On March 31…

1492 – In Spain, a royal edict declared that all Jews who refused to convert to Christianity would be expelled.

 

1596 – René Descartes, often called the “Father of Modern Philosophy,” was born in La Haye, France.

 

1809 – Playwright and novelist Nikolai Gogol was born in Sorochintsi, Ukraine.

 

1880 – The first electric street lights installed by a municipality were turned on in Wabash, IN.

 

1889 – Designed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower opened in Paris for the Paris Exhibition of 1889.

 

1918 – Daylight saving time went into effect throughout the United States for the first time.

1959 – The Dalai Lama, fleeing Chinese suppression in his native Tibet, fled to India where he was granted asylum.

 

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