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March 30
2017

Society Law Politics

The Supreme Court of Venezuela ruled that President Nicolás Maduro was authorised to establish business ventures without approval by Congress, sparking large protests around the country

March 30
2011

Society Law Politics

Myanmar’s former prime minister, Thein Sein, became president following the elections of November 2010. Than Shwe, former head of the military junta, gave up power

March 30
2010

Medical Science Technology

The Large Hadron Collider shattered records by successfully colliding particle beams at a combined energy of 7 teraelectronvolts (TeV)

March 30
2009

Crime Espionage Terrorism

At least 18 people were killed and 95 injured in a Taliban attack on a police academy in Lahore, Pakistan

March 30
2006

People

Plans for U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to visit a British mosque were cancelled over safety concerns after Muslim protesters threatened to disrupt her visit during scheduled prayers. Rice was visiting Blackburn, the home constituency of Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, to repay a visit he made to her home town in Alabama in 2005

March 30
2006

Disasters Accidents Riots

A crowded pleasure boat capsized in the Gulf off the coast of Bahrain with the loss of 58 lives, including 17 Indians and 13 Britons. Most of the passengers aboard the traditional Arab dhow-style vessel were expatriate workers from a construction firm enjoying an evening dinner cruise. The boat’s owner and captain were later arrested after it emerged that the boat was not properly insured for such a cruise

March 30
2005

Disasters Accidents Riots

A British parliamentary committee said that the death toll in Sudan’s Darfur region had been grossly underestimated and was likely to be nearer 300,000. It said the World Health Organisation’s often-quoted estimate of 70,000 referred only to deaths from hunger and disease and excluded deaths from violence between March and October 2004. It also referred only to deaths in areas where the WHO had access, excluding deaths in remote rural areas or among refugees in Chad

March 30
2004

Deaths

Veteran BBC broadcaster and writer Alistair Cooke, 95, died at his home in New York just weeks after announcing his retirement from his radio series, Letter from America, which ran for 58 years and was the world's longest-running speech radio programme. The 15-minute weekly reflections, which were broadcast to 50 countries, monitored the pulse of the United States and covered some of the most momentous events in its history, from the Kennedy assassinations to the 9/11 attacks. Cooke moved to the U.S. in 1937 as a commentator on American affairs for the BBC, and became an American citizen in 1941. But he never forgot his British roots and was awarded an honorary knighthood in 1973

March 30
2003

Medical Science Technology

New York City imposed a ban on cigarette smoking in all places of employment, including restaurants and bars

March 30
2003

Religion Scripture

Thousands attended the opening ceremony of the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara temple in London, the largest Sikh temple outside India, with a capacity of 3,000 people

March 30
2002

Deaths

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 101

March 30
2001

Medical Science Technology

Two major flares erupted on the surface of the Sun in the region of a giant sunspot group designated Noaa 9393, the largest sunspot seen on the surface of the sun for a decade. Having reached the peak of its regular 11-year cycle, the sun was experiencing an epidemic of sunspots, violent storms and explosive flares, creating some of the most spectacular auroras seen in years

March 30
2000

Society, Law & Politics

Democrat presidential candidate Al Gore entered the debate over six-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzales, saying he should be allowed permanent residency status in the United States

March 30
1999

Medical Science Technology

In the highest ever award against a tobacco company, cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris was ordered to pay $81 million to the family of a smoker who died from lung cancer; the award was reduced on appeal to $32m

March 30
1998

People

Judy Buenoano was executed in Florida, the first woman put to death in the electric chair since the U.S. reintroduced the death penalty in 1976