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This Day In History: March 31

Today is the 91st day of 2008 and the 12th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1889, the Eiffel Tower was completed. In 1930, the Motion Pictures Production Code, or Hays Code, was adopted to regulate the moral values of movies. In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson announced he would not run for reelection. In 2005, Terri Schiavo died 13 days after her feeding tube was removed after a prolonged legal battle.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Rene Descartes (1596-1650), philosopher/mathematician; Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), composer; Cesar Chavez (1927-93), labor leader; Herb Alpert (1935- ), musician, is 73; Al Gore (1948- ), former U.S. vice president/senator, is 60; Ewan McGregor (1971- ), actor, is 37.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1992, the Cubs acquired 23-year-old outfielder Sammy Sosa, who would go on to become their All-Star right-fielder.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "We Americans write our own history. And the chapters of which we're proudest are the ones where we had the courage to change." - Al Gore

TODAY'S FACT: Gustav Eiffel built metal structures all over the world, but he also designed railway bridges and the interior structure of New York's Statue of Liberty.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 1,063 - height, in feet, of the Eiffel Tower (including the flagpole).

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (March 29) and new moon (April 5).


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