About March 31

March 31, 2024 is the 91st day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 275 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Aries is the sun 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 304 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On March 31

  • 1774
    American Revolutionary War: The Kingdom of Great Britain orders the port of Boston, Massachusetts closed pursuant to the Boston Port Act.
  • 1822
    The massacre of the population of the Greek island of Chios by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire following an attempted rebellion, depicted by the French artist Eugène Delacroix.
  • 1854
    Commodore Matthew Perry signs the Treaty of Kanagawa with the Japanese government, opening the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade.
  • 1885
    The United Kingdom establishes a protectorate over Bechuanaland.
  • 1903
    Richard Pearse allegedly makes a powered flight in an early aircraft.
  • 1906
    The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (later the National Collegiate Athletic Association) is established to set rules for college sports in the United States.
  • 1917
    The United States takes possession of the Danish West Indies after paying $25 million to Denmark, and renames the territory the United States Virgin Islands.
  • 1918
    Massacre of ethnic Azerbaijanis is committed by allied armed groups of Armenian Revolutionary Federation and Bolsheviks. Nearly 12,000 Azerbaijani Muslims are killed.
  • 1921
    The Royal Australian Air Force is formed.
  • 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.
  • 1931
    TWA Flight 599 crashes near Bazaar, Kansas killing 8 including Knute Rockne, head football coach at the University of Notre Dame
  • 1959
    The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, crosses the border into India and is granted political asylum.
  • 1966
    The Soviet Union launches Luna 10 which later becomes the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon.
  • 1970
    Explorer 1 re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere after 12 years in orbit.
  • 1970
    Nine terrorists from the Japanese Red Army hijack Japan Airlines Flight 351 at Tokyo International Airport, wielding samurai swords and carrying a bomb.
  • 1991
    The Islamic Constitutional Movement, or Hadas, is established in Kuwait.
  • 1992
    The USS Missouri, the last active United States Navy battleship, is decommissioned in Long Beach, California.
  • 1994
    Human evolution: The journal Nature reports the finding in Ethiopia of the first complete Australopithecus afarensis skull.
  • 1995
    Selena, an American singer, was murdered by her friend and employee of her boutiques Yolanda Saldívar who was embezzling money from the establishments. The event was named “Black Friday” by Hispanics.
  • 2004
    Iraq War in Anbar Province - In Fallujah, Iraq, 4 American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed after being ambushed.

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