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History's Happenings for March 30

President Reagan Shot!
1981

President Ronald Reagan

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Ether First Used as Anesthetic
1842

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Ordinary Pencil Patented
1858

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"Seward's Folly" -- Alaska Purchased
1867

On this date in 1867, Secretary of State William H. Seward and Russian Minister to the U.S. Baron de Stoeckl agreed to the purchase by the U.S. of the territory known as Alaska, for a sum of $7.2 million, or 2 an acre.

The sheer emptiness and remoteness of the region prompted editorialists in the United States to label the deal "Seward's Folly".

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15th Amendment Ratified
1870

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Texas Returns to the Union
1870

American and Confederate flags of the period

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Passover (begins at sundown)

The Feast of Passover commemorates the escape of the Jews from bondage in Egypt. Also called the Feast of Unleavened Bread because their escape was so hastily arranged by God that there was not time to allow their bread to rise.

The escape, or Exodus, traditionally occurred sometime in the thirteenth century BC, and is detailed in the Bible in the book of the same name.

Good Friday

Good Friday represents the day on which Christ was crucified for the sins of man. His ministry on Earth had lasted a mere three years, but had given birth to a faith still strong two thousand years later.

As predicted by the prophets, He rose again from the dead on the third day, Easter Sunday, to instruct His disciples in continuing in His footsteps.




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