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This Day in History – March 31

This Day In History1736 – Bellevue Hospital founded in a New York City almshouse – 1st public hospital in the US.

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

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

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

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 – Congress authorizes Civilian Conservation Corps.

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

1945 – US artillery lands on Keise Shima/begins firing on Okinawa.

1955 – US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington closes Chase National (3rd largest bank) & Bank of Manhattan Company (15th largest bank) merge to form Chase Manhattan.

1958 – US Navy forms atomic submarine division.

1965 – US orders first combat troops to Vietnam.

1968 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces in an address to the nation that he will not seek re-election.

1968 – President 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.

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.

2009 – “Boom Boom Pow” single released by The Black Eyed Peas (Grammy Award for Best Music Video 2010,  Billboard Song of the Year 2009)

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