On March 30, Palestinians observe Land Day. It commemorates the events of March 30, 1976, when a general strike took place in response to the Israeli government's announcement of a plan to expropriate lands in the Galilee for official use.
Mother's Day in Iran is celebrated on the 20th day of the Islamic month of Jumada al-Thani. This is the birth anniversary of Fatimah, the only daughter of prophet Muhammad (according to Shia scholars).
This Day in History
2014Died: Kate O'Mara, English stage, film and television actress, and writer. He is best known for having played Caress Morell in the soap opera Dynasty.
2009An estimated twelve gunmen attacked the Manawan Police Academy in Lahore, Pakistan, killing 16 people (including one civilian) and injuring 95.
2005Died: Robert Creeley, American poet who is usually associated with the Black Mountain poets. He published more than sixty books.
2002Died: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon), the widow of King George VI and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II.
1986Born: Sergio Ramos, Spanish footballer who, as of 2014, plays for Real Madrid and Spain national team. He is mainly a central defender.
1981John Hinckley, Jr. shot and wounded US President Ronald Reagan when he was leaving a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel.
1981Died: DeWitt Wallace, also known as William Roy, American magazine publisher best known for having co-founded Reader's Digest with his wife.
1973Died: Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton, Scottish nobleman and pioneering aviator, member of Parliament from 1930 to 1940.
1972The People's Army of Vietnam conducted a military campaign known as the Easter Offensive against the Army of the Republic of Vietnam and the US military during the Vietnam War.
1968Died: Bobby Driscoll, American child actor. His career began to decline in the 1950s, and he eventually died from heart failure at the age of 30.
1968Born: Celine Dion, Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress who first gained international recognition by winning the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest.
1965Died: Philip Showalter Hench, American physician who was awarded the 1950 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of cortisone.
1964The original daytime version of the television game show Jeopardy! debuted on NBC. The show was created by Merv Griffin and hosted by Art Fleming.
1964Born: Tracy Chapman, American singer-songwriter best known for her hits Give Me One Reason, Fast Car, New Beginning, Telling Stories.
1964Born: Ian Ziering, American actor who is best known for playing Steve Sanders on the drama series Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 2000.
1962Born: MC Hammer (stage name of Stanley Kirk Burrell), American rapper, entrepreneur, dancer, and actor known for his hit record U Can't Touch This.
1950Died: Léon Blum, French politician, three times Prime Minister of France. Léon Blum is usually identified with the moderate left.
1949Died: Friedrich Bergius, German chemist who was awarded the 1931 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (along with Carl Bosch). He is known for the Bergius process.
1945Born: Eric Clapton, English musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He is the only person to have been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times.
1925Died: Rudolf Steiner, Austrian philosopher, social reformer and literary critic whose best known work is The Philosophy of Freedom.
1912Sultan Abdelhafid signed the Treaty of Fex, making Morocco a French protectorate. Moroccan nationalists perceived the treaty as a betrayal.
1910The University of Southern Mississippi was founded in Hattiesburg, Mississippi as Mississippi Normal College. Joseph Anderson Cook became its first president.
1867The United States purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire. The purchase price was set at $7.2 million ($119 million in 2014 dollars).
1856Russia and the alliance of the Ottoman Empire, the British Empire, Second French Empire, and the Kingdom of Sardinia signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the Crimean War.
1853Born: Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter whose best known works include Sunflowers, Starry Night, The Yellow House, Bedroom in Arles, The Red Vineyard.
1844Born: Paul Verlaine, French poet considered one of the most outstanding representatives of the fin de siècle in French and international poetry.
1820Born: Anna Sewell, English author best known for her classic novel Black Beauty which is one of the best-selling books of all time.
1814The Battle of Paris began during the War of the Sixth Coalition. Coalition armies defeated the French troops and forced Napoleon to abdicate.
1746Born: Francisco Goya, Spanish romantic painter and printmaker. One of his best known works is The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters.
1282A rebellion broke on the island of Sicily. In six weeks, King Charles I lost control of the island. It was the beginning of the War of the Sicilian Vespers.