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What Happened On This Day In History?
Tuesday, March 31th 2020
Today is the 91st day of 2020. There are 274 days left in this year.
King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued an edict expelling those Jews unwilling to convert to Christianity.
French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower, officially marking its completion.
The United States took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark.
The first U.S. dance marathon, held in New York City, ended with Alma Cummings setting a world record of 27 hours on her feet.
Congress authorized the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical ''Oklahoma!'' opened on Broadway.
The Tennessee Williams' play ''The Glass Menagerie'' opened on Broadway.
Newfoundland enteredn the confederation as Canada's 10th province.
President Johnson stunned the country by announcing he would not run for another term of office.
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that coma patient Karen Anne Quinlan could be disconnected from her respirator. Quinlan, who remained comatose, died in 1985.
A Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashed in a remote mountainous region of Mexico, killing 167 people on board.
Singer Selena, 23, was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the founder of her fan club. Yolanda Saldivar was convicted of murder and sentenced to life inprison.
Baseball players agreed to end their 232-day strike after a judge granted a preliminary injunction against club owners.
Three U.S. Army soldiers were captured by Serb forces near the Yugoslav-Macedonia border. Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Stone, Staff Sgt. Andrew A. Ramirez and Spc. Steven M. Gonzales were released on May 2.
Four New York City police officers were charged with murder for killing Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant, in a hail of bullets. (The officers were later acquitted.)
Former New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug died at age 77.