On This Day

What Happened on March 31, 1986

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 167 die when Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashes
  • 48th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Duke, 72-69; first tournament to use a shot clock (initially set at 45 seconds)
  • English Hampton Court palace badly damaged by fire, 1 dead
  • Six metropolitan county councils are abolished in England.

Famous Birthdays

  • Cveta Majtanovi─ç, Serbian singer, winner of Pop Idol.

Famous Deaths

  • Jerry Paris, American director and actor (Jerry in The Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 60
  • O'Kelly Isley, American singer (Isley Brothers), dies of heart attack at 48