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March 31 Historical Events

The following events took place on March 31. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 47 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 307
    After divorcing his wife Minervina, Constantine marries Fausta, the daughter of the retired Roman Emperor Maximian.
  • 627
    Battle of the Trench: Muhammad undergoes a 14-day siege at Medina (Saudi Arabia) by Meccan forces under Abu Sufyan.
  • 1146
    Bernard of Clairvaux preaches his famous sermon in a field at Vézelay, urging the necessity of a Second Crusade. Louis VII is present, and joins the Crusade.
  • 1492
    Queen Isabella of Castille issues the Alhambra Decree, ordering her 150,000 Jewish and Muslim subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion.
  • 1561
    The city of San Cristóbal, Táchira is founded.
  • 1717
    A sermon on “The Nature of the Kingdom of Christ” by Benjamin Hoadly, the Bishop of Bangor, provokes the Bangorian Controversy.
  • 1774
    American Revolutionary War: The Kingdom of Great Britain orders the port of Boston, Massachusetts closed pursuant to the Boston Port Act.
  • 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.
  • 1854
    Commodore Matthew Perry signs the Convention of Kanagawa with the Japanese government, opening the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade.
  • 1866
    The Spanish Navy bombs the harbor of Valparaíso, Chile.
  • 1877
    The family with samurai antecedents that responded to the Saigō army in Ōita Nakatsu, rebels.
  • 1885
    The United Kingdom establishes the Bechuanaland Protectorate.
  • 1889
    The Eiffel Tower is officially opened.
  • 1899
    Malolos, capital of the First Philippine Republic, was captured by American forces.
  • 1903
    Richard Pearse allegedly makes a powered flight in an early aircraft.
  • 1906
    The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (later the National Collegiate Athletic Association) is established to set rules for college sports in the United States.
  • 1909
    Serbia accepts Austrian control over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • 1909
    Construction of the ill fated RMS Titanic begins.
  • 1910
    Six North Staffordshire Pottery towns federate to form modern Stoke-on-Trent.
  • 1913
    The Vienna Concert Society rioted during a performance of modernist music by Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Alexander von Zemlinsky, and Anton von Webern, causing a premature end to the concert due to violence; this concert became known as the Skandalkonzert.
  • 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.
  • 1918
    Massacre of ethnic Azerbaijanis is committed by allied armed groups of Armenian Revolutionary Federation and Bolsheviks. Nearly 12,000 Azerbaijani Muslims are killed.
  • 1918
    Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States for the first time.
  • 1921
    The Royal Australian Air Force is formed.
  • 1930
    The Motion Picture 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.
  • 1931
    An earthquake destroys Managua, Nicaragua, killing 2,000.
  • 1931
    TWA Flight 599 crashes near Bazaar, Kansas, killing eight, including University of Notre Dame head football coach Knute Rockne.
  • 1933
    The Civilian Conservation Corps is established with the mission of relieving rampant unemployment in the United States.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession.
  • 1945
    World War II: A defecting German pilot delivers a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1, the world’s first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft, to the Americans, the first to fall into Allied hands.

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