On This Day – March 30
Posted on: Tue 30 Mar 2021
On this day in history:
In 240 BC Chinese astronomers saw a ‘broom shaped’ star in the sky, which happened to be the first recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet.
Edmund Halley later discovered that Halley’s Comet can be sighted every 75 to 76 years.
Halley’s Comet is predicted to next be been seen in our skies in 2062.
Also on this day in history in 1867, the United States bought Alaska for $7 200 000, which equates to $109 million in 2018.
At Roughly 2 cents an acre, its a pretty good deal for a scenic attraction such as Alaska.
On this day in 1870, the 15th Amendment to the US constitution was adopted, which guarantees the right to vote regardless of race.
However, this was the 1800s, so there is a catch. States would bend the rules by enforcing voting taxes, literacy tests, violence and intimidation.
It wasn’t until 1965 when the voting rights act was put into place, which was the beginning of a more diverse voting system.
Breakfast’s Tom Mann and Zoe Kounadis speak to producer Kate Johnson about what happened on this day in history.
Produced by Kate Johnson
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