The Asian Age - - World -

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

307 Af­ter di­vorc­ing his wife Min­erv­ina, Con­stan­tine mar­ries Fausta, daugh­ter of the re­tired Ro­man Em­peror Max­imian.

627 Bat­tle of the Trench: Muham­mad un­der­goes a 14- day siege at Me­d­ina ( Saudi Ara­bia) by Mec­can forces un­der Abu Su­fyan.

1146 Bernard of Clair­vaux preaches his fa­mous ser­mon in a field at Véze­lay. 1492 Queen Is­abella of Castile is­sues the Al­ham­bra De­cree, or­der­ing her 150,000 Jewish and Mus­lim sub­jects to con­vert to Chris­tian­ity or face ex­pul­sion.

1717 A ser­mon on “The Na­ture of the King­dom of Christ” by Ben­jamin Hoadly, the Bishop of Ban­gor, pro­vokes the Ban­go­rian row.

1774 Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War: The King­dom of Great Bri­tain or­ders the port of Bos­ton. 1794 Thomas McKean Thomp­son McKen­nan, Amer­i­can lawyer and politi­cian, 2nd United States Sec­re­tary of the In­te­rior was born.

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.

1854 Com­modore Matthew Perry signs the Con­ven­tion of Kana­gawa with the Toku­gawa Shogu­nate, open­ing the ports of Shi­moda and Hako­date to Amer­i­can trade.

1885 The United King­dom es­tab­lishes the Bechua­na­land Pro­tec­torate. 1889 The Eif­fel Tower is of­fi­cially opened.

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.

1942 World War II: Ja­panese forces in­vade Christ­mas Is­land, then a Bri­tish pos­ses­sion.

1966 The Soviet Union launches Luna 10 which later be­comes the first space probe to en­ter or­bit around the Moon.

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.

1985 The first Wrestle­Ma­nia, the big­gest wrestling event from the WWE ( then the WWF), takes place in Madi­son Square Gar­den in New York City.

2004 Iraq war: US sol­diers are killed af­ter be­ing am­bushed.

2016 Imre Kertész, No­bel Prize lau­re­ate, passed away on the day.

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