On This Day

Historical Events on March 31 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 225 of 225

  • 1997 "Daytime to Remember" a series showing old soaps premieres on ABC-TV
  • 1997 NASA's Pioneer 10 ends its mission
  • 1997 59th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Arizona beats Kentucky, 84-79 (OT); Wildcats' first title in first title game
  • 1997 West Indies cricketers win 3rd Test at Bridgetown, Barbados by 38 runs after setting India a modest 120 run target; tourists dismissed for 81 in Brian Lara's debut as Windies' captain
  • 1998 Expansion clubs, Tampa Bay and Arizona both suffer bad losses in their MLB debuts; Devil Rays lose, 11-6 to the Detroit Tigers and the Diamondbacks fall, 9-2 to Colorado Rockies
  • 1998 Milwaukee becomes first team since the inception of the American League in 1901 to switch MLB leagues; Brewers lose first NL game, 2-1 to the Braves in Atlanta

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1999 "10 Things I Hate About You", a modernization of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, is released

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2001 German brothers Michael and Ralf Schumacher become first siblings to share front row of the grid in a Formula 1 World Championship event; qualify 1st and 2nd respectively for Brazilian GP in São Paulo

Formula 1 Driver Ralf Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Ralf Schumacher
  • 2002 21st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Oklahoma, 82-70; Huskies conclude perfect season (39-0)

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2002 Andre Agassi wins his 700th career match and captures his second straight Key Biscayne title with a 6–3, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4 win over Roger Federer at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Florida

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2002 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Defending champion Annika Sörenstam of Sweden shoots a final round 68 to win, 1 stroke ahead of compatriot Liselotte Neumann

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2003 Cincinnati Reds open their new home, The Great American Ball Park, with a 10-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates; former President George H. W. Bush throws first ceremonial pitch

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 2004 In Fallujah, Iraq, 4 American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed and their bodies mutilated after being ambushed.
  • 2004 Australian swimmer Lisbeth Lenton breaks Inge de Bruijn's 4-year old 100m freestyle women's world record in 53.66s at the Australian Olympic trials in Sydney
  • 2004 With a 12-1 defeat of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in Tokyo, NY Yankees starter Kevin Brown becomes only the 2nd pitcher in MLB history to have beaten all 30 teams
  • 2007 In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people take part in the first Earth Hour.
  • 2008 Aloha Airlines, a bankrupt airline, permanently ends passenger service
  • 2009 "Boom Boom Pow" single released by The Black Eyed Peas (Grammy Award for Best Music Video 2010, Billboard Song of the Year 2009)
  • 2012 Fiji Floods kill 2 people and force thousands to be evacuated
  • 2013 14 Boko Haram suspects are killed in a Nigerian Army raid
  • 2013 11 people are killed in flooding at Port Louis, Mauritius
  • 2013 2 people die from bird flu (type H7N9) in China
  • 2017 Mudslides caused by heavy rains sweep through Mocoa, Colombia killing more than 200

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2019 Elton John joins George Clooney's call to boycott hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei after Brunei plans new anti-gay laws to make homosexual sex punishable by death

  • 2019 Rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle fatally shot outside his clothing store in Los Angeles