Today in History: March 30

A deluded young man attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 35 years ago today. Reagan had been president for only 69 days. CNN was less than a year old and its 48 straight hours covering the story helped it construct a reputation for being a comprehensive and reliable news operation.

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“Color Me Barbra,” the second of Barbra Streisand’s television concerts, was broadcast 50 years ago tonight on CBS. It was nominated for five Emmy awards (winning none) and earned her unanimous praise. “The Minute Waltz” (below the fold):

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The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, had fled Tibet during the 1959 Tibetan Uprising and on this date in 1959 he crossed the border into India, where he resides to this day.

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The album “Bitches Brew” by Miles Davis (subtitled “Directions in Music by Miles Davis”) was released by Columbia Records on this date in 1970. “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down,” from Side Four:

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U.S. Patent 19,783A was awarded to Hymen Lipman on this date in 1858. The patent’s title explains it all: “Combination of lead-pencil and eraser.” In the patent, Lipman makes clear that he is not proposing a new method of handling errors: “I do not claim the use of a lead-pencil with a piece of india rubber or other erasing material attached at one end for the purpose of erasing marks; but what I do claim as my invention, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is: The combination of the lead and india rubber or other erasing substance in the holder of a drawing-pencil, the Whole being constructed and arranged substantially in the manner and for the purposes set forth.” It was the combination of writing implement with method of correction that he was offering the world.

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James Cagney died 30 years ago today.

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Vincent van Gogh was born on this date in 1853. Sir Ernst Gombrich was born on this date in 1909. The late Richard A. Dysart was born on this date in 1929. Secretariat was foaled 46 years ago today.

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Peter Marshall, who hosted many game shows on American television, chiefly The Hollywood Squares for 15 years, is 90 today. John Astin is 86 today. Warren Beatty is 79 today. Jerry Lucas is 76. Eric Clapton is 71 today. Clapton’s hymn, “Presence of the Lord” with Steve Winwood:

Robbie Coltrane is 66 today. Paul Reiser is 59 today. MC Hammer is 54. Céline Dion is 48. Donna D’Errico is 48 today. Norah Jones is 37 today.

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  1. susieshy45 · March 30, 2016

    Was Bush VP when Reagan was president ?


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