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On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.

C., hotel by a deranged drifter named John Hinckley Jr.

The president had just finished addressing a labor meeting at the Washington Hilton Hotel and was walking with his entourage to his limousine when Hinckley, standing... President Barack Obama issues an ultimatum to struggling American automakers General Motors (GM) and Chrysler: In order to receive additional bailout loans from the government, he says, the companies need to make dramatic changes in the way they run their businesses. On this day in 1825, Confederate General Samuel Maxey is born in Tompkinsville, Kentucky. Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 1846, second to last in a class of...

Hoping to keep the New England colonies dependent on the British, King George III formally endorses the New England Restraining Act on this day in 1775. During the Civil War, Maxey served in the West and led Native Americans troops in Indian Territory. Henry Wallace, former vice-president and current Progressive Party presidential candidate, lashes out at the Cold War policies of President Harry S. Wallace and his supporters were among the few Americans who actively voiced criticisms of America’s Cold War mindset during the late-1940s and 1950s. John Hinckley, Jr.shoots President Ronald Reagan outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington D. just after the president had addressed the Building and Construction Workers Union of the AFL-CIO.

The New England Restraining Act required New England colonies to trade exclusively with Great Britain as of July 1. Hinckley was armed with a .22 revolver with exploding bullets and was only ten feet away from Reagan when he began shooting....

A floating apartment for oil workers in the North Sea collapses, killing 123 people, on this day in 1980.

The Alexander Kielland platform housed 208 men who worked on the nearby Edda oil rig in the Ekofisk field, 235 miles east of Dundee, Scotland. European forces allied against Napoleonic France march triumphantly into Paris, formally ending a decade of French domination on the Continent. Seward signs a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska for $7 million.

Napoleon, one of the greatest military strategists in history, seized control of the French state in 1800, and in 1804 was crowned emperor. In territorial Kansas’ first election, some 5,000 so-called “Border Ruffians” invade the territory from western Missouri and force the election of a pro-slavery legislature. Despite the bargain price of roughly two cents an acre, the Alaskan purchase was ridiculed in Congress and in the press as “Seward’s folly,” “Seward’s icebox,” and President Andrew Johnson’s... Passed by Congress the year before, the amendment reads, “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied... The daughter of a successful children’s book writer, she helped edit her mother’s manuscripts from an early age but was not published herself until she was 57.

Although the number of votes cast exceeded the number of eligible voters in the territory, Kansas Governor Andrew Reeder reluctantly approved the election to prevent further... Following its ratification by the requisite three-fourths of the states, the 15th Amendment, granting African-American men the right to vote, is formally adopted into the U. Black Beauty, the first significant children’s story in the English language to focus on animal characters,...

Of his many enormous hits in the 1970s, none captured the essence of John Denver better than his first #1 song, “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” which reached the top of the pop charts on this day in 1974.

“Sunshine On My Shoulders” was John Denver’s attempt to write a sad song,...

Signaling a growing movement toward direct political action among desperate western farmers, “Sockless” Jerry Simpson calls on the Kansas Farmers’ Alliance to work for a takeover of the state government.