On This Day in History, Mar. 31, 2021

  • 1776 – Abigail Adams writes to her husband John who is helping to frame the Declaration of Independence and cautions, “Remember the ladies…”
  • 1888 – The National Council of Women of the U.S. is organized by Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, and Sojourner Truth, among others, the oldest non-sectarian women’s organization in the U.S.
  • 1889 – Eiffel Tower is completed. Parisians did not love it.
  • 1918 – The first daylight saving time begins in the United States. This is where the madness started
  • 1927 – Cesar Chavez is born. A former migrant farmworker, Cesar Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association. The organization would later become the United Farm Workers of America and under Chavez’s guidance, it would gain higher wages and benefits for workers.
  • 1980 – Jesse Owens, four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, dies of lung cancer at age 66.
  • 1998 – American politician Bella Abzug dies.
  • 1998 – Toni Morrison wins the Pulitzer prize for her novel, Beloved.