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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

  • 1889
    The Eiffel Tower is officially opened.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    World War II: a defecting German pilot delivers a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1, the world’s first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft, to the Americans, the first to fall into Allied hands.
  • 1959
    The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, crosses the border into India and is granted political asylum.
  • 1991
    The Islamic Constitutional Movement, or Hadas, is established in Kuwait.

Who were born on March 31?

  • 250
    Constantius Chlorus, Roman Emperor (d. 306)
  • 1911
    Elisabeth Grümmer, German soprano (d. 1986)
  • 1972
    Luca Gentili, Italian footballer
  • 1978
    Stephen Clemence, English footballer
  • 1981
    Pa Dembo Tourray, Gambian footballer

Who died on March 31?

  • 1931
    Knute Rockne, American football coach (b. 1888)
  • 1945
    Hans Fischer, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1881)
  • 1975
    Percy Alliss, English Golfer (b. 1897)
  • 2001
    David Rocastle, English footballer (b. 1967)
  • 2004
    Scott Helvenston, American Navy SEAL and Blackwater Contractor (b. 1965)

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