Historical Events for 31st March 2024

1877 – The family with samurai antecedents who responded to the Saigo army in Ōita Nakatsu rebels.
1940 – Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (until 1956)
1945 – 3rd Algerian division crosses the Rhine
1955 – Merger of Chase National Bank (3rd largest bank) and Bank of the Manhattan Company (15th largest bank) forms Chase Manhattan
1969 – George Harrison and Pattie Boyd are fined £250 each for illegal drugs
1988 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Toni Morrison for her novel “Beloved”
1994 – Actor James Farentino pleads no contest to stalking ex-girlfriend Tina Sinatra
1995 – Second time in tennis history, world #1 and #2 ranked players play in the same Davis Cup team; Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi score victories in US quarter-final win against Italy in Palermo
1995 – Federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of US District Court in NYC issues an injunction against Major League Baseball owners in move that effectively ends 232-day strike
2012 – Fiji Floods kill 2 people and force thousands to be evacuated

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