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Notable Historical Events for March 31st

1657English Parliament makes the Humble Petition to Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell offering him the crown: he declines

1547Henry II succeeds Francois I as king of France

1796Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "Egmont" premieres in Weimar

1980President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry

1939"The Hound of Baskervilles", starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson for the first time, is released

1945Tennessee Williams' "Glass Menagerie" premieres in NYC

1999"10 Things I Hate About You", a modernization of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, is released

1980Mike Weaver KOs John Tate in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1814Forces allied against Napoleon capture Paris

1973Ken Norton defeats Muhammad Ali in a 12 round split decision

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Notable Birthdays on March 31st

1927Cesar Chavez, Yuma Az, farm labor leader (United Farm Workers)

1519Henry II, King of France (1547-59)

1943Christopher Walken, Astoria Queens, actor (Deer Hunter, Brainstorm)

1685Johann Sebastian Bach, Eisenach Germany, composer (Mattheus-Passion)

1971Ewan McGregor, Perth Scotland, Scottish actor (Trainspotting)

1929Liz Claiborne, Brussels Belgium, American fashion designer, entrepreneur and founder of Liz Claiborne Inc (d. 2007)

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Notable Weddings on March 31st

1993Actor and writer Larry David (45) weds environmental activist Laurie Lennard (35)

307Roman Emperor Constantine marries Fausta, daughter of the Emperor Maximian, later murdering her in 326

1996Actor and director Clint Eastwood (65) weds news anchor Dina Ruiz (30) in Las Vegas

1834Religious leader Brigham Young (32) weds herbalist Mary Ann Angell (27)

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Notable Deaths on March 31st

1945Hans Fischer, German physicist (Nobel 1930), dies at 63

1850John C. Calhoun, American politician, dies of tuberculosis at 68

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