1492 - Queen Isabella of Castille issued the Alhambra Decree, ordering
her 150,000 Jewish and Muslim subjects to convert to Christianity
or face expulsion.
1822 - The massacre of tens of thousands of people living on the Greek
island of Chios by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire following an attempted
1836 - The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, by Charles
Dickens, was published under his pseudonym, Boz.
1889 - The Eiffel Tower, 986 feet tall, in Paris, France, was inaugurated
1918 - The US began daylight saving time (DST) on Easter Sunday, when
clocks were set ahead by one hour.
1930 - The Motion Picture Production Code was instituted, imposing
strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence
in film, in the US. It was in place until 1968.
1943 - Formally called 'Away We Go' in the initial tryout runs, Oklahoma!
opened on Broadway.
1957 - Julie Andrews starred in Cinderella, on CBS
1959 - The Dalai Lama, fled the Chinese suppression of a national
uprising in Tibet and crossed the border into India, where he is granted
1963 - #1 Hit March 31, 1962 - April 6, 1962: Connie Francis
- Don't Break the Heart That Loves You
1981 - A new single cell genetically engineered life form patent (#4,259,444)
was issued to Ananda Chakrabarty. The Pseudomonas bacterium (now called
Burkholderia cepacia) could be used to clean up toxic spills because
it can break down crude oil into simpler substances that can potentially
become food for aquatic life.
1984 - #1 Hit March 31, 1984 - April 20, 1984: Kenny Loggins
1985 - The first WrestleMania, the biggest wrestling event
from the WWE (WWF), took place in Madison Square Garden in New York.
1987 - Max Headroom premiered on ABC
1994- Madonna appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman
and stirred up controversy by going on a profanity-laden tirade. It
marked the most censored event in television talk show history with
13 swear words being censored.
1995- Latina singer Selena was murdered and the live coverage of the
crime drew in over 3.2 million views to CBS.
2001 - #1 Hit March 31, 2001 - April 13, 2001: Shaggy featuring
Rayvon - Angel
|Al Gore (1948)
Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
Herb Alpert (1935)
Christopher Walken (1943)
Gordie Howe (1928)
Shirley Jones (1934)
Angus Young (1955)
Ewan McGregor (1971)
Reah Pearlman (1948)
Richard Chanberlain (1934)
Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809)
What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and
laser printers all have in common?
They were all invented by women.