Train crash kills two in Spain

2002 - A train crash in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia killed two people and injured more than 100. The crash involved a Euromed express linking the Mediterranean cities of Barcelona, Valencia and Alicante and a regional express train. They collided at Torredembarra station, north of Tarragona, derailing several carriages. “The regional train, for reasons which are not yet known, crossed from the branch line onto the main line on which the Euromed train was travelling,” Miguel Corsini, head of the rail company, said. He said an investigation would determine the speeds of the two rains and the reasons for the crash. Forty-one injured were still in hospital in Tarragona and Barcelona. Firefighters were alerted to the crash and were quickly on the scene.

March 30

1863 - George I becomes King of Greece.

1867 - US purchases Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million (Dh26.48 million).

1870 - The 15th amendment to the US Constitution, giving black men the right to vote, takes effect.

1909 - Queensboro Bridge, linking the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, opens.

1945 - Soviet Union invades Austria during the Second World War.

1949 - Syrian General Hosni 
Al Zaim seizes power in a CIA-backed coup.

1967 - Nato formally closes its military headquarters in France.

1974 - Chinese jetliner arrives in New York in what is described as the first civilian flight from Chinese mainland to US.

1981 - US President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded outside a Washington hotel.

1990 - Estonia’s parliament declares Soviet Union an occupying power and pledges to seek full independence.

1993 - Israel closes the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

1998 - German automaker BMW buys Rolls-Royce for $570 million.

2002 - Britain’s Queen Mother dies at the age of 101.

2007 - Nepal’s seven ruling political parties and the country’s former Maoist rebels agree to form a joint government.

2009 - The Arab League rejects an international arrest warrant issued against Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir.

2010 - The world’s largest atom smasher sets a record for high-energy collisions in a tunnel below the Swiss-French border at Geneva.

2013 - Kenya’s Supreme Court upholds the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as the country’s next president.