Today In History




Today in History: Tuesday, March  31, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On March 31, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson made a surprise announcement that he would not run for re-election.
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1492King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued an edict expelling Jews unwilling to convert to Christianity.
1889French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower to mark its completion.
1917The United States took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark.
1943The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" opened on Broadway.
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1945"The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams opened on Broadway.
1976The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that coma patient Karen Anne Quinlan could be disconnected from her respirator. (Quinlan remained comatose and died in 1985.)
1992The U.N. Security Council voted to ban flights and arms sales to Libya, branding it a terrorist state for shielding six men accused of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 and a French airliner.
1995Singer Selena, 23, was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the founder of her fan club.
1999Four New York City police officers were charged with murder for killing Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant, in a hail of bullets. (They were acquited in 2000.)
2004Four American civilian contractors were killed in Fallujah, Iraq; frenzied crowds dragged their burned, mutilated bodies and strung two of them from a bridge.
2005Terri Schiavo died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die dispute.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., turns 75 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Gordie HoweHockey Hall of Famer87
Richard ChamberlainActor81
Shirley JonesActress ("The Partridge Family")81
Herb AlpertMusician80
Barney FrankFormer U.S. congressman, D-Mass.75
Christopher WalkenActor72
Gabe KaplanActor, comedian ("Welcome Back Kotter")71
Al GoreFormer vice president, Nobel Peace Prize winner67
Rhea PerlmanActress ("Cheers")67
Ed MarinaroActor ("Hill Street Blues")65
Angus YoungRock musician (AC/DC)60
Christian ScottJazz trumpeter32
Jack AntonoffPop musician (fun.)31
Jessica SzohrActress ("Gossip Girl")30
Actor Ewan McGregor turns 44 years old today.
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SOURCE: The Associated Press