian tennis player
- 1985 – Giacomo Ricci, Italian racing driver
- 1986 – Sergio Ramos, Spanish footballer
- 1987 – Trent Barreta, American wrestler
- 1987 – Calum Elliot, Scottish footballer
- 1987 – Kwok Kin Pong, Hong Kong footballer
- 1987 – Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1988 – Will Matthews, Australian rugby league player
- 1988 – Thanasis Papazoglou, Greek footballer
- 1988 – Richard Sherman, American football player
- 1988 – Larisa Yurkiw, Canadian alpine skier
- 1989 – Chris Sale, American baseball player
- 1989 – Joao Sousa, a Portuguese tennis player
- 1990 – Michal Brezina, Czech figure skater
- 1992 – Palak Muchhal, Indian playback singer
- 1993 – Anita, Brazilian singer, and entertainer
- 1994 – Jetro Willems, Dutch footballer
- 1998 – Kalyn Ponga, Australian rugby league player
- 2000 – Colton Herta, American race car driver