On This Day

What Happened on March 31

Important 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 I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon issue the Alhambra Decree which expels Jews from their kingdoms
  • 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
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March 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

March 31 in Music

March 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 (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 (44) weds fashion house executive Doris Kleiner (32) in Mexico City

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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