Today In History March 31
1492- King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued an edict expelling Jews unwilling to convert to Christianity.
1889- French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower to mark its completion.
1917- The United States took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark.
1945- “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams opened on Broadway.
1968- President Lyndon B. Johnson made a surprise announcement that he would not run for re-election.
1976- The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that coma patient Karen Anne Quinlan could be disconnected from her respirator. (Quinlan remained comatose and died in 1985.)
1992- The U.N. Security Council voted to ban flights and arms sales to Libya, branding it a terrorist state for shielding six men accused of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 and a French airliner.
1995- Singer Selena, 23, was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the founder of her fan club.
1995- Baseball players agreed to end a 232-day strike after a judge granted a preliminary injunction against club owners.
1999- Four New York City police officers were charged with murder for killing Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant, in a hail of bullets. (They were acquited in 2000.)
2004- Four American civilian contractors were killed in Fallujah, Iraq; frenzied crowds dragged their burned, mutilated bodies and strung two of them from a bridge.