March 31, 1889…..
The Eiffel Tower is opened to the public. At 984 feet (300 meters), it was the tallest man-made structure in the world. The framework was designed by Gustave Eiffel.
Marvin Gaye Killed By His Father…..
April 1, 1984……
The Grammy-winning Motown singer Marvin Gaye is shot and killed by his father on the day before his birthday. Marvin and his father became involved in a physical altercation after Marvin intervened in a fight between his parents. This was one day before his birthday.
World War I…..
April 2, 1917……
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war on Germany. It would do so four days later.
A civilian cargo ship, the SS Aztec, had been torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine the day before causing the first U.S. serviceman casualty of the war. USN Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class John E. Eopolucci was killed in the sinking. Eopolucci had volunteered to serve as part of a Naval Armed Guard team to protect the vessel as it traveled through submarine infested waters.