A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on March 31st. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower was completed in Paris, France and has stood as a symbol of that city ever since.
On March 31, 1918, Daylight Saving Time (DST) went into effect for the first time.
On March 31, 1923, the first U.S. dance marathon ended in New York City but began a strange fad with sometimes fatal consequences!
On March 31, 1930, censorship came to Hollywood!
On March 31, 1992, the U.S. Navy decommissioned the USS Missouri, the last of the Iowa-class battleships.
On March 31, 2017, lab rats, chemistry students, and scientists celebrated Bunsen Burner Day, that ubiquitous lab fixture often seen heating secret potions in science fiction film labs.
On March 31, 2018, we looked back on a month replete with jerks, people that make life for the rest of us harder or less enjoyable.
On March 31, 2020, we discussed the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that is killing people across the country and the world and threatened to destroy our economy.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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