What Happened on March 31

Historical Events

Mar 31 in Film & TV

  • 1930 The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next 38 years
  • 1981 1st Golden Raspberry Awards: "Can't Stop the Music" wins

Mar 31 in Music

  • 1967 1st time Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar (and his fingers) at Finsbury Park Astoria theater in London: the guitar sold at auction for nearly $500K, the building is currently a church

Mar 31 in Sport

  • 1877 Test Cricket debut of feared Australian fast bowler Fred "The Demon" Spofforth; Australia loses 2nd Test by 4 wickets vs England at Melbourne Cricket Ground

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

Would You Believe?

Thomas Mundy Peterson of Perth Amboy, New Jersey is the first African American to vote in the US under provisions of the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, in a local election on town's charter

On March 31, 1870

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)
  • 1960 Actor Yul Brynner (39) weds fashion house executive Doris Kleiner (32) in Mexico City; divorce in 1967

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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