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March 30: This Day That Year

March 30

- 1853 - Birthday: Vincent van Gogh born in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands (died July 29 1890).

- 1858 - Hyman Lipman patents Pencil with attached eraser.

- 1867 - USA buys Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million (2 cents/acre).

- 1870 - 15th Amendment in US constitution is adopted guarantees right to vote regardless of race.

- 1959 - Dalai Lama gets political asylum in India after fleeing China.

- 1987 - Vincent van Gogh's painting "Sunflowers" sells for $39.7 million.

- 1965 - Vietnam War: A car bomb explodes in front of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.

- 1968 - Birthday: Celine Dion, Canadian singer, born in Charlemagne, Quebec.

- 2002 - Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) of the United Kingdom, dies at 101 (born August 4 1900).

- 2013 - North Korea declares state of war with South Korea.

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