31st March

1685 Johann Sebastian Bach born, so listen to his Lullaby, The Art of Fugue (keyboard), Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (organ), Brandenburg Concertos, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Goldberg Variations

1732 Joseph Haydn born, so listen to the Surprise Symphony

1844 Andrew Lang born – so read his Fairy Books

 

1889 the Eiffel Tower is officially opened – so build it out of ice-cream wafers, Lego, or string! Read Madeline in Paris.

 

Transfer Day (US Virgin Islands celebrates transition from Denmark to US)

The US Virgin Islands were originally inhabited by Caribs and Arawaks when Colombus ‘discovered’ it in 1493 and named it after St Ursula and her virgin followers. The Danish West India Company began to settle it from 1672, taking over from Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and France who’d all had a turn. The Danish made sugarcane using slave labour until slaves were abolished in 1848. After that the economy wasn’t so great, so when during WWI America worried that Germany would take the islands in submarine warfare, Denmark agreed to sell them to the US for $25 million. The US took possession on 31 March 1917.

Other events today that might inspire your play:

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