Today in history (Mar. 30)

Today is Wednesday, March 30, the 89th day of 2022. This is today in history.

Local news

  • In 2013, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallen said yes to legislation that would allow a horse slaughtering facility in the state.
  • In 2014, Fletcher Ford donated seven different Ford models to test drives and the dealership donated $20 each time a car was driven. All proceeds went to Joplin Project Graduation.
  • In 2016, a bill aiming to shed light on suicide in schools passed through the Kansas House of Representatives.

World news

  • In 1842, Dr. Crawford W. Long of Jefferson, Georgia, first used ether as an anesthetic during an operation to remove a patient’s neck tumor.
  • In 2017,  Twitter said it was easing its 140-character limit in replies.
  • In 2020, Florida authorities arrested a megachurch pastor after they said he held two Sunday services with hundreds in attendance in violation of coronavirus restrictions.

Entertainment

  • In 1923, the Cunard liner RMS Laconia became the first passenger ship to circle the globe as it arrived in New York.
  • In 1987, at the 59th Academy Awards, “Platoon” was named best picture.
  • In 2015, Comedy Central announced that Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa, would succeed Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show.”

Politics

  • In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached an agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million, a deal ridiculed by critics as “Seward’s Folly.”
  • In 1870, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited denying citizens the right to vote and hold office on the basis of race, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Hamilton Fish.
  • In 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr.

Birthdays

Game show host Peter Marshall is 96. Actor John Astin is 92. Actor-director Warren Beatty is 85. Rock musician Eric Clapton is 77. Actor Justin Deas is 74. Actor Paul Reiser is 66. Rap artist MC Hammer is 60. Singer Tracy Chapman is 58. Actor Ian Ziering (EYE’-an ZEER’-ing) is 58. TV personality Piers Morgan is 57. Rock musician Joey Castillo is 56. Actor Donna D’Errico is 54. Singer Celine Dion is 54. TV personality/producer Richard Rawlings is 53. Actor Mark Consuelos is 51. Actor Bahar Soomekh is 47. Actor Jessica Cauffiel is 46. Singer Norah Jones is 43. Actor Fiona Gubelmann is 42. Actor Katy Mixon is 41. Actor Jason Dohring is 40. Country singer Justin Moore is 38. Actor Tessa Ferrer is 36. Country singer Thomas Rhett is 32. Rapper NF is 31.

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