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What are the important events that happened on March 31? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

March 31: Facts & Myths About This Day

March 31 is the 90th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 275 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 18, 2017 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,490,918,400 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘enneacontagon’ day.

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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 325 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,561 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 31 Historical Events

  • 1965
    An Iberia Airlines Convair 440 crashes into the sea on approach to Tangier, killing 47 of 51 occupants.
  • 1970
    Nine terrorists from the Japanese Red Army hijack Japan Airlines Flight 351 at Tokyo International Airport, wielding samurai swords and carrying a bomb.
  • 1980
    The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets because of bankruptcy and debts owed to creditors.
  • 1991
    The Islamic Constitutional Movement, or Hadas, is established in Kuwait.
  • 1995
    Selena, an American singer, was murdered by her friend and employee of her boutiques Yolanda Saldívar who was embezzling money from the establishments. The event was named “Black Friday” by Hispanics.

Who were born on March 31?

  • 1876
    Borisav Stanković, Serbian writer (d. 1927)
  • 1947
    Kristian Blak, Danish musician and recording executive
  • 1948
    Rhea Perlman, American actress
  • 1950
    Ed Marinaro, American football player and actor
  • 1978
    Jérôme Rothen, French footballer

Who died on March 31?

  • 1917
    Emil Adolf von Behring, German physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1854)
  • 1986
    Jerry Paris, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 1986
    O'Kelly Isley, Jr., American singer (The Isley Brothers) (b. 1937)
  • 2005
    Terri Schiavo, American figure in right-to-die case (b. 1963)
  • 2010
    Shirley Mills, American actress (b. 1926)

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