Lost and Found – March 31st Edition

What to remember about March 31st…

  • 1492  Royal edict in Spain declares that all Jews unwilling to convert to Christianity will be expelled from the country
  • 1776  Abigail Adams writes to her husband to urge that Continental Congress “remember the ladies” when writing their Declaration of Independence; urges recognition of rights of women
  • 1854  Commodore Perry signs Treaty of Kanagawa with Japanese government opening ports to American trade and establishment of U.S. Consulate
  • 1889  Dedication ceremony for the Eiffel Tower in Paris; built in honor of the centenary of the French Revolution
  • 1917  U.S. government purchases islands of Dutch West Indies for $25 million; remains American territory called U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 1959  14th Dalai Lama flees communist China and is granted asylum in India
  • 1985  In Madison Square Gardens in New York City, WWE holds the first WrestleMania event
  • 1991  Soviet military commanders relinquish command of allied forces; Warsaw Pact dissolves after 36 years
  • 1992  America’s last active battleship the USS Missouri is decommissioned
  • 2005  Terri Schaivo dies 13 days after feeding tube is removed; after 15 years in a vegetative state, SCOTUS allows medical treatment to end

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