What Happened on March 31

Historical Events

  • 1146 Bernard of Clairvaux preaches his famous sermon in a field at Vézelay, urging the necessity of a Second Crusade. Louis VII is present, and joins the Crusade.
  • 1492 Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Aragon issue the Alhambra Decree which expels Jews from their Kingdoms of Castile and Aragon
  • 1657 English Parliament makes the Humble Petition to Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell offering him the crown: he declines
  • 1920 British parliament accepts Irish Home Rule law
  • 1965 US orders first combat troops to Vietnam
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Did You Know?

Eiffel Tower officially opens in Paris. Built for the Exposition Universelle, at 300m high it retains the record for the tallest man made structure for 41 years.

On March 31, 1889

Famous Weddings

  • 307 Roman Emperor Constantine marries Fausta, daughter of the Emperor Maximian, later murdering her in 326
  • 1834 Religious leader Brigham Young (32) weds herbalist Mary Ann Angell (27)
  • 1993 Actor and writer Larry David (45) weds environmental activist Laurie Lennard (35)
  • 1996 Actor and director Clint Eastwood (65) weds news anchor Dina Ruiz (30) in Las Vegas
  • 2006 Long jumper gold medalist Bronwyn Thompson (28) weds Jason Chipperfield at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane, Australia

Famous Divorces

  • 2010 "Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (32) divorces actress Heather Ann McComb (33) after almost 7 years of marriage
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