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1547Henry II succeeds Francois I as king of France

1657English Parliament makes the Humble Petition to Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell offering him the crown: he declines

1796Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "Egmont" premieres in Weimar

1814Forces allied against Napoleon capture Paris

1933German Republic gives power to Hitler

1939"The Hound of Baskervilles", starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson for the first time, is released

1945Tennessee Williams' "Glass Menagerie" premieres in NYC

19671st time Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar (London)

1968LBJ announces he will not seek re-election

1968Mickey Wright wins LPGA Palm Beach County Golf Open

1969George Harrison & Patti Boyd are fined £250 each for illegal drugs

1973Ken Norton defeats Muhammad Ali in a 12 round split decision

1980Larry Holmes TKOs Leroy Jones in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1980Mike Weaver KOs John Tate in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1980President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry

1988NY Islanders celebrate Denis Potvin night

1989Donald Trump purchases Eastern's Northeast Shuttle

1991St Louis Blues Brett Hull scores his 86th goal

199625th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Patty Sheehan

1999"10 Things I Hate About You", a modernization of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, is released

On This Day In History
Date Event
Mar 31, 1084
Anti-pope Clemens crowns German King Hendrik IV as Holy Roman Emperor 
Mar 31, 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. 
Mar 31, 1492
Queen Isabella & King Ferdinand of Aragon issue Alhambra Decree expelling Jews from Kingdoms of Castile and Aragon 
Mar 31, 1504
France & Spain sign ceasefire 
Mar 31, 1521
Magelhaes takes possession of Homohon, Archipelago of St Lazarus 
Mar 31, 1547
Henry II succeeds Francois I as king of France 
Mar 31, 1644
Pope Urbanus VIII & duke of Parma signs Peace of Ferrara 
Mar 31, 1651
Great earthquake at Cuzco Peru 
Mar 31, 1657
English Parliament makes the Humble Petition to Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell offering him the crown: he declines 
Mar 31, 1667
France & England sign anti-Dutch military accord 
Mar 31, 1683
Emperor Leopold I/Poland signs covenant against Turkey 
Mar 31, 1717
A sermon on "The Nature of the Kingdom of Christ" by Benjamin Hoadly, the Bishop of Bangor, provoked the Bangorian Controversy. 
Mar 31, 1745
Jews are expelled from Prague 
Mar 31, 1796
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "Egmont" premieres in Weimar 
Mar 31, 1808
French created Kingdom of Westphalia orders Jews to adopt family names 
Mar 31, 1814
Forces allied against Napoleon capture Paris 
Mar 31, 1822
The massacre of the population of the Greek island of Chios by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire following a rebellion attempt, depicted by the French artist Eugène Delacroix. 
Mar 31, 1831
Mainzer Rijnvaart Convention ends 
Mar 31, 1831
Quebec & Montreal incorporated 
Mar 31, 1841
1st performance of Robert Schumann's 1st Symphony in B 
Mar 31, 1849
Col John W Geary arrives as 1st postmaster of SF 
Mar 31, 1850
US population hits 23,191,876 (Black population: 3,638,808 (15.7%)) 
Mar 31, 1854
Treaty of Kanagawa: Commodore Perry forces Japan to opens ports to US 
Mar 31, 1861
Confederacy takes over mint at New Orleans (US Civil War) 
Mar 31, 1862
Civil War action at Island #10 on Mississippi River 
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