Today in History, English
Today in History, English

36661March 31Event1917 – The United States takes possession of the Danish West Indies after paying $25 million to Denmark, and renames the territory the United States Virgin Islands.
36662March 31Event1918 – Massacre of ethnic Azerbaijanis is committed by allied armed groups of Armenian Revolutionary Federation and Bolsheviks. Nearly 12,000 Azerbaijani Muslims are killed.
36663March 31Event1918 – Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States for the first time.
36664March 31Event1921 – The Royal Australian Air Force is formed.
36665March 31Event1930 – The Motion Picture Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film, in the U.S., for the next thirty-eight years.
36666March 31Event1931 – An earthquake destroys Managua, Nicaragua, killing 2,000.
36667March 31Event1931 – TWA Flight 599 crashes near Bazaar, Kansas, killing eight, including University of Notre Dame head football coach Knute Rockne.
36668March 31Event1933 – The Civilian Conservation Corps is established with the mission of relieving rampant unemployment in the United States.
36669March 31Event1942 – World War II: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession.
36670March 31Event1945 – World War II: A defecting German pilot delivers a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1, the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft, to the Americans, the first to fall into Allied hands.
36671March 31Event1949 – The Dominion of Newfoundland joins the Canadian Confederation and becomes the 10th Province of Canada.
36672March 31Event1951 – Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau.
36673March 31Event1957 – Elections to the Territorial Assembly of the French colony Upper Volta are held. After the elections PDU and MDV form a government.
36674March 31Event1958 – In the Canadian federal election, the Progressive Conservatives, led by John Diefenbaker, win the largest percentage of seats in Canadian history, with 208 seats of 265.
36675March 31Event1959 – The 14th Dalai Lama, crosses the border into India and is granted political asylum.
36676March 31Event1964 – A coup d'état in Brazil establishes a military government, under the aegis of general Castelo Branco.
36677March 31Event1966 – The Soviet Union launches Luna 10 which later becomes the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon.
36678March 31Event1970 – Explorer 1 re-enters the Earth's atmosphere after 12 years in orbit.
36679March 31Event1979 – The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
36680March 31Event1980 – The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets because of bankruptcy and debts owed to creditors.
36681March 31Event1985 – The first WrestleMania, the biggest wrestling event from the WWE (then the WWF), takes place in Madison Square Garden in New York.
36682March 31Event1986 – Six metropolitan county councils are abolished in England.
36683March 31Event1990 – Approximately 200,000 protestors take to the streets of London to protest against the newly introduced Poll Tax.
36684March 31Event1991 – Georgian independence referendum, 1991: Nearly 99 percent of the voters support the country's independence from the Soviet Union.
36685March 31Event1992 – The USS Missouri, the last active United States Navy battleship, is decommissioned in Long Beach, California.
36686March 31Event1994 – The journal Nature reports the finding in Ethiopia of the first complete Australopithecus afarensis skull.
36687March 31Event2004 – Iraq War in Anbar Province: In Fallujah, Iraq, four American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed after being ambushed.
36688March 31Birth250 – Constantius Chlorus, Roman emperor (d. 306)
36689March 31Birth1360 – Philippa of Lancaster (d. 1415)
36690March 31Birth1425 – Bianca Maria Visconti, Italian wife of Francesco I Sforza (d. 1468)

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