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Friday March 31, 2017

March 31: Day of the Week

March 31, 2017 was the 90th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 275 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.

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Here’s the March calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

March 31 Historical Event(s)

  • 1492
    Queen Isabella of Castille issues the Alhambra decree, ordering her 150,000 Jewish subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion.
  • 1822
    The massacre of the population of the Greek island of Chios by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire following an attempted rebellion, depicted by the French artist Eugène Delacroix.
  • 1917
    The United States takes possession of the Danish West Indies after paying $25 million to Denmark, and renames the territory the United States Virgin Islands.
  • 1921
    The Royal Australian Air Force is formed.
  • 1930
    The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film, in the U.S., for the next thirty eight years.
  • 1949
    The Dominion of Newfoundland joins the Canadian Confederation and becomes the 10th Province of Canada.
  • 1957
    Elections to the Territorial Assembly of the French colony Upper Volta are held. After the elections PDU and MDV form a government.
  • 1966
    The Soviet Union launches Luna 10 which later becomes the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon.
  • 1980
    The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets because of bankruptcy and debts owed to creditors.
  • 1991
    Georgian independence referendum, 1991: nearly 99 percent of the voters support the country’s independence from the Soviet Union.

Who were born on March 31?

  • 1916
    John H. Wood, Jr., American jurist (d. 1979)
  • 1922
    Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (d. 1999)
  • 1928
    Gordie Howe, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1929
    Bertram Fields, American lawyer
  • 1940
    Barney Frank, American politician
  • 1942
    Michael Savage, American radio host and political commentator
  • 1942
    Ulla Hoffmann, Swedish politician
  • 1959
    Ali McMordie, Irish bassist (Stiff Little Fingers)
  • 1980
    Dean Clark, English footballer
  • 1980
    Michael Ryder, Canadian ice hockey player

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