30th March

Born on this Day 30th March
1674 Jethro Tull
1853 Vincent Van Gogh
1930 Rolf Harris
1937 Warren Beatty
1940 Astrid Gilberto
1945 Eric Clapton
1949 Sue Book
1965 Piers Morgan
1968 Celine Dion
1978 Chris Paterson
1979 Simon Webbe
1986 Sergio Ramos

Died on this Day
1986 James Cagney


1956 Jazzman Ronnie Scott announced he was quitting his band to stay in London.

1984 John Wetton rejoined rock super group Asia, replacing Greg Lake.

1991 Daniel O’Donnell had 7 albums in the Top 11 on the country chart.


1984 Deep sea diver Keith Jessop was cleared of receiving government documents about 2 rival diving firms competing to salvage HMS Edinburgh. Jessop had recovered Soviet gold worth millions of pounds from the wreck.

People & Showbiz

1992 Jason Donovan appeared in the High Court to pursue a libel action against The Face magazine after an article suggested he was a homosexual and a hypocrite.

1997 It was announced that television character Alf Garnet was to turn his back on 30 years of Tory support to become a supporter of Tony Blair’s New Labour.

General Events

1842 The first surgical operation using an anaesthetic was performed by Dr. Crawford Long of Jefferson, Georgia to remove a cyst from the neck of James Venable.

1858 Pencils with attached erasers were first patented by Hyman Lipman of Philadelphia, USA.

1867 America bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. The 375 million-acre territory worked out at less than 2 cents an acre.

1978 The Conservative Party called in the advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi to give their image and that of new leader Margaret Thatcher a face-lift.

1979 Airey Neave, a British politician, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.

1989 British Airways launched an investigation into how a Boeing 747 had been travelling back and forth across the Atlantic for 3 months carrying a stick of gelignite which police had forgotten to remove after a training exercise.

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