March 31

1492

Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain expelled Jews who would not accept Christianity.

1889

The Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opened.

1917

The United States took possession of the Virgin Islands.

1918

Daylight Saving Time went into effect in the United States.

1949

Newfoundland became Canada's tenth province.

1959

The Dalai Lama, fleeing Chinese repression of an uprising in Tibet, arrived at the Indian border and was granted political asylum.

1968

President Lyndon Johnson announced that he would not run for re-election.

1995

Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 23, is shot by the president of her fan club in Corpus Christi, Texas.

1995

Major League Baseball players agreed to end the sport’s longest strike in history after a judge ordered a preliminary injunction against team owners.

2005

Terry Schiavo died 13 days after her feeding tube was removed.

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