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March 31: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Did you know that on this day, March 31, 1889, the iconic Eiffel Tower was officially opened?

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March 31st is known as International Transgender Day of Visibility and Crayola Crayon Day.

Today marks the 91st day of the year. We’re slowly getting through the year, but still have 275 days remaining until the end of the year.

Let’s celebrate this special day by finding out all the major happenings and events that fell on this day throughout history. We are certain they’ll quench your thirst for knowledge!

Did you know that on this day in 1889, the iconic Eiffel Tower was officially opened? It remained the tallest man-made tower for 41 years.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about March 31st in history!

Events

What memorable events happened on March 31 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2023

Italy banned the use of OpenAI’s ChatGPT over data security concerns.

OTD in 2023: Italy banned the use of OpenAI’s ChatGPT over data security concerns.

Instead of responding to the concerns raised by Italy’s data privacy regulators, OpenAI simply pulled the plug for Italian users. ChatGPT was restored the following month with changes that allowed users to prevent the chatbot from using their data.

2018

The first protests of the 2018 Armenian Revolution began.

1999

The Matrix was released in the US and grossed over $460 million worldwide.

OTD in 1999: The Matrix was released in the US and grossed over $460 million worldwide.

1999

Romantic comedy “10 Things I hate About You” was released.

The movie was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” written in the late 16th Century.

1991

A referendum in the Republic of Georgia took place to vote on the country’s independence.

It passed with 99.5% voter approval.

1988

Toni Morrison won a Pulitzer Prize Award for her novel “Beloved.”

It was an adaptation of the horrors enslaved people had to live through.

1981

The first Golden Raspberry Awards took place in John Wilson’s living room.

The first Razzie Award went to “Can’t Stop the Music.”

1966

Luna 10 was launched by the USSR and became the first satellite to orbit the moon.

1923

The first dance marathon took place in New York City, US.

Alma Cummings set a record of 27 hours dancing with six different partners.

1922

The Hinterkaifeck Murders occurred, where six people were brutally killed on a remote farmstead in Germany, and the killer was never identified.

OTD in 1922: The Hinterkaifeck Murders occurred

1918

The US daylight saving time went into effect.

1889

The iconic Eiffel Tower officially opened and was the tallest man-made tower for 41 years.

1736

Bellevue Hospital opened the NYC Almshouse, the first public hospital in the US.

OTD in 1736: Bellevue Hospital opened the NYC Almshouse

The Bellevue Hospital only had six beds at the time, and NYC had a population of just over 8,000 people.

1657

The British Parliament offered Oliver Cromwell the British throne.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Ewan McGregor? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1971

Ewan McGregor

Scottish

Actor

Ewan McGregor

Age:

53 years old

Born In:

Scotland, UK

1943

Christopher Walken

American

Actor

Christopher Walken

Age:

81 years old

Born In:

New York, USA

1685

Johann Sebastian Bach

German

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Died On:

Jul 28, 1750 (Age 65)

Born In:

Eisenach, Germany

1948

Al Gore

American

Politician

Al Gore

Age:

76 years old

Born In:

Washington D.C., USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, March 31st has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…

1643

1727

Isaac Newton

English

Mathematician

Isaac Newton

1643

1727

Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton was an English mathematician born on January 4, 1643. He died on this day in 1727, at age 84 in Kensington, Middlesex, England, UK.

Died On:

Mar 31, 1727 (Age 84)

Died In:

England, UK

1965

1993

Brandon Lee

American

Actor

Brandon Lee

1965

1993

Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee was an American actor born on February 1, 1965. He died on this day in 1993, at age 28 in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA.

Died On:

Mar 31, 1993 (Age 28)

Died In:

North Carolina, USA

Quotes

Here we have the most notable quotes that have been said on this day throughout history.

1895

We all make mistakes, and it is better to make them before we begin.

1849

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

American Writer

Special Holidays

Here are some interesting holidays that are celebrated on this day.

March 31: National Crayola Crayon Day
United States

National Crayola Crayon Day

It’s time to embrace your inner child and get back to your books, as it’s Crayola Crayon Day! Celebrate this colorful day by doodling to your heart’s content, or maybe try hosting a coloring competition with your friends!

March 31: International Transgender Day of Visibility
International

International Transgender Day of Visibility

Thankfully we now live in a world where people are encouraged to live true to who they are. Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility and celebrates transgender persons while creating awareness of the discrimination they may still face.

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

When Pink Floyd designed the “Animals” album cover, the inflatable pig tied to the power station broke free, causing Heathrow Airport to cancel all their flights.

Birthday & Zodiac

Everyone who was born on this day shares the same zodiac sign, Aries.

Aries like to be on the move and travel at a faster pace than most other people. This can sometimes make it difficult for most people to keep up.

For all of you who were born in March, your allocated birthstone is aquamarine. Aquamarine is a beautiful sea-green crystal that is associated with tranquility, serenity, clarity, and harmony.

If you were born on March 31st, you were likely conceived on the week of July 8th in the previous year.

Babies conceived on this day will be due around December 22nd, 2024.

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