spotlight Today in history: March 31 Mar 31, 2020 Mar 31, 2020 0 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1931: Knute Rockne In 1931, Notre Dame college football coach Knute Rockne (noot RAHK'-nee), right, 43, was killed in the crash of a TWA plane in Bazaar, Kan. AP 1933: Franklin Roosevelt In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Emergency Conservation Work Act, which created the Civilian Conservation Corps. AP 1943: "Oklahoma!" In 1943, "Oklahoma!," the first musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway. AP 1968: Lyndon B. Johnson In 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." AP 1975: "Gunsmoke" In 1975, "Gunsmoke" closed out 20 seasons on CBS with its final first-run episode, "The Sharecroppers." AP 2005: Terri Schiavo In 2005, Terri Schiavo (SHY'-voh), 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Florida, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die court fight. AP 2009: Benjamin Netanyahu In 2009, Benjamin Netanyahu took office as Israel's new prime minister after the Knesset approved his government. POOL UPI 2010: Barack Obama Ten 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. AP 2010: Russia Ten years ago: 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. AP 2014: Major League Baseball In 2014, 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.) AP 2015: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Five years 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. AP 2015: Muhammadu Buhari Five years ago: 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. AP 2019: Final Four One year ago: Michigan State reached the NCAA Final Four by knocking out overall top seed Duke, 68-67, marking the end of Duke star Zion Williamson’s college career; Auburn beat Kentucky 77-71 in overtime to win the Midwest Region finals and reach the Final Four for the first time in school history. AP 2019: Joe Biden One year ago: Former Vice President Joe Biden defended his interactions with women; saying he didn’t believe he had ever acted inappropriately. AP 2019: Nicolas Maduro One year ago: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced a 30-day plan to ration electricity, following nationwide power cuts that had inflicted misery on millions of people and ignited protests. AP 2019: Nipsey Hussle One year ago: Rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside the clothing store he had founded to help rebuild his troubled South Los Angeles neighborhood; he was 33. 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