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
American Revolutionary War: The Kingdom of Great Britain orders the port of Boston, Massachusetts closed pursuant to the Boston Port Act.
Commodore Matthew Perry signs the Treaty of Kanagawa with the Japanese government, opening the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade.
The Spanish Navy bombs the harbor of Valparaíso, Chile.
An earthquake destroys Managua, Nicaragua, killing 2,000.
TWA Flight 599 crashes near Bazaar, Kansas killing 8 including Knute Rockne, head football coach at the University of Notre Dame
World War II: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession.
Elections to the Territorial Assembly of the French colony Upper Volta are held. After the elections PDU and MDV form a government.
The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
Georgian independence referendum, 1991: nearly 99 percent of the voters support the country’s independence from the Soviet Union.
The USS Missouri, the last active United States Navy battleship, is decommissioned in Long Beach, California.
Who were born on March 31?
René Descartes, French philosopher, mathematician (d. 1650)
Étienne Bézout, French mathematician (d. 1783)
Thomas McKean Thompson McKennan, American politician and cabinet member (d. 1852)
John Fowles, English author (d. 2005)
Nichita Stănescu, Romanian poet (d. 1983)
David Steel, Scottish politician
Patrick Leahy, American politician
Gonzalo Márquez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1984)
Hristos Polihroniou, Greek hammer thrower
Prodromos Dreliozis, Greek basketball player
Who died on March 31?
Francis I of France (b. 1494)
Charlotte Brontë, English author (b. 1816)
Henryk Wieniawski, Polish composer (b. 1835)
Emil Adolf von Behring, German physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1854)
George Charles Haité, English designer, painter and illustrator (b.1855)
Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)
David Rocastle, English footballer (b. 1967)
Anne Gwynne, American film actress (b. 1918)
Jules Dassin, American film director (b. 1911)
Raúl Alfonsín, former President of Argentina (b. 1927)
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