#31DaysofWomenMakingHistory: On this day in women’s history…

The 31st day of March has finally arrived and as we end our 31 Days of Women Making History, let us take a look back to learn about the women who made history on this day…

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

1492 – Queen Isabella issues the Alhambra decree, ordering Jewish subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion. (The same was done to Muslims in 1502.)

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

1930  The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next thirty eight years.

1969  George Harrison & Patti Boyd are fined £250 each for illegal drugs

1981 – 53rd Academy Awards – “Ordinary People”, R De Niro & Sissy Spacek win

1983 – Marsha Norman’s “‘night, Mother” premieres in NYC

1985 – 4th NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Old Dominion beats Ga 70-65

1991  10th NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Virginia 70-67

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

1994 – James Farentino pleads no contest to stalking ex-girl Tina Sinatra

1995 Selena was killed by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar. Saldivar had been fired for embezzlement. 

1996 – 15th NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Tenn beats Georgia 83-65

1996 – 25th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Patty Sheehan

1998 – The first Celebration of Female Artists Awards took place at The Grosvenor House in London. 

1998 – The video for “Good Times,” the only movie to star Sonny & Cher, hit stores. The video included an unreleased version of “I Got You Babe.” The movie was made in 1967. 

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

1999 – It was announced that tickets for the Cranberries‘ forthcoming U.S. tour would only be sold via the Internet at http://www.cranberries.com.

2002  21st NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: at San Antonio

2006  Long jumper gold medalist Bronwyn Thompson (28) weds Jason Chipperfield at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane, Australia

2006 – 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jana Pittman (23) weds track and field athlete Chris Rawlinson (33) at Morning Star Estate on Mornington Peninsula in Australia

2007  Brazilian television presenter Ana Maria Braga weds businessman Marcelo Frisoni in Morumbi, Sao Paulo

2011  Italian Canadian singer Michael Buble (35) weds actress and model Luisana Lopilato (23) in Buenos Aire


Happy Birthday To:

1360  Philippa of Lancaster, Queen consort of Portugal as wife of John I; her children became known as the “Illustrious Generation”

1425 – Bianca Maria Visconti, Duchess of Milan, active in the administration of the Duchy, known as “warrior woman” for her defense of Cremona against the Venetians

1576 – Countess Louise Juliana of Nassau, wife of Frederick IV, Elector Palatine, ruler in her son’s name after Frederick’s death

1718 – Mariana Victoria, Infanta of Spain, Queen of Portugal as wife of Joseph I, briefly regent near the end of Joseph’s life, advisor to her daughter Maria I of Portugal (d. 1781)

1823 – Mary Boykin Chesnut, American author, known for her diary, written during the American Civil War (d. 1886)

1833 – Gail Hamilton, pseudonym for Mary Abigail Dodge, American author, noted for promotion of women’s equality in education and occupation (d. 1896)

1872 – Alexandra Kollontai, Russian communist revolutionary and Soviet Ambassador to Norway

1911 – Elisabeth Grümmer, German soprano

1913 – Etta Baker, American singer and Piedmont blues guitarist

1916 – Lucille Bliss, American voice actress

1920  Marga [Sara Voeten-] Minco, Dutch writer (Bitter Herb)

1920 – Deborah_Cavendish,_Duchess_of_Devonshire, English Duchess, now Dowager Duchess

1923 – Shoshana Damari, Yemenite-Israeli singer, known as the “Queen of Hebrew Music”

1929 – Liz Claiborne, Belgian-born American fashion designer, founded Liz Claiborne Inc., first woman to be founder and CEO of a Fortune 500 company (d. 2007)

1934Shirley Jones, Singer, Actress (“The Partridge Family”)

1935 – Judith Rossner, Novelist

1936  Marge Piercy, author (Small Changes, Gone for Soldiers)

1938 – Sheila Dikshit, Indian politician, currently Chief Minister of Delhi

1948 – Rhea Perlman, Actress (“Cheers”), comedian

1950  Alison McCartney, pathologist/Breast Cancer campaigner

1957 – Mary Cadorette, East Hartford Ct, actress (Vicky-3’s a Crowd)

1960 – Anne Howard, actress (Nicole Love-Another World)

1964 – Isabelle Ferrari, Italy, (Italy’s Miss Teenager)

1965 – Patty Fendick, tennis star (1989 Auckland)

1967 – Nanci Bowen, Tifton GA, LPGA golfer (1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore)

1969 – Samantha Brown, American television host

1973  Vanessa Mambi, Miss Universe-Curacao (1996)

1974 – Carol Ann Plante, actress (Sara Henderson-Harry & the Hendersons)

1974 – Nina Georgala, Miss Universe-Greece (1996)

1976  Amanda Moody, Orem Utah, Miss America-Utah (1996)

1980 – Maaya Sakamoto, Japanese voice actor

1982  Jessica Joseph, Royal Oak Mich, dance skater (& Butler-1997 Natl)

1987  “Baby M” born to a surrogate mother, awarded to her dad William Stern


Rest in Peace:

1671 – Anne Hyde, Duchess of York and Albany as wife of James, Duke of York (later King James II and VII), mother of future sovereigns Mary II, Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland, and Anne, Queen of Great Britain (

1855 – Charlotte Brontë, English author, oldest of the three Brontë sisters, known for her novel Jane Eyre

1945 – Harriet Boyd Hawes, American archaeologist, nurse and relief worker, known as the director of an archaeological excavation to discover and excavate a Minoan settlement and palace site on the Aegean island of Crete

1972 – Meena Kumari, Indian actress, influential Hindi actresss, known for her tragic roles

1974  Andrea Checci, actress (2 Women, Assassin, Black Sunday), dies at 57

1985  Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun

1990  Lillian “Miss” Miller, audience member (Merv Griffin, Tonight), dies

1993 – Chichay, Filipino actress

1995 – Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known simply as Selena, American singer-songwriter, named “top Latin artist of the 90s”, Female Vocalist of the Year at Tejano Music Awards of 1987,  only woman to have five albums in the Billboard 200 simultaneously

1998  Bella Abzug, American politician

2003 – Anne Gwynne, American film actress

2005 – Terri Schiavo, American figure in right to die case

2010  Shirley Mills, American actress






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