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This Day in History – March 30

1822 – Congress combined East & West Florida into Florida Territory.

1842 – Ether used as an anaesthetic for 1st time by Dr. Crawford Long (Ga)

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.

1889 – John T. Reid opens 1st US golf course (Yonkers, NY)

1910 – Mississippi Legislature founded The University of Southern Mississippi.

1940 – 2nd NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Indiana University beats Kansas 60-42.

1946 – “St. Louis Woman” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 113 performances.

1953 – Albert Einstein announces revised unified field theory.

1963 – The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed at New York.

1967 – Cover picture of Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s” is photographed.

1970 – “Applause” opens at Palace Theater NYC for 900 performances.

1980 – Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women’s Kemper Golf Open.

1981 – President Reagan shot & wounded by John W. Hinckley III.

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).

1987 – 59th Academy Awards – “Platoon”, Paul Newman & Marlee Matlin win.

1988 – 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win.

1990 – Jack Nicklaus made his debut in the “Seniors” golf tournament.

1997 – Steve Elkington wins Golf’s Players Championship.

2013 – American Mega Millions lottery hits a world record lottery amount of 640 million dollars.

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