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This Day in History – March 31

This Day In History

1849 – Col. John W. Geary arrives as 1st postmaster in San Francisco.

1850 – US population hits 23,191,876 (Black population: 3,638,808 (15.7%))

1880 – 1st town completely illuminated by electric lighting (Wabash, In)

1909 – Baseball rules players who jump contracts are suspended for 5 years.

1909 – Gustav Mahler conducts NY Philharmonic for his 1st time.

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

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

1932 – Ford publicly unveils its V-8 engine.

1933 – 1st newspaper publishes on pine pulp paper, “Soperton News” (Ga)

1933 – Congress authorizes Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

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

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

1953 – US Department of Health, Education & Welfare established.

1963 – Los Angeles ends streetcar service after 90 years.

1965 – US ordered the 1st combat troops to Vietnam.

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

1975 – John Wooden’s final game, UCLA wins 10th NCAA championship in 12 years.

1980 – President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry.

1989 – Donald Trump purchases Eastern’s Northeast Shuttle.

1997 – 59th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Arizona beats Kentucky 84-79 (OT)

2002 – 21st NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Oklahoma 82-70.

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