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Monday, March 31, 2014

March 31: Bach composed, therefore he was

March 31: Today in history (from Wikipedia)

1492 – "Queen Isabella of Castille issues the Alhambra decree, ordering her 150,000 Jewish and Muslim subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion." What we call "political correctness" can be taken too far, but so can "political incorrectness." 

1889 – "The Eiffel Tower is officially opened." Is it the best thing in any city, ever?

1906 – "The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (later the National Collegiate Athletic Association) is established to set rules for college sports in the United States." Maybe finally losing its relevance and reason to exist.

1930 – "The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film, in the U.S., for the next thirty eight years." Led to many clever artistic choices among the best movies of that time, but overall held the art form back.

Notable Quotes (from BrainyQuote unless otherwise sourced)

"I think; therefore I am." René Descartes (31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650)

"If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails." - Leo Buscaglia (March 31, 1924 – June 12, 1998)

"All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity." - Gordie Howe (born March 31, 1928)

Song of the Day

Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750

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