March 30 in Pop Culture History

March 30 in Pop Culture History

1842 – Ether anesthesia was used for the first time, in an operation by the American surgeon, Dr. Crawford Long.

1867 – Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million (‘Seward’s Folly’), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward.

1910 – The Mississippi Legislature founded the University of Southern Mississippi.

1939 – Detective Comics #27 was released, introducing Batman.

1943 – Oklahoma! (Broadway Musical) Opened on March 31, 1943 and Closed: May 29, 1948

1957 – #1 Hit March 30, 1957 – April 5, 1957: Buddy KnoxParty Doll

1963 – #1 Hit March 30, 1963 – April 26, 1963: The ChiffonsHe’s So Fine

1964 – Jeopardy!, hosted by Art Fleming, debuted.

1966 – The special Color Me Barbra, with Barbra Streisand, aired on CBS.

1974 – #1 Hit March 30, 1974 – April 5, 1974: John DenverSunshine on My Shoulders

1977 – Mummenschanz (Broadway Poetic Art) Opened on March 30, 1977 and Closed: April 20, 1980

1981 – President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley Jr. He later told his wife, Nancy, ”Honey, I forgot to duck.”

1985 – March 30, 1985 – April 12, 1985: Phil CollinsOne More Night

1990 – In Belgium, several UFOs were seen on radar and were chased by two Belgian Air Force F-16’s.

1991 – #1 Hit March 30, 1991 – April 12, 1991: Gloria EstefanComing Out Of The Dark

2000 – Contact (Broadway Dance Musical) Opened on March 30, 2000 and Closed: September 1, 2002

2001 – The Fairly Odd Parents and Invader Zim premiered on Nickelodeon.

2008 – In the Heights (Broadway Musical) Opened on March 30, 2008 and Closed: January 9, 2011

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