Wednesday, March 30, 2005
1855: Representing the North American Insurance Co., attorney Abraham Lincoln loses when a Springfield (Ill.) jury returns a $2,000 verdict for the plaintiff.
1858: One of the great convenience inventions is made as Hiram Lipman of Philadelphia patents the pencil with an attached eraser.
1867: The United States purchases Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, or about two cents an acre. Most of this press thinks that the price is way too high.
1926: Ingvar Kamprad, a dyslexic who will start selling matches from a bicycle and later found the IKEA furniture empire, is born at Agunnaryd, Sweden.
1931: Rupert Whitehead, whose wife Blanche is ailing, invites Caro and Frank Davis to come to California to care for her; the subsequent dispute will become Davis v. Jacoby.
1951: Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the U.S. Census Bureau.
1964: The television show Jeopardy debuts for the first time.
1970: Secretariat is born at Caroline County, Virginia. He will enjoy the fruits of his Triple Crown career by getting to sire more than 600 foals.
1986: Actor James Cagney, who never actually said, "You dirty rat!" in a film, dies at Stanfordville, New York.
1987: Illustrating the fact that great art is priceless, Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Sunflowers" is purchased for about $40 million.