By The Associated Press
Today in History
Today is Wednesday, March 31, the 90th day of 2021. There are 275 days left in the year.
Todayís Highlight in History:
On March 31, 1931, Notre Dame college football coach Knute Rockne (noot RAHKí-nee), 43, was killed in the crash of a TWA plane 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 forced 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 Work Act, which created the Civilian Conservation Corps.
In 1943, ìOklahoma!,î the first musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway.
In 1968, at the conclusion of a nationally broadcast address on Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned listeners by declaring, ìI shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.î
In 1976, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Karen Ann Quinlan, a young woman in a persistent vegetative state, could be disconnected from her respirator. (Quinlan, who remained unconscious, died in 1985.)
In 1991, the Warsaw Pact military alliance came to an end.
In 1995, Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 23, was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the founder of her fan club.