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Today in History: Monday, March  30, 2015
AP Highlight in History: 
On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr.

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Audio Link Presidential aide Lyn Nofziger briefs reporters; Secretary of State Al Haig: "I am in control here"
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On this date in:
1822 Florida became a U.S. territory.
1867 Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase Alaska for $7.2 million, a deal roundly ridiculed as "Seward's Folly."
1870 The 15th amendment to the Constitution, giving black men the right to vote, was declared in effect.
1870 Texas was readmitted to the Union.
1945 The Soviet Union invaded Austria during World War II.
1964 The TV game show "Jeopardy!" premiered on NBC.
1995 Pope John Paul II issued an encyclical condemning abortion and euthanasia as crimes that no human laws could legitimize.
1999 A jury in Portland, Ore., ordered Philip Morris to pay $81 million to the family of a man who died of lung cancer after smoking Marlboros for four decades.
2002 Britain's Queen Mother Elizabeth died at age 101.
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2006 American reporter Jill Carroll, a freelancer for The Christian Science Monitor, was released after 82 days as a hostage in Iraq.
2009 President Barack Obama asserted unprecedented government control over the auto industry, rejecting GM and Chrysler's restructuring plans and engineering the ouster of GM's chief executive, Rick Wagoner..
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Warren Beatty turns 78 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
Peter Marshall Game show host ("Hollywood Squares") 89
John Astin Actor ("Addams Family") 85
Jerry Lucas Basketball Hall of Famer 75
Robbie Coltrane Actor 65
Paul Reiser Actor, comedian ("Mad About You") 58
MC Hammer Rapper 52
Tracy Chapman Rock singer 51
Piers Morgan TV host 50
Celine Dion Singer 47
Mark Consuelos Actor 44
Norah Jones Rock singer, musician 36
Rock musician Eric Clapton turns 70 years old today.
AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato