What Happened on March 31, 1996

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

Golf 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

PGA 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

  • 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

1996 History

Famous Weddings

Clint Eastwood

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

Famous Deaths

  • Dante Giacosa, Italian engineer and automobile designer (Fiat), 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

About March 31, 1996

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 26 years, 11 months and 22 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aries

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Because You Loved Me (From "Up Close & Personal") - Celine Dion
  • UK #1 Song: Firestarter - The Prodigy