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On This Day in History - 30th March

Birthdays

1746Francisco de Goya, Spanish artist
1820Anna Sewell, English author of 'Black Beauty'
1853Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch painter
1880Sean O'Casey, Irish playwright
1928Tom Sharpe, Novelist
1930Rolf Harris, Australian entertainer and artist
1949Sue Cook, Television broadcaster
1962Hammer, American singer and 'Rap' artist

Events

1775The British Parliament passed an act that meant that American colonies could only trade with Britain
1842Ether was used as an anaesthetic for the first time during an operation
1867Alaska was purchased from Russia for 7.2 million dollars, by America
1955'On The Waterfront' won an Oscar for best film. Its stars Marlon Brando & Grace Kelly won best actor awards
1964Gangs of 'Mods' and 'Rockers' clashed in the seaside resort of Clacton
1981President Ronald Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt
1986James Cagney, the American actor famous for gangster roles, died aged 86
1987The painting 'Sunflowers' by Vincent van Gogh was sold for 24 million pounds