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Today in History – Wilmington News Journal


Today is Friday, March 31, the 90th day of 2023. There are 275 days left in the year.

Highlight of today’s story: On March 31, 1991, the Warsaw Pact military alliance came to an end.

To this date :

In 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued an edict expelling Jews from Spanish soil except those who wished to convert to Christianity.

In 1814, Paris was occupied by a coalition of Russian, Prussian and Austrian forces; the surrender of the French capital forced the abdication of the Emperor Napoleon.

In 1917, the United States officially took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark.

In 1931, Notre Dame University football coach Knute Rockne (noot RAHK’-nee), 43, was killed in a TWA plane crash in Bazaar, Kansas.

In 1968, at the end of a nationally broadcast speech on Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned listeners by declaring, “I will not seek, nor will I accept, the nomination of my gone for another term as your president.

In 1993, 28-year-old actor Brandon Lee was accidentally shot while filming a movie in Wilmington, North Carolina, when he was hit by a bullet fragment that had lodged in his interior of a prop gun.

In 1995, baseball players agreed to end their 232-day strike after a judge granted a preliminary injunction against club owners.

In 2004, four American civilian contractors were killed in Fallujah, Iraq; maddened crowds dragged the burned and mutilated bodies and hung two from a bridge.

In 2005, Terri Schiavo (SHY’-voh), 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Florida, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed during a heartbreaking legal battle over the right to die. .

In 2009, Benjamin Netanyahu took office as Israel’s new prime minister after the Knesset approved his government.

In 2019, rapper Nipsey Hussle was gunned down outside the clothing store he founded to help rebuild his troubled South Los Angeles neighborhood; he was 33 years old.

In 2020, Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan officially stepped down as senior royals.

A decade ago, Pope Francis marked Christianity’s happiest day at the Vatican with a passionate plea for world peace as he celebrated his first Easter Sunday as pontiff. The Houston Astros, who have had 100-game losing streak in the National League, made an impressive debut in the American League, beating the Texas Rangers 8-2 on opening night.

Five years ago: Amid tight security, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai and her family returned to her hometown in Pakistan for the first time since being shot in the head in 2012 for her work advocating for the education of young women. The Mormon church injected some diversity into what had been an all-white leadership committee by selecting the first-ever Latin American apostle and the first-ever Asian-descended apostle. Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets of Cambridge, England, as a hearse carried the remains of physicist and author Stephen Hawking to a private burial.

A year ago: Russian troops began to leave the Chernobyl nuclear power plant after soldiers received ‘significant doses’ of radiation while digging trenches at the highly contaminated site, Ukraine’s state-owned power company says . President Joe Biden has ordered the release of 1 million barrels of oil a day from the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve for six months in a bid to control soaring energy prices. Scientists have announced that they have finally finished deciphering the full genetic fingerprint of human life.

Today’s birthdays: Actor William Daniels turns 96. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 89 years old. Actor Shirley Jones is 89 years old. Musician Herb Alpert is 88 years old. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is 83 years old. Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is 83. Actor Christopher Walken is 80 years old. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 79 years old. Senator Angus King, I-Maine, is 79 years old. Rock musician Mick Ralphs (Bad Company; Mott the Hoople) is 79. Former Vice President Al Gore is 76. Author David Eisenhower is 75. Actor Rhea Perlman is 75 years old. Actor Ed Marinaro is 73 years old. Rock musician Angus Young (AC/DC) is 68 years old. Actor Marc McClure is 66 years old. Actor William McNamara is 58 years old. Alternative country musician Bob Crawford (The Avett Brothers) is 52 years old. Actor Ewan McGregor is 52 years old. Actress Erica Tazel is 48 years old. Actor Judi Shekoni is 45 years old. Rapper Tony Yayo is 45 years old. Actor Kate Micucci is 43 years old. Actor Brian Tyree Henry is 41 years old. Actress Melissa Ordway is 40 years old. Musician and producer Jack Antonoff (Fun, Taylor Swift) is 39 years old. Actress Jessica Szohr is 38 years old.

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