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This Day in History: March 31

In 1930, Baltimore-bred jazz singer Cab Calloway first recorded “Minnie the Moocher.” Above, Calloway sings his hit at the Eubie Blake Jazz Festival, held at the Inner Harbor’s Pier Six Pavilion in the ‘80s. (Robert K. Hamilton, Baltimore Sun photo, 1983)

1932: Ford Motor Co. publicly unveiled its V-8 engine.

1943: The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!” opened on Broadway.

1953: Stanley Kubrick’s first feature film, the war drama “Fear and Desire,” premiered in New York.

1995: Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 23, was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the founder of her fan club.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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