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This was 91st day of the year and 275 days remained in the year.

March 31 Birthdays

Cesar Chavez
1927–93, American agrarian labor leader, b. near Yuma, Arizona

René Descartes
scientist, philosopher (1596)

Franz Haydn
composer (1732)

Nikolai Gogol
short-story writer, novelist (1809)

Robert Wilhelm Bunsen
scientist (1811)

Johnson, Jack
boxer (1878)

Octavio Paz
poet and critic (1914)

Albert Gore, Jr.
former vice president (1948)

March 31 in History


Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain expelled Jews who would not accept Christianity.


The Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opened.


The United States took possession of the Virgin Islands.


Daylight Saving Time went into effect in the United States.


Newfoundland became Canada's tenth province.


The Dalai Lama, fleeing Chinese repression of an uprising in Tibet, arrived at the Indian border and was granted political asylum.


President Lyndon Johnson announced that he would not run for re-election.


Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 23, is shot by the president of her fan club in Corpus Christi, Texas.


Major League Baseball players agreed to end the sport’s longest strike in history after a judge ordered a preliminary injunction against team owners.


Terry Schiavo died 13 days after her feeding tube was removed.

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