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On March 30th, 1867, US Secretary
of State William H. Seward reached agreement with
Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for
$7.2 million, a deal roundly ridiculed as
On this date:
In 1822, Florida became a United States
In 1842, Dr.
Crawford W. Long of Jefferson, Georgia, first
used ether as an anesthetic during a minor
In 1870, the 15th
amendment to the Constitution, giving black men
the right to vote, was declared in effect.
In 1870, Texas was
readmitted to the Union.
In 1945, the
Soviet Union invaded Austria during World War
In 1964, John
Glenn withdrew from the Ohio race for US Senate
because of injuries suffered in a fall.
In 1970, the
musical "Applause" opened on Broadway.
In 1973, Ellsworth
Bunker resigned as US ambassador to South
Vietnam, and was succeeded by Graham A. Martin.
In 1981, President
Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a
Washington DC hotel by John
W. Hinckley Jr. Also wounded were White House press
secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent and
a District of Columbia police officer.
Rolls-Royce was purchased by German automaker BMW
in a $570 million deal.
Ten years ago:
Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus vetoed a highly
restrictive state abortion measure, saying the
bill did not provide a woman and her family any
flexibility in cases of rape and incest.
Five years ago:
Tens of thousands of Rwandan refugees, fleeing
violence in Burundi, began a two-day trek to
sanctuary in Tanzania. Pope John Paul the Second
issued the eleventh encyclical of his papacy in
which he condemned abortion and euthanasia as
crimes that no human laws could legitimize.
One year ago:
Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic insisted that
NATO attacks stop before he moved toward peace,
declaring his forces ready to fight "to the
very end." NATO answered with new resolve to
wreck his military with a relentless air assault.
A jury in Portland, Oregon, ordered Philip Morris
to pay $81 million to the family of a man who
died of lung cancer after smoking Marlboros for
"All mankind is
divided into three classes: those that are
immovable, those that are moveable, and those