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 This day in History - March 31
393 Historic Events for March 31
1934

Franz Ehrle, German jesuit/head of Vatican library, dies at 88

Death
1935

Fusahige Suzuki runs world record marathon (2:27:49)

Event
1935

Herb Alpert, bandleader/trumpeteer (Tijuana Brass)/CEO (A and M)

Birth
1935

Richard Chamberlain, Beverly Hills Calif, actor (Dr Kildare)

Birth
1935

Judith Rossner, US, writer (August)

Birth
1936

Marge Piercy, author (Small Changes, Gone for Soldiers)

Birth
1937

Willem Duyn, [Mouth], Dutch singer (Mouth and MacNeal)

Birth
1938

Willem J T Kloos, Dutch poet/critic (New Guide), dies at 78

Death
1938

Nathaniel Taylor, St Louis Mo, actor (Rollo-Sanford and Sons)

Birth
1939

Liz Claiborne, Brussels Belgium, fashion designer (women)

Birth
1939

Indriƫ Einarsson, Iceland playwright (Skipiƫ Sekkur), dies at 87

Death
1939

Britain and France agree to support Poland if invaded by Germany

Event
1940

Jim Criner, WLAF head coach (Scottish Claymores)

Birth
1940

Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (until 1956)

Event
1940

Barney Frank, (Rep-D-MA, 1981- )

Birth
1940

Patrick J Leahy, (Sen-D-VT, 1975- )

Birth
1941

Ground broken for Union Square Garage, SF

Event
1941

Germany begins a counter offensive in Africa

Event
1943

Christopher Walken, Astoria Queens, actor (Deer Hunter, Brainstorm)

Birth
1943

US errantly bombs Rotterdam, kills 326

Event
1944

Rod Allen, [B Rodney Bainbridge] rock bassist/vocalist (Fortunes)

Birth
1944

Mineichi Koga, admiral of Japanese fleet, dies

Death
1944

Hungary orders all Jews to wear yellow stars

Event
1945

US artillery lands on Keise Shima/begins firing on Okinawa

Event
1945

Tennessee Williams' "Glass Menagerie," premieres in NYC

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