This day in history

Saturday, March 30, is the 89th day of 2013. There are 276 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Game show host Peter Marshall is 87. Actor John Astin is 83. Actor-director Warren Beatty is 76. Rock musician Eric Clapton is 68. Actor Robbie Coltrane is 63. Actor Paul Reiser is 56. Rap artist MC Hammer is 50. Singer Tracy Chapman is 49. Singer Celine Dion is 45. Singer Norah Jones is 34.

In 1822, Florida became a United States territory.


In 1909, the Queensboro Bridge, linking the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, opened.

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In 1945, the Soviet Union invaded Austria during World War II.

In 1972, North Vietnamese forces launched their three-pronged Easter Offensive against South Vietnam; the fighting lasted until the following October.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan escaped an attempt on his life outside a Washington D.C. hotel, where he was shot and seriously wounded by John W. Hinckley Jr. Also wounded were White House press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, and District of Columbia police officer Thomas Delahanty.

In 2002, Britain’s Queen Mother Elizabeth died at Royal Lodge, Windsor, outside London; she was 101 years old.


In 2003, a Palestinian suicide bomber wounded some 30 people outside a cafe in northern Israel, an attack the Islamic Jihad called ‘‘Palestine’s gift to the heroic people of Iraq.’’

In 2008, the Army said the remains of Sergeant Matt Maupin, captured in Iraq in 2004, had been found and identified. Chinese spectators cheered as Greece handed off the Olympic flame for its journey to Beijing; but protesters brandishing Tibetan flags stole the limelight. Cambodian-born journalist Dith Pran, whose story became the subject of the award-winning film ‘‘The Killing Fields,’’ died in New Brunswick, N.J. at age 65.