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  • 2017 – SpaceX conducts the world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket.
  • 1965 – Vietnam War: A car bomb explodes in front of the United States Embassy, Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.
  • 1867 – Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2-cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward.
  • 1855 – Origins of the American Civil War: "Border Ruffians" from Missouri invade Kansas and force election of a pro-slavery legislature.
  • 1842 – Ether anesthesia is used for the first time, in an operation by the American surgeon Dr. Crawford Long.
  • 1841 – The National Bank of Greece is founded in Athens.
  • 1822 – The Florida Territory is created in the United States.


  • 1989 – Chris Sale, American baseball player. Christopher Allen Sale (born March 30, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB).
  • 1987 – Trent Barreta, American wrestler. Greg Marasciulo (born March 30, 1987) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) under the ring name Trent?.
  • 1982 – Jason Dohring, American actor. Jason William Dohring (born March 30, 1982) is an American actor who is best known for his role as Logan Echolls on the television show Veronica Mars (2004–2007, 2019) and the 2014 film continuation as well as his roles as Josef Kostan on Moonlight (2007), Adam Carpenter on Ringer (2011), Detective Will Kinney on The Originals (2013) and Chase Graves on iZombie (2015). He is also known as the voice of Terra, one of the main protagonists of the Kingdom Hearts franchise (2010-2019)
  • 1981 – Jammal Brown, American football player. Jammal Filbert Brown (born March 30, 1981) is a former American football offensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons.
  • 1979 – Norah Jones, American singer-songwriter and pianist. Billboard named her the top jazz artist of the 2000s decade.
  • 1976 – Ty Conklin, American ice hockey player. Louis Blues and two stints with the Detroit Red Wings.
  • 1973 – Adam Goldstein, American keyboard player, DJ, and producer (d. 2009), was an American disc jockey (DJ). Born in Philadelphia, Goldstein became interested in deejaying as a child after watching Herbie Hancock perform his 1983 single "Rockit".
  • 1973 – Kareem Streete-Thompson, Caymanian-American long jumper. He was born in Ithaca, New York.
  • 1972 – Mili Avital, Israeli-American actress. She won the Israeli Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1991, moved to New York in 1993 to study theater in English, discovered by an agent while working in a restaurant, and acting in Hollywood almost immediately .
  • 1971 – Mari Holden, American cyclist. Mari Kim Holden (Holden-Paulsen while married; born March 30, 1971) is an American former cycle racer, who won the world time trial championship in 2000 after winning a silver medal in the Olympic Games time trial in Sydney, Australia.
  • 1971 – Mark Consuelos, American actor and television personality. He is best known for his portrayal of Mateo Santos on the ABC soap opera All My Children (1995–2001; 2010) and supporting actor Hiram Lodge on The CW drama Riverdale (2017–present).
  • 1967 – Christopher Bowman, American figure skater and coach (d. 2008). He was a two-time World medalist (silver in 1989, bronze in 1990), the 1983 World Junior champion, and a two-time U.S. national champion.
  • 1964 – Tracy Chapman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold You", "Crossroads", "New Beginning", and "Telling Stories".
  • 1962 – MC Hammer, American rapper and actor. Stanley Kirk Burrell (born March 30, 1963), better known by his stage name MC Hammer (or simply Hammer), is an American rapper, dancer, record producer and entrepreneur.
  • 1962 – Mark Begich, American politician, was a United States Senator from Alaska from 2009 to 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously was Mayor of Anchorage from 2004 to 2009.
  • 1961 – Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 1999), was a Canadian ice hockey player, who was drafted first overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft.
  • 1958 – Joey Sindelar, American golfer. Joseph Paul Sindelar (born March 30, 1958) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the Champions Tour.
  • 1957 – Paul Reiser, American actor and comedian. He is known for his roles as Michael Taylor in the 1980s sitcom My Two Dads, Paul Buchman in the NBC sitcom Mad About You, Modell in the 1982 film Diner, Carter Burke in the 1986 film Aliens, and more recently as Jim Neiman in the 2014 film Whiplash and Doug Getty in the Amazon Video series Red Oaks.
  • 1955 – Randy VanWarmer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2004). His biggest success was the pop hit, "Just When I Needed You Most".
  • 1950 – Grady Little, American baseball player, coach, and manager. William Grady Little (born March 30, 1950) is a former manager in Major League Baseball, currently working in the front office of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • 1950 – Janet Browne, English-American historian and academic. Elizabeth Janet Browne (née Bell, born 30 March 1950) is a British historian of science, known especially for her work on the history of 19th-century biology.
  • 1949 – Naomi Sims, American model and author (d. 2009), was an American model, businesswoman and author, She was the first African-American model to appear on the cover of Ladies' Home Journal, which occurred in November 1968, and is widely credited as being the first African-American supermodel.
  • 1948 – Eddie Jordan, Irish race car driver and team owner, founded Jordan Grand Prix. Edmund Patrick Jordan, OBE (born 30 March 1948), also known as EJ, is an Irish former motorsport team boss, businessman and television personality.
  • 1948 – Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, American rock singer (Black Oak Arkansas). He is noted for his raspy voice, long hair, and wild, sexually-explicit stage antics which sometimes included miming sex with a washboard which he often uses to accompany his singing.
  • 1944 – Mark Wylea Erwin, American businessman and diplomat. Mark Erwin is a former U.S. ambassador and the president of Erwin Capital, Inc., a family-owned investment company in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • 1943 – Jay Traynor, American pop and doo-wop singer (d. 2014), was an American singer.
  • 1940 – Jerry Lucas, American basketball player and educator. As a collegian, Lucas led the Ohio State Buckeyes to the 1960 college national championship and three straight NCAA finals.
  • 1938 – Klaus Schwab, German economist and engineer, founded the World Economic Forum. He was born in 1938, in Ravensburg, Germany.
  • 1937 – Warren Beatty, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Beatty is the only person to have been nominated for acting in, directing, writing, and producing the same film, and he did so twice: first for Heaven Can Wait (with Buck Henry as co-director), and again with Reds.
  • 1935 – Willie Galimore, American football player (d. 1964), was an American football running back for the Chicago Bears from 1957–1963. He attended Florida A&M University, working with the legendary coach Jake Gaither.
  • 1934 – Hans Hollein, Austrian architect and academic, designed Haas House (d. 2014), was an Austrian architect and designer and key figure of postmodern architecture. Some of his most notable works are the Haas House and the Albertina extension in the inner city of Vienna.
  • 1934 – Paul Crouch, American broadcaster, co-founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network (d. 2013), was an American television evangelist. Crouch and his wife, Jan, founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) in 1973.
  • 1930 – John Astin, American actor. John Allen Astin (born March 30, 1930) is an American actor who has appeared in numerous films and television series, as well as a television director and voice artist.
  • 1929 – Ray Musto, American soldier and politician (d. 2014), was an American politician from Pennsylvania who served as a Democratic Party member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district from 1980 to 1981.
  • 1929 – Richard Dysart, American actor (d. 2015). He is best known for his role in the television series L.A.
  • 1926 – Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish businessman, founded IKEA, was a Swedish business magnate best known for founding IKEA, a multinational retail company specialising in furniture. He lived in Switzerland from 1976 to 2014.
  • 1922 – Arthur Wightman, American physicist and academic (d. 2013), was an American mathematical physicist. He was one of the founders of the axiomatic approach to quantum field theory, and originated the set of Wightman axioms.
  • 1922 – Turhan Bey, American actor (d. 2012), was an Austrian-born actor of Turkish and Czech Jewish origin. Turhan was active in Hollywood from 1941 to 1953.
  • 1919 – McGeorge Bundy, American intelligence officer and diplomat, 6th United States National Security Advisor (d. 1996), was an American academic who served as United States National Security Advisor to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B.
  • 1914 – Sonny Boy Williamson I, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (d. 1948), was an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. He is often regarded as the pioneer of the blues harp as a solo instrument.
  • 1913 – Frankie Laine, American singer-songwriter (d. 2007), was an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spanned nearly 75 years, from his first concerts in 1930 with a marathon dance company to his final performance of "That's My Desire" in 2005. Often billed as "America's Number One Song Stylist", his other nicknames include "Mr.
  • 1913 – Marc Davis, American animator (d. 2000). Marc Davis is the name of:
  • 1913 – Richard Helms, American soldier and diplomat, 8th Director of Central Intelligence (d. 2002), was an American government official and diplomat who served as Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) from 1966 to 1973. Helms began intelligence work with the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.
  • 1904 – Ripper Collins, American baseball player and coach (d. 1970), was an American professional baseball first baseman, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, and Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • 1903 – Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (d. 1984). The youngest child of Dutch and Swedish immigrants, Ridderhof was one of the first graduates of Columbia International University in 1923.
  • 1902 – Brooke Astor, American socialite and philanthropist (d. 2007), was an American philanthropist, socialite, and writer who was the chairwoman of the Vincent Astor Foundation, which had been established by her third husband, Vincent Astor, son of John Jacob Astor IV and great-great grandson of America's first multi-millionaire, John Jacob Astor. Brooke Astor was the author of two novels and two volumes of personal memoirs.
  • 1894 – Sergey Ilyushin, Russian engineer, founded Ilyushin Aircraft Company (d. 1977), was a Soviet aircraft designer who founded the Ilyushin aircraft design bureau. He designed the Il-2 Shturmovik, which made its maiden flight in 1939.
  • 1875 – Thomas Xenakis, Greek-American gymnast (d. 1942), was a Greek gymnast. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.
  • 1874 – Josiah McCracken, American hammer thrower, shot putter, and football player (d. 1962), was an American football player and track and field athlete.
  • 1864 – Franz Oppenheimer, German-American sociologist and economist (d. 1943), was a German sociologist and political economist, who published also in the area of the fundamental sociology of the state.
  • 1863 – Mary Calkins, American philosopher and psychologist (d. 1930). Calkins was also the first woman to become president of the American Psychological Association and the American Philosophical Association.


  • 2015 – Roger Slifer, American author, illustrator, screenwriter, and producer (b. 1954)
  • 2014 – Ray Hutchison, American lawyer and politician (b. 1932)
  • 2013 – Bob Turley, American baseball player and coach (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Bobby Parks, American basketball player and coach (b. 1962)
  • 2013 – Daniel Hoffman, American poet and academic (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – Edith Schaeffer, Chinese-Swiss religious leader and author, co-founded L'Abri (b. 1914)
  • 2013 – Phil Ramone, South African-American songwriter and producer, co-founded A & R Recording (b. 1934)
  • 2012 – Granville Semmes, American businessman, founded 1-800-Flowers (b. 1928)
  • 2010 – Jaime Escalante, Bolivian-American educator (b. 1930)
  • 2010 – Morris R. Jeppson, American lieutenant and physicist (b. 1922)
  • 2008 – Dith Pran, Cambodian-American photographer and journalist (b. 1942)
  • 2006 – Red Hickey, American football player and coach (b. 1917)
  • 2005 – Fred Korematsu, American political activist (b. 1919)
  • 2005 – Milton Green, American hurdler and soldier (b. 1913)
  • 2005 – Robert Creeley, American novelist, essayist, and poet (b. 1926)
  • 2004 – Alistair Cooke, English-American journalist and author (b. 1908)
  • 2003 – Michael Jeter, American actor (b. 1952)
  • 1995 – Paul A. Rothchild, American record producer (b. 1935)
  • 1995 – Rozelle Claxton, American pianist (b. 1913)
  • 1993 – Richard Diebenkorn, American painter (b. 1922)
  • 1990 – Harry Bridges, Australian-born American activist and trade union leader (b. 1901)
  • 1986 – James Cagney, American actor and dancer (b. 1899)
  • 1986 – John Ciardi, American poet and etymologist (b. 1916)
  • 1985 – Harold Peary, American actor and singer (b. 1908)
  • 1981 – DeWitt Wallace, American publisher, co-founded Reader's Digest (b. 1889)
  • 1972 – Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator (b. 1890)
  • 1967 – Jean Toomer, American poet and novelist (b. 1894)
  • 1966 – Maxfield Parrish, American painter and illustrator (b. 1870)
  • 1966 – Newbold Morris, American lawyer and politician (b. 1902)
  • 1965 – Philip Showalter Hench, American physician and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1896)
  • 1964 – Nella Larsen, American nurse and author (b. 1891)
  • 1955 – Harl McDonald, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1899)
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