These days is Wednesday, March 31, the 90th day of 2021. There are 275 days remaining in the 12 months.

Highlight in Historical past:

On March 31, 1931, Notre Dame school soccer mentor Knute Rockne (noot RAHK’-nee), 43, was killed in the crash of a TWA aircraft in Bazaar, Kan.

On this date:

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

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

In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Emergency Conservation Do the job Act, which established the Civilian Conservation Corps.

In 1943, “Oklahoma!,” the first musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway.

In 1968, at the summary of a nationally broadcast tackle on Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson surprised listeners by declaring, “I shall not search for, and I will not acknowledge, the nomination of my social gathering for one more term as your President.”

In 1976, the New Jersey Supreme Court docket ruled that Karen Ann Quinlan, a young lady in a persistent vegetative point out, could be disconnected from her respirator. (Quinlan, who remained unconscious, died in 1985.)

In 1991, the Warsaw Pact armed service alliance arrived to an stop.

In 1995, Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 23, was shot to dying in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the founder of her admirer club, Yolanda Saldivar, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to lifestyle in prison.

In 2004, 4 American civilian contractors have been killed in Fallujah, Iraq frenzied crowds dragged the burned, mutilated bodies and strung two of them from a bridge.

In 2009, Benjamin Netanyahu took office as Israel’s new prime minister immediately after the Knesset accredited his governing administration.

In 2019, previous Vice President Joe Biden defended his interactions with gals indicating he did not believe that he experienced ever acted inappropriately.

Ten years ago: Moammar Gadhafi struck a defiant stance just after two higher-profile defections from his routine, indicating the Western leaders who experienced decimated his army with airstrikes should resign instantly — not him. (Gadhafi’s concept was in the form of a scroll throughout the base of condition Television set as he remained out of sight.)

5 decades ago: An overpass collapsed onto a crowded Kolkata, India, community, killing 26 men and women. A man who was convicted of fatally beating a different man to dying after a evening of drinking and drug use in 1994 was set to loss of life in Ga. 

One particular yr back: The White Household introduced new projections that the amount of coronavirus fatalities in the U.S. could range from 100,000 to 240,000 even if recent social distancing guidelines have been maintained. Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell stated President Donald Trump’s impeachment demo experienced distracted the federal federal government from the coronavirus as it achieved the United States in January. 

Today’s Birthdays: Actor William Daniels is 94. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 87. Actor Shirley Jones is 87. Musician Herb Alpert is 86. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is 81. Previous U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is 81. Actor Christopher Walken is 78. Comic Gabe Kaplan is 77. Actor Ewan (YOO’-en) McGregor is 50.