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 French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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Here’s the March calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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.
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March 31 Historical Event(s)
- 1774American Revolutionary War: The Kingdom of Great Britain orders the port of Boston, Massachusetts closed pursuant to the Boston Port Act.
- 1854Commodore Matthew Perry signs the Treaty of Kanagawa with the Japanese government, opening the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade.
- 1889The Eiffel Tower is officially opened.
- 1903Richard Pearse allegedly makes a powered flight in an early aircraft.
- 1921The Royal Australian Air Force is formed.
- 1942World War II: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession.
- 1951Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau.
- 1965An Iberia Airlines Convair 440 crashes into the sea on approach to Tangier, killing 47 of 51 occupants.
- 1970Explorer 1 re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere after 12 years in orbit.
- 1994Human evolution: The journal Nature reports the finding in Ethiopia of the first complete Australopithecus afarensis skull.
Who were born on March 31?
- 250Constantius Chlorus, Roman Emperor (d. 306)
- 1884Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-born American astronomer (d. 1946)
- 1906Shin'ichiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
- 1945Valerie Curtin, American actress, writer, and producer
- 1948Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States and Nobel laureate
- 1948Rhea Perlman, American actress
- 1972Andrew Bowen, American actor
- 1974Stefan Olsdal, Swedish bassist (Placebo)
- 1975Adam Green, American film director
- 1987Humpy Koneru, Indian chess grandmaster
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