#TodayInHistory: It’s National Oranges and Lemons Day

#TodayInHistory: It’s National Oranges and Lemons Day

Yvonne Williams

Today March 31 we look into the history books as we bring you a sneak peek into the past:

1964 – Brazilian coup: A coup d’état in Brazil establishes a military government, under the aegis of general Castelo Branco.

1492- Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain expelled Jews who would not accept Christianity. In 1502, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella officially made Islam illegal throughout Spain,

1889 – The Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opened to the public.

1878 – Jack Johnson, first Africa-American boxer to become the world heavyweight champion (1908-1915), was born.

1932-  150 wild swans died in Niagara waterfall.

1996-  Pres. Clinton and Monica Lewinsky resumed their sexual relationship. On President’s Day, February 19, the President terminated their sexual relationship, then revived it on March 31.

1997 – Scientists announced the first artificial human chromosomes that work properly inside living cells.

2010- Nigerian gunmen kidnapped Chris Nnaji. a local employee of French oil group Total, on his way to work in the country’s oil hub of Port Harcourt.

2014 – Doctors Without Borders warned that health authorities in Guinea faced an “unprecedented epidemic” of Ebola, as the death toll from the disease that causes severe bleeding reached 78.

1870-  1st black to vote in U.S. (Thomas P Mundy of Perth Amboy New Jersey)

1504 – France and Spain signs ceasefire

1933- German Republic gives power to Hitler

1943 – The first commercially built U.S. computer The UNIVAC I (Universal Automatic Computer I) is sold to the United States Census Bureau costing about US$159,000.

National Oranges and Lemons Day- Oranges and Lemons Day takes place every year in London. As if you needed an excuse to eat oranges and lemons, March 31st is National Oranges and Lemons Day. What are you waiting for? Fill those plates up.



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