Events in Film & TV on March 31

  • 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

Film Release

1939 "The Hound of Baskervilles" first of 14 films starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson is released

Television Premiere

1957 Rodgers & Hammerstein's live television musical "Cinderella", starring Julie Andrews, with Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley, premieres on CBS-TV

  • 1961 8th National Film Awards (India): "Anuradha" wins the Golden Lotus

Music History

1969 George Harrison and Pattie Boyd are fined £250 each for illegal drugs

  • 1981 1st Golden Raspberry Awards: "Can't Stop the Music" wins

Film & TV History

1983 "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life," is released in the US

Television Premiere

1990 "Carol & Company" starring Carol Burnett premieres on NBC-TV

  • 1994 Actor James Farentino pleads no contest to stalking ex-girlfriend Tina Sinatra


1996 WrestleMania XII, Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, CA - Shawn Michaels beats Bret Hart for WWF Heavyweight title

  • 1997 "Daytime to Remember" a series showing old soaps premieres on ABC-TV

Film Release

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

Music History

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