On This Day

What Happened on March 31, 1996

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • "A Midsummer Night's Dream" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 66 performances
  • "Getting Away With Murder" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 17 performances
  • 15th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Georgia, 83-65; 3 Volunteers in All-Tournament team: Michelle Marciniak, Chamique Holdsclaw, Tiffani Johnson
  • First time in MLB history, the regular season opens in March with Seattle Mariners beating Chicago White Sox, 3-2 in 12 innings at the Kingdome, Seattle

Sport awardGolf Major

Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Patty Sheehan wIns by 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Meg Mallon, Kelly Robbins and Annika Sörenstam

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Fred Couples shoots a final round 64 to win his 2nd PC title, 4 strokes ahead of runners-up Colin Montgomerie and Tommy Tolles

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • Radio Canada International's final shortwave broadcast
  • Ranji Trophy Cricket Final, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Madras: Karnataka (Vijay Bharadwaj 146 of 8/620) beats Tamil Nadu (370) on 1st innings
  • Space Shuttle STS 76 (Atlantis 16), lands
  • WrestleMania XII, Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, CA - Shawn Michaels beats Bret Hart for WWF Heavyweight title

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Actor and director Clint Eastwood (65) weds news anchor Dina Ruiz (30) in Las Vegas

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood

Famous Deaths

  • Dante Giacosa, engineer/designer, dies at 91
  • Dario Bellezza, Italian poet, dies of AIDS at 51
  • Jeffrey Lee Pierce, American singer and songwriter (The Gun Club), dies at 37
  • Julius Young, fast food entrepreneur, dies at 73