Today in History
1999 The film The Matrix is released
The science fiction story about the adventures of computer programmer Neo was not only a commercial success, but it also left an indelible mark on action filmmaking due to its innovative use of slow-motion and spinning cameras.
1985 The first edition of WrestleMania is held in New York
The annual event is the world’s most important wrestling meet. It is the biggest event organized by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
1964 Following a coup d’etat, a military dictatorship takes charge in Brazil
Humberto Castelo Branco’s regime suppressed the left-wing opposition, resulting in widespread social unrest and strike action, particularly in 1968.
1918 The United States switch to DST for the first time
Most parts of the United States change their clocks twice a year. Hawaii and most of Arizona are exceptions. Germany was the first country to use DST in 1916.
1889 The Eiffel Tower is opened
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, a French engineer, unfurled a French flag from the top of the tower, which has since become Paris’ most iconic landmark.
Births On This Day, March 31
1948 Al Gore
American politician, 45th Vice President of the United States, Nobel Prize laureate
1927 Cesar Chavez
1732 Joseph Haydn
1685 Johann Sebastian Bach
German organist, composer
1596 René Descartes
French philosopher, mathematician
Deaths On This Day, March 31
2014 Charles Keating
American lawyer, businessman
1980 Jesse Owens
1972 Meena Kumari
1850 John C. Calhoun
American politician, 7th Vice President of the United States
1621 Philip III of Spain