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This Day in History for March 31

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1850 – US population hits  23,191,876.

1880 – 1st town to claim to be completely illuminated by electric lighting (Wabash, Indiana)

1906 – Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States is founded to set rules in amateur sports; becomes the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1910.

1918 – 1st daylight savings time in US goes into effect.

1925 – WOWO-AM Ft. Wayne, Indiana begins radio transmission (500 watts)

1932 – Ford publicly unveils its V-8 engine.

1933 – Congress authorizes Civilian Conservation Corps.

1943 – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” premiers in NYC.

1948 – US Congress passes Marshall Aid Act to rehabilitate war-torn Europe.

1955 – Merger of Chase National Bank (3rd largest bank) and Bank of the Manhattan Company (15th largest bank) forms Chase Manhattan.

1958 – US Navy forms atomic submarine division.

1966 – 25,000 anti war demonstrators march in NYC.


1968 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson authorizes a troop surge in Vietnam, bringing the total number of US soldiers to a peak of 549,500.

1970 – Federal bankruptcy court allows Seattle Pilots baseball team to be sold to Milwaukee.

1974 – American golfer Lee Trevino goes bogey-free for the full 4 rounds as he wins the Greater New Orleans Open by 8 strokes from Bobby Cole.

1980 – President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry.

1982 – NBA and Players Association reach a 4-year agreement that includes a 53% revenue-sharing plan in return for minimum & maximum payrolls, first of its kind in team sports.

1989 – Donald Trump purchases Eastern’s Northeast Shuttle.

1997 – NASA’s Pioneer 10 ends its mission.

2008 – Aloha Airlines, a bankrupt airline, permanently ends passenger service.

2019 – Elton John joins George Clooney’s call to boycott hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunel after Brunet plans new anti-gay laws to make homosexual sex punishable by death.

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