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This Day in History for March 31

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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.

1917 – The Danish West Indies are officially ceded to the US for $25 million and renamed the Virgin Island.

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

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

1930 – The Motion Picture Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next 38 years.

1932 – Ford publicly unveils its V-8 engine.

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

1951 – US tanks exceed 38″ of latitude in Korea.

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

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 to be sold to Milwaukee.

1980 – President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry.

1985 – PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Calvin Peete shoots final round 66 to win by 3 strokes from D.A. Weibring;  Peete only player to break par in all 4 rounds.

1989 – Donald Trump purchases Eastern’s Northeast Shuttle.

1991 – Musical “Will Rogers Follies” premieres in NYC.

1994 – Chicago White Sox assigns former NBA superstar Michael Jordan to the Birmingham Barons of Class AA Southern League; returns to NBA after one season.

2003 – Cincinnati Reds open their new home, The Great American Ball Park, with a 10-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates; former President George H.W. Bush throws out first ceremonial pitch.

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

2019 – Rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle fatally shot outside his clothing store in Los Angeles.

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