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March 31st

March 31st is the 90th day of the year (91st day in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 275 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this page, we have placed information about March 31st, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on March 31st

1499 Pope Pius IV (Pope 1559-1565)

1596 René Descartes (philospher)

1675 Pope Benedict XIV (Pope 1740-1758)

1685 Johann Sebastian Bach (composer)

Johann Sebastian Bach

1732 Franz Joseph Haydn (composer)

Franz Joseph Haydn

1890 Sir William Lawrence Bragg (physicist)

1934 Richard Chamberlain (actor)

1934 Shirley Jones (actress, singer - The Partridge Family)

1938 David Steel (British politican)R
1938 Sheila Dikshit (Indian politican)

1943 Christopher Walken (actor)

1944 Mick Ralphs (singer-songwriter, guitarist - Mott the Hoople, Bad Company)

1948 Al Gore (US Vice President 1993-2001, environmental campaigner)

Al Gore

1948 Rhea Perlman (actress)

Rhea Perlman

1955 Angus Young (guitarist - AC/DC)

1957 Alan Duncan (British politican)

1966 Roger Black (runner, journalist)

1971 Ewan McGregor (actor)

March 31st in History

1854 US naval officer, Commodore Matthew Perry, signs the Treaty of Kanagawa with the Japanese government, opening two Japanese ports to US trade,

1889 Eiffel Tower inaugurated.

Eiffel Tower

1909 Work begans on building RMS Titanic.

RMS Titanic

1917 Treaty of the Danish West Indies transfers the Virgin Islands to US possession.

1918 Daylight Savings Time goes into effect in the United States for the first time.

1931 Nevada legalizes gambling.

1949 Newfoundland and Labrador joins Canada.

1959 The Dalai Lama is granted political asylum in India.

Dalai Lama

1966 USSR launches Luna 10 which becomes the first space probe to enter lunar orbit.

1970 Explorer I, the first US satellite, re-enters the atmosphere after 12 years in orbit.

1979 Last British serviceman leaves Malta, which declares the day as "Freedom Day".

1990 Anti Poll Tax protests in London, turn into a riot in Trafalgar Square.

1991 Georgia votes in a referendum for independence from the USSR.

1992 USS Missouri, the last active battleship in the US Navy is decommissioned.

1998 Netscape releases Mozilla under an open source license.

March 31st is also

Thomas Mundy Peterson Day (New Jersey)

Cesar Chavez Day (some US states and cities)

Freedom Day (Malta)


People born on March 31st are Aries


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