Today in History: March 30

Today in History: March 30

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1492

King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella sign a decree expelling all Jews from Spain.

1840

""Beau" Brummell, the English dandy and former favorite of the prince regent, dies in a French lunatic asylum for paupers.

1858

Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patents the pencil with an eraser attached on one end.

1867

Russian Baron Stoeckl and U.S. Secretary of State Seward complete the draft of a treaty ceding Alaska to the United States. The treaty is signed the following day.

1870

The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, passes.

1870

President U.S. Grant signs bill readmitting Texas to the Union, the last Confederate state readmitted.

1885

In Afghanistan, Russian troops inflict a crushing defeat on Afghan forces, despite orders not to fight.

1909

The Queensboro Bridge in New York opens. It is the first double decker bridge and links Manhattan and Queens.

1916

Mexican bandit Pancho Villa kills 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.

1936

Britain announces a naval construction program of 38 warships. This is the largest construction program in 15 years.

1941

The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel begins its first offensive against British forces in Libya.

1943

Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration, Oklahoma, opens on Broadway.

1944

The U.S. fleet attacks Palau, near the Philippines.

1945

The Red Army advances into Austria.

1946

The Allies seize 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.

1950

President Harry S Truman denounces Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.

1957

Tunisia and Morocco sign a friendship treaty in Rabat.

1972

Hanoi launches its heaviest attack in four years, crossing the DMZ.

1975

As the North Vietnamese forces move toward Saigon, desperate South Vietnamese soldiers mob rescue jets.

1981

President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded in Washington, D.C. by John W. Hinckley Jr.

1987

Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers is bought for $39.85 million.