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Born March 31st
1809: Edward Fitzgerald, American writer.
1809: Nikolai V. Gogol, Russian writer (The Inspector General, Dead Souls).
1811: Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, chemist, inventor of the Bunsen burner.
1854: Sir Dugald Clerk, inventor of the two-stroke motorcycle engine.
1878: Jack Johnson, first Africa-American boxer to become the world heavyweight champion.
March 31st
in history
1776: Abigail Adams writes to husband John that women are determined to foment a rebellion if the new Declaration of Independence fails to guarantee their rights.
1779: Russia and Turkey sign a treaty by which they promise to take no military action in the Crimea.
1790: In Paris, France, Maximilien Robespierre is elected president of the Jacobin Club.
1836: The first monthly installment of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens is published in London.
1862: Skirmishing between Rebels and Union forces takes place at Island 10 on the Mississippi River.