ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ MARCH 30
1853 - Vincent van Gogh, Groot-Zundert, Netherlands, artist, painter and pioneer of Expressionism (The Potato Eaters, Irises) is born
1867 - US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre - Seward's Folly)
1870 - 15th Amendment passes, guarantees right to vote regardless of race
1870 - Texas becomes last confederate state readmitted to Union
1913 - Disney animator, Marc Davis - one of Walt's "Nine Old Men" (d.2000) is born
1918 - Joseph Allen Jr, Boston MA, actor (Death of a Champion) is born
1927 - Peter Marshall, Huntington WV, TV game show host (Hollywood Squares) is born
1937 - Warren Beatty, Richmond Va, actor (Bonnie & Clyde,Shampoo, Dick Tracy) is born
1940 - Astrud Gilberto, Brazil, singer (Girl From Ipanema) is born
1941 - German counter offensive in North-Africa
1943 - Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!," premieres in NYC
1944 - 781 British bombers attack Neurenberg
1945 - Eric Clapton, Ripley England, singer/guitarist (Tears in Heaven) is born
1948 - Dave Ball, rocker (Procul Harum) is born
1948 - Jim Dandy Mangrum, vocalist (Black Oak Arkansas-Jim Dandy) is born
1948 - Justin Deas, Penn, actor (Dream Lover, Montana, Intimate Strangers) is born
1955 - Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea wins two Oscars at the 27th Academy Awards
1957 - Paul Reiser, NYC, actor (My 2 Dads, Diner, Aliens, Mad About You) is born
1962 - M C Hammer, [Stanley Kirk Burrell], Oakland Ca, rapper (Hammer Time) is born
1962 - Bil Dwyer, American actor is born
1963 - Leslie Gore first appears on ABC's "American Bandstand."
1964 - Tracy Chapman, US singer/songwriter (Freedom Now, I Got a Fast Car) is born
1964 - "Jeopardy" debuts on NBC-TV
1965 - Vietnam War: A car bomb explodes in front of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.
1966 - Barbra Streisand stars on "Color Me Barbra" special on CBS
1967 - Cover picture of Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's" is photographed
1968 - Celine Dion, Quebec Canada, singer (I'm Your Woman) is born
1970 - "Another World - Somerset" debuts on NBC-TV
1970 - "Applause" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 900 performances
1972 - North Vietnamese troops enter South Vietnam
1974 - John Denver scores his first No. 1 hit with "Sunshine On My Shoulders."
1975 - Jeff Beck released his first solo album, "Blow by Blow," in the U.S.
1976 - In London, the Sex Pistols played their first show at The 100 Club.
1978 - The final episode of "Police Woman" airs on NBC.
1979 - Norah Jones, American singer and pianist, is born
1980 - Mark Medoff's "Children of a Lesser God," premieres in NYC
1981 – President Ronald Reagan is shot by John Hinkley Jr., an obsessed Jodie Foster fan.
1986 - James Cagney, actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies in NY at 86
1987 - 59th Academy Awards - "Platoon," Paul Newman & Marlee Matlin win
1987 - Vincent van Goghs "Sunflowers" sells for record 22.5M pounds ($39.7 million)
1990 - Jack Nicklaus made his debut in the "Seniors" golf tournament
1992 - 64th Academy Awards - "Silence of Lamb," A Hopkins & Jodie Foster win
1992 - CBS TV premieres overnight news program "Up To The Minute"
1993 - French government of Balladur forms
1994 - England Cricket all out for 46 at Port-of-Spain
2001 - The Philadelphia 76ers retire number 34 in honor of Charles Barkley.
2002 - Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Queen Mother of the United Kingdom, dies at 101
2003 - Michael Jeter, American actor (b. 1952) dies
2004 - Alistair Cooke, English-born journalist (b. 1908) dies