Today’s moment of history:
On March 31, 1991, the military alliance of the Warsaw Pact ended.
In 1492, King Ferdinand of Spain and Queen Isabella issued a decree 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 troops; the surrender of the French capital forced the renunciation of Emperor Napoleon.
In 1917, the United States officially captured the Virgin Islands from Denmark.
In 1931, 43-year-old football coach at Notre Dame College Knut Rock (a native of RAHK’-native) died in a TWA plane crash in Bazar, Kansas.
In 1968, concluding a speech on Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned listeners by saying, “I will not seek or accept the nomination of my party for another term as your president.”
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In 1993, actor Brandon Lee, 28, was accidentally shot while filming in Wilmington, North Carolina, when he was hit by a bullet that got stuck inside a gun.
In 1995, baseball players agreed to end their 232-day strike after a judge gave a previous ban to club owners.
In 2004, four American civilian contractors were killed in Fallujah, Iraq; insane crowds pulled burnt, mutilated bodies and pulled two of them off the bridge.
In 2005, Terry Schiavo, 41, died at a hospice in Pinelas Park, Florida, 13 days after she was deprived of a feeding tube as a result of a brutal lawsuit for the right to die.
In 2009, Benjamin Netanyahu took over as Israel’s new prime minister after the Knesset approved his government.
In 2012, hundreds of world landmarks from the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to the Great Wall of China were darkened as part of Earth Hour, a global attempt to highlight climate change. Britney Greener was named Basketball Player of the Year by the Associated Press, and became the first Baylor player to receive the award.
In 2017, President Donald Trump signed a couple of decrees aimed at reducing the U.S. trade deficit; The first order gave the Department of Commerce 90 days to compile a report on trade deficit factors, while the second sought to increase the collection of import duties.
In 2019, rapper Nipsi Hasl was fatally shot near a clothing store he founded to help rebuild his troubled area of South Los Angeles; he was 33 years old.
In 2020, British Prince Harry and his wife Megan officially resigned as members of the royal family.
In 2021, President Joe Biden outlined a huge $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure reengineering plan. (Biden will sign a $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill in November 2021.) The Pentagon has repealed a Trump-era policy that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military. Pfizer announced that its vaccine against COVID-19 was safe and strongly protected children as young as 12 years old. The government said the COVID-19 pandemic topped the total death toll in the U.S. in 2020 by 3.3 million people, the highest annual rate in the country; coronavirus was named the third leading cause of death in 2020 after heart disease and cancer. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has rejected the mandate of Gov. Tony Evers to mask the state. A man has opened fire in an office building in Southern California, killing four people, including a 9-year-old boy whose mother was seriously injured. (The suspect, Aminadab Gaciola Gonzalez, was declared incapacitated in court due to injuries he sustained in a shootout with police.)