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March 31st - Deaths of Brandon Lee in 1993 and Selena in 1995


Today is Saturday, March 31, the 91st day of 2012. There are 275 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 31, 1932, Ford Motor Co. publicly unveiled its powerful flathead V8 engine; while not the first eight-cylinder engine, it was the first to be affordable to the general public, and proved very popular.

On this date:
In 307, After divorcing his wife Minervina, Constantine marries Fausta, the daughter of the retired Roman Emperor Maximian.
In 1146, Bernard of Clairvaux preaches his famous sermon in a field at Vézelay, urging the necessity of a Second Crusade. Louis VII is present, and joins the Crusade.
In 1492, Queen Isabella of Castille issues the Alhambra decree, ordering her 150,000 Jewish subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion.
In 1717, A sermon on "The Nature of the Kingdom of Christ" by Benjamin Hoadly, the Bishop of Bangor, provokes the Bangorian Controversy.
In 1774, American Revolutionary War: The Kingdom of Great Britain orders the port of Boston, Massachusetts closed pursuant to the Boston Port Act.
In 1822, The massacre of the population of the Greek island of Chios by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire following an attempted rebellion, depicted by the French artist Eugène Delacroix.
In 1854, Commodore Matthew Perry signs the Treaty of Kanagawa with the Japanese government, opening the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade.
In 1866, The Spanish Navy bombs the harbor of Valparaíso, Chile.
In 1877, The family with samurai antecedents that responded to the Saigō army in Ōita Nakatsu, rebels.
In 1885, The United Kingdom establishes a protectorate over Bechuanaland.
In 1889, French engineer Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower, officially marking its completion.
In 1903, Richard Pearse allegedly makes a powered flight in an early aircraft.
In 1906, The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (later the National Collegiate Athletic Association) is established to set rules for college sports in the United States.
In 1909, Serbia accepts Austrian control over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In 1909, Construction of the ill fated RMS Titanic begins.
In 1910, Six North Staffordshire Pottery towns federate to form modern Stoke-on-Trent.
In 1917, The United States takes possession of the Danish West Indies after paying $25 million to Denmark, and renames the territory the United States Virgin Islands.
In 1918, Massacre of ethnic Azerbaijanis is committed by allied armed groups of Armenian Revolutionary Federation and Bolsheviks. Nearly 12,000 Azerbaijani Muslims are killed.
In 1918, Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States for the first time.
In 1921, The Royal Australian Air Force is formed.
In 1930, The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film, in the U.S., for the next thirty eight years.
In 1931, An earthquake destroys Managua, Nicaragua, killing 2,000.
In 1931, TWA Flight 599 crashes near Bazaar, Kan., (there is a plaque on the highway near Matfield Green) killing 8 including Knute Rockne, the 43-year-old head football coach at the University of Notre Dame.
In 1933, The Civilian Conservation Corps is established with the mission of relieving rampant unemployment in the United States.
In 1942, World War II: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession.
In 1943, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" opened on Broadway.
In 1945, World War II: a defecting German pilot delivers a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1, the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft, to the Americans, the first to fall into Allied hands.
In 1949, Newfoundland (now called Newfoundland and Labrador) entered confederation as Canada's tenth province.
In 1951, Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau.
In 1953, Stanley Kubrick's first feature film, a war drama titled "Fear and Desire," premiered in New York.
In 1957, Elections to the Territorial Assembly of the French colony Upper Volta are held. After the elections PDU and MDV form a government.
In 1958, In the Canadian federal election, the Progressive Conservatives, led by John Diefenbaker, win the largest percentage of seats in Canadian history, with 208 seats of 265.
In 1959, The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, crosses the border into India and is granted political asylum.
In 1964, A coup d'état in Brazil establishes a military government, under the aegis of general Castello Branco.
In 1965, An Iberia Airlines Convair 440 crashes into the sea on approach to Tangier, killing 47 of 51 occupants.
In 1966, The Soviet Union launches Luna 10 which later becomes the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon.
In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned the country by announcing at the conclusion of a broadcast address on Vietnam that he would not seek re-election.
In 1970, Explorer 1 re-enters the Earth's atmosphere after 12 years in orbit.
In 1970, Nine terrorists from the Japanese Red Army hijack Japan Airlines Flight 351 at Tokyo International Airport, wielding samurai swords and carrying a bomb.
In 1976, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Karen Ann Quinlan, who was in a persistent vegetative state, could be disconnected from her respirator. (Quinlan, who remained unconscious, died in 1985.)
In 1979, The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
In 1980, The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets because of bankruptcy and debts owed to creditors.
In 1985, The first WrestleMania, the biggest wrestling event from the WWE (then the WWF), takes place in Madison Square Garden in New York.
In 1986, A Mexicana Boeing 727 en route to Puerto Vallarta erupts in flames and crashes in the mountains northwest of Mexico City, killing 166.
In 1986, Six metropolitan county councils are abolished in England.
In 1990, 200,000 protestors take to the streets of London to protest against the newly introduced Poll Tax.
In 1991, Georgian independence referendum, 1991: nearly 99 percent of the voters support the country's independence from the Soviet Union.
In 1992, The USS Missouri, the last active United States Navy battleship, is decommissioned in Long Beach, California.
In 1993, actor Brandon Lee, 28, was shot to death during the filming of a movie in Wilmington, N.C., by a bullet fragment lodged inside a prop gun.
In 1994, Human evolution: The journal Nature reports the finding in Ethiopia of the first complete Australopithecus afarensis skull.
In 1995, Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 23, was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the founder of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
In 2004, Iraq War in Anbar Province - In Fallujah, Iraq, 4 American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed after being ambushed.
In 2005, Terri Schiavo, 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die dispute.

Ten years ago: 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. Connecticut beat Oklahoma 82-70 to conclude its second unbeaten season with a third women's national championship.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush called for the release of 15 British sailors and marines held by Iran, calling their capture by Tehran "inexcusable behavior." (The crew members were released on April 4, 2007.) President Bush again came to the defense of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, under criticism for his role in the firing of federal prosecutors, calling him "honorable and honest."

One year ago: Moammar Gadhafi struck a defiant stance after two high-profile defections from his regime, saying the Western leaders who had decimated his military with airstrikes should resign immediately — not him. (Gadhafi's message was in the form of a scroll across the bottom of state TV as he remained out of sight.) Baseball fan Bryan Stow, a paramedic from Santa Cruz, Calif., was brutally beaten following the Dodgers' home opener against the Giants in Los Angeles. (Two men have been charged in connection with the attack.)

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Today's Birthdays: Actress Peggy Rea is 91. Actor William Daniels is 85. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe is 84. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 78. Actress Shirley Jones is 78. Country singer-songwriter John D. Loudermilk is 78. Musician Herb Alpert is 77. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is 72. U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is 72. Actor Christopher Walken is 69. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 67. Former Vice President Al Gore is 64. Author David Eisenhower is 64. Actress Rhea Perlman is 64. Actor Ed Marinaro is 62. Rock musician Angus Young (AC/DC) is 57. Actor Marc McClure is 55. Actor William McNamara is 47. Alt-country musician Bob Crawford (The Avett Brothers) is 41. Actor Ewan McGregor is 41. Rapper Tony Yayo is 34. Jazz musician Christian Scott is 29. Actress Jessica Szohr (TV: "Gossip Girl") is 27.

Also born on March 31:
1916, Lucille Bliss, American voice actress
1920, Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, English noble
1931, Miller Barber, American golfer
1932, John Jakes, American writer
1935, Judith Rossner, American author
1944, Mick Ralphs, English guitarist (Mott the Hoople, Bad Company)
1945, Valerie Curtin, American actress, writer, and producer
1957, Kyle Secor, American actor
1958, Tony Cox, American actor
1968, J.R. Reid, American basketball player
1969, Samantha Brown, American television host
1969, Steve Smith, American basketball player
1970, Patrick Lachman, American heavy metal singer/guitarist
1971, Pavel Bure, Russian ice hockey player
1976, Josh Saviano, American actor
1979, Josh Kinney, American baseball player
1984, James Jones, American football player

Born on this day, March 31, passed away:
1596, René Descartes, French philosopher, mathematician (d. 1650)
1685, Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (d. 1750)
1732, Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer (d. 1809)
1878, Jack Johnson, American boxer (d. 1946)
1922, Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (d. 1999)
1924, Leo Buscaglia, American author (d. 1998)
1927, César Chávez, American labor activist (d. 1993)
1928, Lefty Frizzell, American singer and songwriter (d. 1975)
1929, Liz Claiborne, Belgian-born American fashion designer (d. 2007)

Notable deaths, March 31:
1631, John Donne, English writer and prelate (b. 1572)
1703, Johann Christoph Bach, German composer (b. 1642)
1727, Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician and physicist (b. 1643)
1850, John C. Calhoun, 7th Vice President of the United States (b. 1782)
1855, Charlotte Brontë, English author (b. 1816)
1913, J. P. Morgan, American financier (b. 1837)
1931, Knute Rockne, American football coach (b. 1888)
1945, Anne Frank, German-born diarist (b. 1929)
1980, Jesse Owens, American athlete (b. 1913)
1986, O'Kelly Isley, Jr., American singer (The Isley Brothers) (b. 1937)
1986, Jerry Paris, American actor (b. 1925)
1993, Brandon Lee, American actor (b. 1965)
1995, Selena, American singer (b. 1971)
1998, Bella Abzug, American politician (b. 1920)
2005, Terri Schiavo, American figure in right-to-die case (b. 1963)

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Today is Easter Sunday, March 31, the 90th day of 2013. There are 275 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 31, 1943, "Oklahoma!," the first musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway.

One year ago: Hundreds of world landmarks from Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to the Great Wall of China went dark as part of a global effort to highlight climate change. Carolina Kostner of Italy won the ladies' world figure skating title while Patrick Chan of Canada captured the men's title in Nice, France. Brittney Griner was named The Associated Press' women's college basketball Player of the Year, the first Baylor player to win the award.

Today's Birthdays: Actor William Daniels is 86. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe is 85. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 79. Actress Shirley Jones is 79. Country singer-songwriter John D. Loudermilk is 79. Musician Herb Alpert is 78. Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is 73. Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is 73. Actor Christopher Walken is 70. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 68. Former Vice President Al Gore is 65. Author David Eisenhower is 65. Actress Rhea Perlman is 65. Actor Ed Marinaro is 63. Rock musician Angus Young (AC/DC) is 58. Actor Marc McClure is 56. Actor William McNamara is 48. Alt-country musician Bob Crawford (The Avett (AY'-veht) Brothers) is 42. Actor Ewan (YOO'-en) McGregor is 42. Rapper Tony Yayo is 35. Actress Kate Micucci is 33. Jazz musician Christian Scott is 30. Pop musician Jack Antonoff (fun.) is 29. Actress Jessica Szohr is 28.

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Today is Monday, March 31, the 90th day of 2014. There are 275 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 31, 1814, Paris was occupied by a coalition of Russian, Prussian and Austrian forces; the surrender of the French capital forced the abdication of Emperor Napoleon.

Ten years ago: Four American civilian contractors were killed in Fallujah, Iraq; frenzied crowds dragged the burned, mutilated bodies and strung two of them from a bridge. Air America, intended as a liberal voice in network talk radio, made its debut on five stations. (The network folded in Jan. 2010.)

Five years ago: President Barack Obama arrived in London with his wife, Michelle, at the start of a trip to Europe, his first journey across the Atlantic since taking office two months earlier. Benjamin Netanyahu took office as Israel's new prime minister after the Knesset approved his government. Former Argentine President Raul Alfonsin died at age 82.

One year ago: Pope Francis marked Christianity's most joyous day at the Vatican with a passionate plea for world peace as he celebrated his first Easter Sunday as pontiff. The Houston Astros, coming off consecutive 100-loss seasons, made an impressive debut in the American League, trouncing the Texas Rangers 8-2 on opening night.

Today's Birthdays: Actor William Daniels is 87. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe is 86. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 80. Actress Shirley Jones is 80. Country singer-songwriter John D. Loudermilk is 80. Musician Herb Alpert is 79. Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is 74. Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is 74. Actor Christopher Walken is 71. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 69. Former Vice President Al Gore is 66. Author David Eisenhower is 66. Actress Rhea Perlman is 66. Actor Ed Marinaro is 64. Rock musician Angus Young (AC/DC) is 59. Actor Marc McClure is 57. Actor William McNamara is 49. Alt-country musician Bob Crawford (The Avett (AY'-veht) Brothers) is 43. Actor Ewan (YOO'-en) McGregor is 43. Rapper Tony Yayo is 36. Actress Kate Micucci is 34. Jazz musician Christian Scott is 31. Pop musician Jack Antonoff (fun.) is 30. Actress Jessica Szohr is 29.

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Today is Tuesday, March 31, the 90th day of 2015. There are 275 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 31, 2005, Terri Schiavo, 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die dispute.

Ten years ago: A damning report by a presidential commission concluded the United States knew "disturbingly little" about nuclear and biological threats from dangerous adversaries. The World Bank approved Paul Wolfowitz as its new president. South Carolina defeated Saint Joseph's, 60-57, in the NIT championship game. Chicken entrepreneur Frank Perdue died in his hometown of Salisbury, Maryland, at age 84.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama threw open a huge swath of East Coast waters and other protected areas in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska to oil drilling. A Chechen militant claimed responsibility for deadly attacks on the Moscow subway two days earlier that claimed 40 lives; the claim came hours after two more suicide bombers struck in the southern Russian province of Dagestan, killing a dozen people.

One year ago: In a flood of last-minute sign-ups, hundreds of thousands of Americans rushed to apply for health insurance as deadline day for President Barack Obama's overhaul brought long waits and a new spate of website ills. North and South Korea fired hundreds of artillery shells into each other's waters. An umpire's call was overturned for the first time under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system, with Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun ruled out instead of safe in a game against the Atlanta Braves. (The Brewers won, 2-0.) Charles H. Keating Jr., 90, the notorious financier who'd served prison time and was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure in the U.S., died in Phoenix.

Today's Birthdays: Actor William Daniels is 88. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe is 87. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 81. Actress Shirley Jones is 81. Country singer-songwriter John D. Loudermilk is 81. Musician Herb Alpert is 80. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is 75. Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is 75. Actor Christopher Walken is 72. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 71. Former Vice President Al Gore is 67. Author David Eisenhower is 67. Actress Rhea Perlman is 67. Actor Ed Marinaro is 65. Rock musician Angus Young (AC/DC) is 60. Actor Marc McClure is 58. Actor William McNamara is 50. Alt-country musician Bob Crawford (The Avett (AY'-veht) Brothers) is 44. Actor Ewan (YOO'-en) McGregor is 44. Rapper Tony Yayo is 37. Actress Kate Micucci is 35. Jazz musician Christian Scott is 32. Pop musician Jack Antonoff (fun.) is 31. Actress Jessica Szohr is 30.

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Today is Thursday, March 31, the 91st day of 2016. There are 275 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 31, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned the country by announcing during a televised address that he would not seek re-election.

Ten years ago: Auto parts supplier Delphi Corp. unveiled a broad restructuring plan that would cut 8,500 salaried jobs and shut or sell a third of its plants worldwide. Seventy deaths were reported after three strong earthquakes struck western Iran. A Brazilian airliner crashed, killing all 19 people on board.

Five years ago: Moammar Gadhafi struck a defiant stance after two high-profile defections from his regime, saying the Western leaders who had decimated his military with airstrikes should resign immediately — not him. (Gadhafi's message was in the form of a scroll across the bottom of state TV as he remained out of sight.) Baseball fan Bryan Stow, a paramedic from Santa Cruz, Calif., suffered traumatic injuries and brain damage as he was brutally beaten following the Dodgers' home opener against the Giants in Los Angeles. (Two men, Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, pleaded guilty in the attack; Sanchez was sentenced to eight years in prison, while Norwood received a four-year sentence.)

One year ago: Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) rested their case in his federal death penalty trial, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother, Tamerlan, was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack. Muhammadu Buhari (moo-HAH'-mah-doo boo-HAH'-ree), a former general who once rose to power in a military coup, won Nigeria's presidential election, defeating President Goodluck Jonathan.

Today's Birthdays: Actor William Daniels is 89. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe is 88. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 82. Actress Shirley Jones is 82. Country singer-songwriter John D. Loudermilk is 82. Musician Herb Alpert is 81. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is 76. Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is 76. Actor Christopher Walken is 73. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 72. Former Vice President Al Gore is 68. Author David Eisenhower is 68. Actress Rhea Perlman is 68. Actor Ed Marinaro is 66. Rock musician Angus Young (AC/DC) is 61. Actor Marc McClure is 59. Actor William McNamara is 51. Alt-country musician Bob Crawford (The Avett (AY'-veht) Brothers) is 45. Actor Ewan (YOO'-en) McGregor is 45. Actress Judi Shekoni (TV: "Heroes Reborn") is 38. Rapper Tony Yayo is 38. Actress Kate Micucci is 36. Jazz musician Christian Scott is 33. Pop musician Jack Antonoff (fun.) is 32. Actress Jessica Szohr is 31.

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Today is Friday, March 31, the 90th day of 2017. There are 275 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 31, 1917, the United States took formal possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush called for the release of 15 British sailors and marines held by Iran, calling their capture by Tehran "inexcusable behavior." (The 15 were freed four days later.) President Bush again came to the defense of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, under criticism for his role in the firing of federal prosecutors, calling him "honorable and honest." The first "Earth Hour" took place as Sydney, Australia, plunged itself into near-darkness for an hour to promote awareness of climate change. (The event went global the following year.)

Five years ago: Hundreds of world landmarks from Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to the Great Wall of China went dark as part of Earth Hour, a global effort to highlight climate change. Carolina Kostner of Italy won the ladies' world figure skating title while Patrick Chan of Canada captured the men's title in Nice, France. Brittney Griner was named The Associated Press' women's college basketball Player of the Year, the first Baylor player to win the award.

One year ago: An overpass collapsed onto a crowded Kolkata, India, neighborhood, killing 26 people. A man who was convicted of fatally beating another man to death after a night of drinking and drug use in 1994 was put to death in Georgia. A 34-year-old Illinois man fatally shot a Virginia state trooper at a busy bus terminal in Richmond before being killed by other troopers. A Maryland man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend's 9-year-old son over a missing piece of birthday cake pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Denzel Valentine of Michigan State was named The Associated Press Player of the Year. George Washington won its first National Invitation Tournament championship, beating Valparaiso 76-60 at Madison Square Garden.

Today's Birthdays — March 31: Actor William Daniels is 90. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 83. Actress Shirley Jones is 83. Musician Herb Alpert is 82. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is 77. Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is 77. Actor Christopher Walken is 74. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 73. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, is 73. Rock musician Mick Ralphs (Bad Company; Mott the Hoople) is 73. Former Vice President Al Gore is 69. Author David Eisenhower is 69. Actress Rhea Perlman is 69. Actor Robbie Coltrane (Film: "Harry Potter" films) is 67. Actor Ed Marinaro is 67. Rock musician Angus Young (AC/DC) is 62. Actor Marc McClure is 60. Actor William McNamara is 52. Alt-country musician Bob Crawford (The Avett (AY'-veht) Brothers) is 46. Actor Ewan (YOO'-en) McGregor is 46. Actress Judi Shekoni is 39. Rapper Tony Yayo is 39. Actress Kate Micucci is 37. Actress Melissa Ordway is 34. Jazz musician Christian Scott is 34. Pop musician Jack Antonoff (fun.) is 33. Actress Jessica Szohr is 32.

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Today is Saturday, March 31, the 90th day of 2018. There are 275 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 31, 1968, at the conclusion of a nationally broadcast address on Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned listeners by declaring, "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President."

Ten years ago: HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced his resignation amid the wreckage of the national housing crisis. A Bahamas jury ruled that Anna Nicole Smith's son, Daniel, died from an accidental drug overdose, just like his mother. American movie director Jules Dassin, whose Greek wife, Melina Mercouri, starred in his hit movie "Never on Sunday" and six more of his films, died in Athens at age 96.

Five years ago: Pope Francis marked Christianity's most joyous day at the Vatican with a passionate plea for world peace as he celebrated his first Easter Sunday as pontiff. The Houston Astros, coming off consecutive 100-loss seasons, made an impressive debut in the American League, trouncing the Texas Rangers 8-2 on opening night.

One year ago: President Donald Trump signed a pair of executive orders focused on reducing the U.S. trade deficit; the first order gave the Commerce Department 90 days to assemble a report on the factors behind the trade deficit, while the second sought to increase collection of duties on imports. Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia retained her world figure skating title at the championship in Helsinki. William T. Coleman Jr., a civil rights lawyer who served as transportation secretary during the Ford administration, died in Alexandria, Va., at age 96.

Today's Birthdays — March 31: Actor William Daniels is 91. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 84. Actress Shirley Jones is 84. Musician Herb Alpert is 83. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is 78. Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is 78. Actor Christopher Walken is 75. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 74. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, is 74. Rock musician Mick Ralphs (Bad Company; Mott the Hoople) is 74. Former Vice President Al Gore is 70. Author David Eisenhower is 70. Actress Rhea Perlman is 70. Actor Robbie Coltrane is 68. Actor Ed Marinaro is 68. Rock musician Angus Young (AC/DC) is 63. Actor Marc McClure is 61. Actor William McNamara is 53. Alt-country musician Bob Crawford (The Avett (AY'-veht) Brothers) is 47. Actor Ewan (YOO'-en) McGregor is 47. Actress Judi Shekoni is 40. Rapper Tony Yayo is 40. Actress Kate Micucci is 38. Actor Brian Tyree Henry (TV: "Atlanta" Stage: "Book of Mormon") is 36. Actress Melissa Ordway is 35. Jazz musician Christian Scott is 35. Pop musician Jack Antonoff (fun.) is 34. Actress Jessica Szohr is 33.


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