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UPI Almanac for Thursday, March 30, 2023

On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley Jr. shot and injured U.S. President Ronald Reagan outside a Washington hotel.

By United Press International
John Hinckley Jr. is flanked by federal agents as he is driven away from court April 10, 1981. On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley Jr. shot U.S. President Ronald Reagan outside a Washington hotel. UPI File Photo
1 of 2 | John Hinckley Jr. is flanked by federal agents as he is driven away from court April 10, 1981. On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley Jr. shot U.S. President Ronald Reagan outside a Washington hotel. UPI File Photo | License Photo

Today is Thursday, March 30, the 89th day of 2023 with 276 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Aries. They include Spanish painter Francisco Jose de Goya in 1746; German chemist Robert Bunsen, inventor of the Bunsen gas burner, in 1811; English author Anna Sewell in 1820; Civil War spy Mary Elizabeth Bowser in 1839; English social reformer Charles Booth in 1840; Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh in 1853; Irish dramatist Sean O'Casey in 1880; philanthropist Brooke Astor in 1902; singer Frankie Laine in 1913; TV host Peter Marshall in 1926 (age 97); actor Richard Dysart in 1929; actor John Astin in 1930 (age 93); actor Warren Beatty in 1937 (age 86); basketball Hall of Fame member Jerry Lucas in 1940 (age 83); rock musician Graeme Edge in 1941; British blues/rock guitarist Eric Clapton in 1945 (age 78); actor Robbie Coltrane in 1950; actor Paul Reiser in 1957 (age 66); rapper MC Hammer, born Stanley Burrell, in 1962 (age 61); singer Tracy Chapman in 1964 (age 59); television commentator Piers Morgan in 1965 (age 58); singer Celine Dion in 1968 (age 55); actor Mark Consuelos in 1971 (age 52); singer Norah Jones in 1979 (age 44); country singer Justin Moore in 1984 (age 39); country singer Thomas Rhett in 1990 (age 33); actor Simone Ashley in 1995 (age 28); actor Gideon Adlon in 1997 (age 26).

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On this date in history:

In 1842, Dr. Crawford Long became the first physician to use anesthetic (ether) in surgery.

In 1858, a U.S. patent was granted to Hymen Lipman for a pencil with an attached eraser.

In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William Seward reached an agreement with Russia for the purchase of Alaska for $7.2 million in gold.

In 1870, the 15th Amendment, granting African-American men the right to vote, was adopted into the U.S. Constitution.

In 1923, the Cunard liner Laconia arrived in New York City, the first passenger ship to circumnavigate the world. The cruise lasted 130 days.

In 1975, the South Vietnamese city of Da Nang fell to North Vietnamese forces. UPI correspondent Paul Vogle described "the flight out of hell" as refugees attempted to flee the city.

In 1981, On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley Jr. shot and injured U.S. President Ronald Reagan outside a Washington hotel. White House press secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent and a Washington police officer also sustained injuries. Hinckley was released from a psychiatric hospital in September 2016.

In 1999, a jury in Oregon awarded $81 million in damages to the family of a smoker who died from lung cancer. A state judge reduced the punitive portion to $32 million.

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In 2006, Jill Carroll, a freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, was freed in Baghdad after being held for 82 days by kidnappers.

In 2018, at least a dozen Palestinians died in the first week of the so-called Great March of Return protests in Gaza.

In 2020, Summer Olympics officials announced new dates for the rescheduled Games, with competition now scheduled to begin July 23, 2021, in Tokyo.


A thought for the day: "The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story ... The consequence of the single story is this: It robs people of dignity." -- Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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