spotlight Today in history: March 30 Mar 30, 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1867: William H. Seward In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million, a deal ridiculed by critics as "Seward's Folly." AP 1909: The Queensboro Bridge In 1909, the Queensboro Bridge, linking the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, opened. AP 1964: John Glenn In 1964, John Glenn withdrew from the Ohio race for the U.S. Senate because of injuries suffered in a fall. AP 1986: James Cagney In 1986, actor James Cagney died at his farm in Stanfordville, New York, at age 86. AP 1999: Slobodan Milosevic In 1999, Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic (sloh-BOH'-dahn mee-LOH'-shuh-vich) insisted that NATO attacks stop before he moved toward peace, declaring his forces ready to fight "to the very end." NATO answered with new resolve to wreck his military with a relentless air assault. AP 2004: George W. Bush In 2004, in a reversal, President George W. Bush agreed to let National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice testify publicly and under oath before an independent panel investigating the 9/11 terrorist attacks. AP 2006: Jill Carroll In 2006, American reporter Jill Carroll, a freelancer for The Christian Science Monitor, was released after 82 days as a hostage in Iraq. AP 2009: Barack Obama In 2009, President Barack Obama asserted unprecedented government control over the auto industry, rejecting turnaround plans from General Motors and Chrysler and raising the prospect of controlled bankruptcy for either ailing auto giant. AP 2010: Barack Obama Ten years ago: President Barack Obama signed a single measure sealing his health care overhaul and making the government the primary lender to students by cutting banks out of the process. AP 2010: Jaime Escalante Ten years ago: Math teacher Jaime Escalante, who inspired the movie "Stand and Deliver," died in Roseville, California, at age 79. AP 2010: Large Hadron Collider Ten years ago: The world's largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, threw together minuscule particles racing at unheard of speeds in conditions simulating those just after the Big Bang. AP 2015: Ehud Olmert Five years ago: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted of unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter in his retrial on corruption charges. AFP POOL 2015: Trevor Noah Five years ago: Comedy Central announced that Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa, would succeed Jon Stewart as host of "The Daily Show." Invision 2019: Final Four One year ago: Texas Tech reached the Final Four of the NCAA college basketball tournament for the first time in the school’s history, defeating Gonzaga 75-69 in the West Regional final; Virginia advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 1984 by beating Purdue 80-75 in overtime. AP 2019: The Rolling Stones One year ago: The Rolling Stones announced that they would be postponing their latest tour so that Mick Jagger could receive medical treatment. Invision Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Birthday Celebrity Related to this collection Most Popular +88 Archives Week in review: Top photos of the week from AP Updated 4 min ago Here are some of the top photos of the week, as selected by the Associated Press. +36 Archives Top pics from the weekend: Virus Outbreak, and more 21 hrs ago Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press. +19 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: May 23 May 23, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Drew Carey, Jewel, Joan Collins, Ken Jennings, Melissa McBride, Rya… +19 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: May 24 May 24, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Bob Dylan, John C. Reilly, Patti LaBelle, Priscilla Presley, Rosann… +16 Archives Today in history: May 23 May 23, 2020 Surgeon General C. Everett Koop issued a report saying there was "very solid" evidence linking cigarette smoke to lung disease in non-smokers,… +12 Archives Today in sports history: Muhammad Ali knocks out Sonny Liston in '65 title rematch 23 hrs ago Here's a look back at sports happenings on this date in history, May 25: +12 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: May 19 Updated May 19, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Dusty Hill, Grace Jones, Michael Che, Pete Townshend, Sam Smith and more. +17 Archives Today in history: May 25 22 hrs ago NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander arrived on the Red Planet to begin searching for evidence of water, and more events that happened on this day in history. +27 National News Today’s top pics: Virus Outbreak and more Updated May 22, 2020 Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press.