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30th March

1842 Anesthesia was used for the first time in an operation.

1853 * Vincent van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist painter.

1856 The Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Crimean War.

1867 US Senator William H. Seward bought Alaska for the US from the Russians for $7.2m.

1930 * Rolf Harris, Australian entertainer.

1937 * Warren Beatty, US film actor and director who starred in Bonnie and Clyde (1967).

1943 The first performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! on Broadway.

1945 * Eric Clapton, English blues guitarist.

1960 A state of emergency declared in South Africa following the Sharpeville massacre.

1981 In Washington DC, John Hinckley III shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan.

2002 The Queen Mother Elizabeth of England died at the age of 101.

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