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3/31/2021 12:17:00 AM
Today In History - March 31

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Today in History in 1685 composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach Germany; in 1889 the Eiffel Tower officially opened in Paris to commemorate the French Revolution; and in 1965 the U.S. ordered the first combat troops to Vietnam.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1146 - Bernard of Clairvaux preaches his famous sermon in a field at Vézelay, urging the necessity of a Second Crusade. Louis VII is present, and joins the Crusade.
  • 1492 - Queen Isabella & King Ferdinand of Aragon issue Alhambra Decree expelling Jews from Kingdoms of Castile and Aragon
  • 1547 - Henry II succeeds Francois I as king of France
  • 1657 - English Parliament makes the Humble Petition to Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell offering him the crown: he declines
  • 1880 - 1st town completely illuminated by electric lighting (Wabash, IN)
  • 1889 - 300m high Eiffel Tower officially opens in Paris to commemorate the French Revolution
  • 1920 - British parliament accepts Irish Home Rule law
  • 1959 - Dalai Lama fled China & was granted political asylum in India
  • 1965 - US ordered the 1st combat troops to Vietnam
  • 1967 - 1st time Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar (London)
  • 1968 - LBJ announces he will not seek re-election

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1519 - Henry II, King of France (1547-59)
  • 1685 - Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (Mattheus-Passion), Eisenach Germany, [OS 21 Mar]. (d. 1750)
  • 1732 - Franz Joseph Haydn, prominent composer of the classical period (The Creation/Die Schopfung), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1927 - Cesar Chavez, Yuma Az, farm labor leader (United Farm Workers)
  • 1927 - William Daniels, Brooklyn New York, American actor (Dr Mark Craig-St Elsewhere, 1776)
  • 1928 - Gordie Howe, Floral Sask, NHL right wing (Detroit Redwings)
  • 1929 - Liz Claiborne, Brussels Belgium, American fashion designer, entrepreneur and founder of Liz Claiborne Inc (d. 2007)
  • 1933 - Shirley Jones, Smithton Pa, actress (Partridge Family, Elmer Gantry)
  • 1934 - Richard Chamberlain, Beverly Hills, California, American actor (Dr Kildare)
  • 1935 - Herb Alpert, bandleader/trumpeteer (Tijuana Brass)/CEO (A & M)
  • 1943 - Christopher Walken, Astoria Queens, actor (Deer Hunter, Brainstorm)
  • 1948 - Albert Gore Jr, Wash DC, (Sen-D-Tenn, 1985-92)/45th US VP (1993- )
  • 1948 - David Eisenhower, Eisenhower's grandson (married Julie Nixon)
  • 1948 - Rhea Perlman, Brooklyn, actress (Zena-Taxi, Carla-Cheers)
  • 1971 - Ewan McGregor, Perth Scotland, Scottish actor (Trainspotting)

Famous Weddings

  • 307 - Roman Emperor Constantine marries Fausta, daughter of the Emperor Maximian, later murdering her in 326
  • 1834 - Religious leader Brigham Young (32) weds herbalist Mary Ann Angell (27)
  • 1993 - Actor and writer Larry David (45) weds environmental activist Laurie Lennard (35)
  • 1996 - Actor and director Clint Eastwood (65) weds news anchor Dina Ruiz (30) in Las Vegas
  • 2006 - Long jumper gold medalist Bronwyn Thompson (28) weds Jason Chipperfield at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane, Australia

Famous Divorces

  • 2010 - "Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (32) divorces actress Heather Ann McComb (33) after almost 7 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1727 - Isaac Newton, English physicist/astronomer, dies in London at 84
  • 1850 - John C. Calhoun, American politician, dies of tuberculosis at 68
  • 1855 - Charlotte Brontë, English novelist (Jane Eyre), dies at 38
  • 1945 - Hans Fischer, German physicist (Nobel 1930), dies at 63
  • 2010 - Shirley Mills, American actress (b. 1926)

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