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On March the 31st
Terri Schiavo died at the age of 41 after a huge national controversy in the United States, in relation to the concept of the termination of life support of patients who are in PVS (Persistent Vegetative State).
Google announced the creation of its Gmail service. This sparked a wave of reform in the sector of free web-based e-mail, especially due to the generous space (1Gb) that was to be available for each gmail account.
Netscape handed over the code for its browser to the Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit organization that develops the Mozilla internet browser.
Actor Brandon Lee was accidentally killed during the filming of the movie, The Crow. He was the son of the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee.
The Warsaw Pact treaty ended, 46 years after it was signed.
The "British Telecom" company officially changed its name to "BT".
An airplane of "Mexicana de Aviacon" travelling to Puerto Vallarta crashed in the mountains northwest of Mexico City, killing 166 people.
American sports legend, Jesse Owens, died at the age of 67. He had taken part in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany where he won four gold medals, under the eyes of Adolf Hitler.
British actor, Ewan McGregor, was born in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland. He became famous after his participation in the cult film, Train Spotting.
The Dalai Lama, flees Tibet and crosses to India after the occupation of Tibet by the People's Republic of China.
American actor, Christopher Walken, was born in Queens, New York. He is considered a cult figure and has a following of fans more loyal than most actors. He received wide recognition with his Oscar winning performance in the movie "The Deer Hunter".
A massive earthquake hits Managua, Nicaragua, killing over 2,000 people.
The United States took possession of the "the Danish West Indies" from Denmark, they were later renamed to "US Virgin Islands". The purchase cost 25 million dollars.
The Eiffel Tower of Paris, was inaugurated. The tower was the worlds tallest building in the world until 1930 and it was build as the gate for the exhibition that was to mark the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. Construction of the tower took 3 years.
Mathematician and physicist, Sir Isaac Newton, died at the age of 84 in London. he is considered as one of the most influential scientists in the history of mankind.
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