This Day in History

Posted: Monday, March 31, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1915, the $10 wolf bounty, passed by the Legislature, was approved by Governor John F. A. Strong.

• In 1918, the first Daylight Savings law went into effect and clocks were set ahead one hour.

• In 1959, the City of Spenard voted against annexation into the City of Anchorage.

In the nation

• In 1933, Congress authorized the Civilian Conservation Corps.

• In 1945, the Tennessee Williams play "The Glass Menagerie" opened on Broadway.

• In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson stunned the country by announcing he would not seek another term in office.

• In 1993, actor Brandon Lee, 28, was killed during the filming of a movie in Wilmington, N.C., by a prop gun that fired part of a dummy bullet instead of a blank.

• In 1995, Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 23, was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by Yolanda Saldivar, the founder of her fan club. (Saldivar was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.)

• In 1998, for the first time in history, the Clinton administration released a detailed financial statement for the federal government showing its assets and liabilities.

In the world

• In 1889, French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower, officially marking its completion.

• In 1917, the United States took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark.

• In 1986, 167 people died when a Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashed in a remote mountainous region of Mexico.

• In 1991, the Warsaw Pact spent the last day of its existence as a military alliance.

• In 1993, The U.N. Security Council increased international pressure on Bosnian Serbs, authorizing NATO warplanes to shoot down aircraft that violated a ban on flights over Bosnia.

• In 1998, The U.N. Security Council imposed a new arms embargo on Yugoslavia to pressure the Serbs into concessions concerning ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

• In 2002, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon vowed to smash Palestinian militants in a broadcast speech that came the same day as a suicide bombing in Haifa that killed 15 Israelis. Pope John Paul II used his Easter message to call for an end to violence in the Holy Land.

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