What happened this day in history March 31

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 91st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 275 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 18, 2020 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,585,612,800 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 ‘enneacontahenagon’ 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 318 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 2,657 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 31 Historical Events

  • 1774
    American Revolutionary War: The Kingdom of Great Britain orders the port of Boston, Massachusetts closed pursuant to the Boston Port Act.
  • 1854
    Commodore Matthew Perry signs the Treaty of Kanagawa with the Japanese government, opening the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade.
  • 1866
    The Spanish Navy bombs the harbor of Valparaíso, Chile.
  • 1931
    An earthquake destroys Managua, Nicaragua, killing 2,000.
  • 1931
    TWA Flight 599 crashes near Bazaar, Kansas killing 8 including Knute Rockne, head football coach at the University of Notre Dame
  • 1942
    World War II: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession.
  • 1957
    Elections to the Territorial Assembly of the French colony Upper Volta are held. After the elections PDU and MDV form a government.
  • 1979
    The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
  • 1991
    Georgian independence referendum, 1991: nearly 99 percent of the voters support the country’s independence from the Soviet Union.
  • 1992
    The USS Missouri, the last active United States Navy battleship, is decommissioned in Long Beach, California.

Who were born on March 31?

  • 1596
    René Descartes, French philosopher, mathematician (d. 1650)
  • 1730
    Étienne Bézout, French mathematician (d. 1783)
  • 1794
    Thomas McKean Thompson McKennan, American politician and cabinet member (d. 1852)
  • 1926
    John Fowles, English author (d. 2005)
  • 1933
    Nichita Stănescu, Romanian poet (d. 1983)
  • 1938
    David Steel, Scottish politician
  • 1940
    Patrick Leahy, American politician
  • 1946
    Gonzalo Márquez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1984)
  • 1972
    Hristos Polihroniou, Greek hammer thrower
  • 1975
    Prodromos Dreliozis, Greek basketball player

Who died on March 31?

  • 1547
    Francis I of France (b. 1494)
  • 1855
    Charlotte Brontë, English author (b. 1816)
  • 1880
    Henryk Wieniawski, Polish composer (b. 1835)
  • 1917
    Emil Adolf von Behring, German physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1854)
  • 1924
    George Charles Haité, English designer, painter and illustrator (b.1855)
  • 2001
    Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)
  • 2001
    David Rocastle, English footballer (b. 1967)
  • 2003
    Anne Gwynne, American film actress (b. 1918)
  • 2008
    Jules Dassin, American film director (b. 1911)
  • 2009
    Raúl Alfonsín, former President of Argentina (b. 1927)

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