March 30 in Pop Culture History

March 30 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

March 30 History Highlights

  • 1822 – The Florida Territory was created in the United States.
  • 1856 – The Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Crimean War.
  • 1981 – President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest outside a Washington, DC hotel by John Hinckley Jr. He later told his wife, Nancy, ”Honey, I forgot to duck.”
  • 2017 – SpaceX conducted the world’s first re-flight of an orbital class rocket.
  • If you were born on March 30th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… July 7th (prior year)

Ronal Reagan Assassination Attempt

On March 30, 1981, United States President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded by John Hinckley Jr. in Washington, BC. while returning to his limousine after a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

After addressing a labor meeting at the Washington Hilton Hotel, the President was walking with his entourage to his limousine when Hinckley, who was standing among a group of reporters, fired six shots at the him, hitting Reagan and three of his attendants. White House Press Secretary James Brady was shot in the head and critically wounded, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy was shot in the side, and District of Columbia policeman Thomas Delahanty was shot in the neck.

March 30 is…

I am in Control Day
Doctors’ Day
Take a Walk in the Park Day
Turkey Neck Soup Day
World Bipolar Day

March 30 Birthday Quotes

“It’s funny how you realize what’s important, and it’s not fame and money, even though it can be really nice. It’s happiness and whatever it takes to make you feel happy.”
– Norah Jones

“Every time you pick up your guitar to play, play as if it’s the last time.”
– Eric Clapton

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

“You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.”
– Warren Beatty

“I did all the usual things. I think I did everything that everybody else does. I did auditions. I went to see people. I went to see the right people in some instances, the wrong people in others. The wrong time in others. The right time in others. Nothing seemed to make any difference. I quit 5 times! I always went back to try again when circumstances came around to it.”
– Frankie Laine

March 30 Birthdays

1632 – John Proctor, farmer hanged for witchcraft in the Salem witch trials (died in 1692)
1820 – Anna Sewell, English author, Black Beauty (died in 1878)
1853 – Vincent van Gogh, Dutch-French painter and illustrator (died in 1890)
1888 – J.R. Williams, Canadian-born cartoonist (died in 1957)
1913 – Frankie Laine, American singer-songwriter (died in 2007)
1930 – John Astin, American actor
1930 – Rolf Harris, Australian singer-songwriter
1937 – Warren Beatty, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1945 – Eric Clapton, English guitarist and singer-songwriter
1950 – Robbie Coltrane, Scottish actor
1957 – Paul Reiser, American actor
1962 – MC Hammer, American rapper
1964 – Tracy Chapman, American singer-songwriter
1965 – Piers Morgan, English journalist and talk show host
1968 – Celine Dion, Canadian singer-songwriter
1979 – Norah Jones, American singer-songwriter
1993 – Anitta, Brazilian singer and entertainer

March 30 History

1842 – Ether anesthesia was used for the first time, in an operation by the American surgeon, Dr. Crawford Long.

1867 – Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million (‘Seward’s Folly’), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward.

1910 – The Mississippi Legislature founded the University of Southern Mississippi.

1939 – Detective Comics #27 was released, introducing Batman.

1957 – #1 Hit March 30, 1957 – April 5, 1957: Buddy Knox – Party Doll

1963 – #1 Hit March 30, 1963 – April 26, 1963: The Chiffons – He’s So Fine

1964 – Jeopardy!, hosted by Art Fleming, debuted.

1966 – The special Color Me Barbra, with Barbra Streisand, aired on CBS.

1974 – #1 Hit March 30, 1974 – April 5, 1974: John Denver – Sunshine on My Shoulders

1977 – Broadway Show – Mummenschanz (Poetic Art) March 30, 1977

1985 – March 30, 1985 – April 12, 1985: Phil Collins – One More Night

1990 – In Belgium, several UFOs were seen on radar and were chased by two Belgian Air Force F-16’s.

1991 – #1 Hit March 30, 1991 – April 12, 1991: Gloria Estefan – Coming Out Of The Dark

2000 – Broadway Show – Contact (Dance Musical) March 30, 2000

2001The Fairly Odd Parents and Invader Zim premiered on Nickelodeon.

2008 – Broadway Show – In the Heights (Musical) March 30, 2008

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

“It’s a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They’re used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.” – Batman ’66 #moviequotes

The Capital of Nigeria is Abuja

Biggest film of 1960: Swiss Family Robinson earned ~ $40,400,000

“Don’t Run! We are your friends!” – The Martians #moviequotes

Where do people who actually live on farms tell their children they’re sending old dying pets?

Our universe actually exists in the Marvel multiverse. Our Earth is Earth-1218.

A Jester’s hat is a satirical symbol of a King’s crown.

Running away from the police after committing a crime is kind of like Double or Nothing.

In the film ‘Forest Gump’, the part where Forest claimed it rained for 5 months while he was enlisted was a nod to Operation Popeye, a highly classified weather modification program that took place during the Vietnam War.

The biggest film of 1934: It Happened One Night (RomCom) earned ~ $2,500,000

Every night it’s a race between falling asleep and thinking of that one really awkward moment from ten years ago.

The Scary Statistic: Dog Attack odds: 1-in-147,717

After a certain depth underwater, your lungs are compressed to a point where you are no longer buoyant and will sink to the bottom unless you have something to hold on to.

What to do: Don’t approach dogs you do not know. Having a well-trained and well-fed dog for yourself offers reasonable protection. Make sure he/she likes you, however.

TV Quotes… “Hey hey HEY!” (Fat Albert) on “Fat Albert”

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