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Famous Events For March 31

Famous Events For March 31 – Today In History

March 31: Today in History – Historical Events

Early Centuries – March 31  Historic Events – Before the 1700s

  1. 31st March 1492: The Alhambra edict expelling Jews who were unwilling to convert to Christianity was issued today by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.
  2. 31st March 1504: France and Spain signed a ceasefire.
  3. 31st March 1521: Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese navigator, takes possession of Homohon, Archipelago of St Lazarus in the Philippines.
  4. 31st March 1547: Henry II succeeds Francois I as the King of France.


  5. 31st March 1651: Great earthquake at Cuzco Peru.
  6. 31st March 1657: English Parliament today made a Humble Petition to Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell offering him the crown. He declined the offer.
  7. 31st March 1667: France and England signed an anti-Dutch military accord.

    18th Century – What Happened on March 31 – The 1700s

  8. 31st March 1745: Jews are expelled from Prague.
  9. 31st March 1776: Abigail Adams today wrote to her husband John that women were “determined to foment rebellion” if the new Declaration of Independence failed to guarantee their rights.
  10. 31st March 1779: A treaty concerning military action in Crimea was signed by Russia and Turkey.


    19th Century – March 31 This Day That Year – The 1800s

  11. 31st March 1831: Quebec and Montreal were incorporated as cities.
  12. 31st March 1854: The U.S. government today signed the Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan, which opened the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade.
  13. 31st March 1870: In Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Thomas Munday Peterson became the first black to vote in the United States.
  14. 31st March 1880: Wabash in Indiana became the first town to be completely illuminated by electric light.

    20th Century – Important Events On This Day March 31st – The 1900s

  15. 31st March 1900: The National Assembly in France passed a law reducing the workday for women and children to 11 hours.
  16. 31st March 1900: The W.E. Roach Company was the first ever automobile company to place an advertisement in a national magazine, the “Saturday Evening Post”.

  17. 31st March 1901: The Czar in Russia lashed out at Socialist-Revolutionaries. 72 people were arrested and two printing presses were seized.
  18. 31st March 1902: In a coal mine explosion in Tennessee, 22 coal miners were killed.
  19. 31st March 1904: Hundreds of Tibetans were slaughtered by the British in India, today.
  20. 31st March 1905: Kaiser Wilhelm arrived in Tangier proclaiming to support an independent state of Morocco.
  21. 31st March 1906: The Conference on Moroccan Reforms in Algeciras ended today, two months after France and Germany reached an agreement.
  22. 31st March 1906: The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States was founded today to set rules in amateur sports.
  23. 31st March 1908: In Indianapolis, 250,000 coal miners went on strike to await a wage adjustment.
  24. 31st March 1909: Serbia today accepted Austrian control over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  25. 31st March 1917: The US took possession of the Virgin Islands after purchasing it from Denmark for $25 million.

  26. 31st March 1918: Daylight saving time went into effect for the first time in the United States.
  27. 31st March 1921: A state of emergency was declared by Great Britain because of the strike of thousands of coal miners.
  28. 31st March 1923: The first U.S. dance marathon was held today in New York City. Alma Cummins set a world record of 27 hours.
  29. 31st March 1932: The Ford Motor Company’s V-8 engine made its debut today.
  30. 31st March 1933: The “Sopeton News” in Georgia became the first newspaper to publish using pine pulp paper.
  31. 31st March 1933: The Civilian Conservation Corps was today authorized by the U.S. Congress to relieve rampant unemployment.
  32. 31st March 1939: Britain and France today agreed to support Poland if Germany threatened an invasion.
  33. 31st March 1940: The La Guardia airport was today officially opened to the public.
  34. 31st March 1941: Germany began a counter-offensive in North Africa.
  35. 31st March 1946: Elections in Greece were won by the Monarchists.

  36. 31st March 1947: John L. Lewis called for a sympathy strike in sympathy for miners killed in an explosion in Centralia in Illinois, on 25th
  37. 31st March 1949: Newfoundland became the 10 provinces in the Canadian Confederation.
  38. 31st March 1949: Winston Churchill today declared that the Atom Bomb was the only thing that kept the USSR from taking over Europe.
  39. 31st March 1953: Dag Hammarskjold was today nominated as the Secretary-General of the UN Security Council.
  40. 31st March 1954: The USSR today offered to join NATO.
  41. 31st March 1958: USSR today suspended nuclear weapons tests. It has urged the US and Britain to do the same.
  42. 31st March 1958: The Atomic Submarine Division was formed by the U.S. Navy today.
  43. 31st March 1960: A state of emergency was declared by the South African government after demonstrations led to the death of more than 50 Africans.
  44. 31st March 1961: Aklilou Habtewold, today became the first premier of Ethiopia.
  45. 31st March 1963: Los Angeles ends streetcar service today after 90 days.

  46. 31st March 1964: The military in Brazil chased President Jango Goulart out of office today.
  47. 31st March 1965: Iberia Airlines Convair 440 crashes into the sea while on approach to Tangier killing about 50 occupants.
  48. 31st March 1966: The Soviet Union today launched Luna 10. It became the first spacecraft to enter the lunar orbit.
  49. 31st March 1966: The British parliamentary elections were won by the Labour Party led by Harold Wilson.
  50. 31st March 1966: About 200,000 anti-war demonstrators took out a march in New York City today.
  51. 31st March 1967: The Consular Treaty, the first bilateral pact with the Soviet Union since the Bolshevik Revolution was today signed by US President Lyndon Johnson.
  52. 31st March 1968: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson today announced that he will not seek re-election.
  53. 31st March 1968: Pirate Radio Station Pegaus (NZ) begins its transmission.
  54. 31st March 1970: After 12 years in orbit, Explorer 1 re-enters the Earth’s orbit today.

  55. 31st March 1970: The US forces in Vietnam shot down a MIG-21. It was the first since Sept 68. To Milwaukee..
  56. 31st March 1970: Federal bankruptcy court allows Seattle Pilots to be sold
  57. 31st March 1971: William Calley was today sentenced to life for the Mi Lai Massacre.
  58. 31st March 1971: The South African national debt touches 5.45 billion.
  59. 31st March 1972: Today was the final day for the rum ration in the Royal Canadian Navy.
  60. 31st March 1978: USSR today launched its navigational satellite “Kosomos 1000”.
  61. 31st March 1979: Malta declares Freedom Day today as the last of the British soldiers leave the Maltese Islands.
  62. 31st March 1980: The banking industry in the United States was today deregulated by President Carter.
  63. 31st March 1980: The Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific railroad today operated its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets due to bankruptcy and debt owed to creditors.
  64. 31st March 1981: Four of the five Indonesian terrorists were killed in Bangkok, Thailand. They had hijacked an airplane on March 28th.
  65. 31st March 1982: Arkas tanker at Montz La, spills 1.47 million gallons of oil.
  66. 31st March 1983: There was an earthquake in Columbia that killed about 5000 people.
  67. 31st March 1984: The United States performed a nuclear test at its Nevada test site today.
  68. 31st March 1985: El Salvador’s President Jose Napoleon Duarte’ Christian Democratic Party wins the election.

  69. 31st March 1985: The 200th episode of “The Love Boat” was today aired by ABC-TV.
  70. 31st March 1986: Six metropolitan county councils were abolished in England.
  71. 31st March 1986: English Hampton Court palace was destroyed by fire today. One person died.
  72. 31st March 1986: A Mexican Airlines Boeing 727 crashed in Los Angeles killing 167 people.
  73. 31st March 1988: In Gent Belgium today, the last East Limburg coal mine closed.
  74. 31st March 1989: A fishing rights pact was signed today by Canada and France.
  75. 31st March 1990: Riots over the new poll tax laws, began in London today.
  76. 31st March 1991: The northern city of Kirkuk was today recaptured by the Iraqi forces from Kurdish guerillas.
  77. 31st March 1991: The Establishment of Islamic Constitutional Movement – Hadas in Kuwait.
  78. 31st March 1991: In a multiparty election in Albania which was held for the first time in 50 years Incumbent President Ramiz Alia won.
  79. 31st March 1991: The Soviet Rep of Georgia endorsed independence. Warsaw Pact was dissolved.

  80. 31st March 1992: The UN Security Council voted to ban flights and arms sales to Libya.
  81. 31st March 1993: Brandon Lee was accidentally killed today while filming a movie.
  82. 31st March 1994: It was announced today by “Nature” magazine that a complete skull of Australopithecus aphaeresis, humankind’s earliest ancestor, was found in Ethiopia.
  83. 31st March 1996: Space Shuttle STS 76(Atlatis 16) landed today.
  84. 31st March 1996: Today’s shortwave broadcast of Radio Canada International was its final shortwave broadcast.
  85. 31st March 1997: NASA’s Pioneer 10 ends its mission today.
  86. 31st March 1998: Budd Hackett received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  87. 31st March 1998: An arms embargo was today imposed on Yugoslavia by the U.N. Security Council.
  88. 31st March 1998: Under the Clinton administration, for the first time in U.S. History the federal government released a detailed financial statement.
  89. 31st March 1999: Fabio received a one-inch cut across his nose when he was hit in the face by a bird during a promotional ride of a new roller coaster at Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Vancouver.
  90. 31st March 1999: Three U.S. soldiers were captured by Yugoslav soldiers today, three miles from the border of Macedonia.

    21st Century – March 31 This Day In History – The 2000s

  91. 31st March 2000: The number of deaths linked to a doomsday religious cult, the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments, was put by Ugandan officials at over 900. More than 530 perished in a fire at the cult’s church on March 17. Subsequently, mass graves were found at various sites linked to the cult.
  92. 31st March 2004: Four American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA were killed and their bodies mutilated after being ambushed in Fallujah in Iraq.
  93. 31st March 2004: Google Inc today announced the introduction of a free e-mail service called Gmail.
  94. 31st March 2004: Air America Radio launched five stations around the United States.
  95. 31st March 2007: About 2.2 million people took part in the first Earth Hour in Sydney Australia.
  96. 31st March 2008: Passenger service was permanently ended by Aloha Airlines, a bankrupt airline.
  97. 31st March 2013: Two people die of bird flu (type H7N9) in China.
  98. 31st March 2013: Flooding in Port Louis in Mauritius killed 11 people today.
  99. 31st March 2013: In a Nigerian Army raid, 14 Boko Haram suspects were killed.
  100. 31st March 2016: The iPhone SE was released by Apple today.

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