Daily Almanac for March 31, 2024; Easter Sunday and the end of March

By Brenda June Temple

An Easter baby is actress Rhea Perlman, was born in 1948 and is 76 today. In this photo she is at the 1988 Emmy Awards. By photo by Alan Light, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Rhea Jo Perlman (born March 31, 1948) is an American actress. She is well-known for playing head waitress Carla Tortelli in the sitcom Cheers (1982–1993). Over the course of 11 seasons, Perlman was nominated for ten Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress, winning 4, and was nominated for a record six Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series. She has also appeared in films, including Canadian Bacon (1995), Matilda (1996), The Sessions (2012), Poms (2019), and Barbie (2023).


Perlman was born on March 31, 1948, in Coney IslandBrooklyn, to Philip Perlman, a Polish immigrant who was a manager at a doll parts factory and Adele, a bookkeeper. She grew up in Bensonhurst in a Jewish family with additional roots in Russia. She has a sister, Heide, who is a television writer, story editor, and producer who worked on CheersFrasier and The Tracey Ullman Show. In the mid-1980s, her parents moved to Los Angeles, and her father became an extra on Cheers. His character became known by his real name, Phil, and he managed to get a few lines over the years as he appeared in more than 30 episodes. He created a second career as a character actor, appearing in several films and television shows, including Throw Momma from the TrainHoffa, and Frasier.

She studied drama at Hunter College in New York, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968.


Easter in the western Christian church can occur as early as March 22 and as late as April 25. It is observed on the Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon (a fixed spring date set by the church). This Christian holy day celebrates the resurrection of Christ after his Crucifixion and was probably the earliest of the church’s annual festivals. Folk customs attached to the festival date from pre-Christian times. Eggs, traditionally forbidden during Lent, symbolize new life. The Easter Bunny recalls the hare, the Egyptian symbol of fertility. Easter may have derived its name from the Saxon goddess Eostre, whose feast was celebrated each spring at about this time. Or it may have derived from the word oster, meaning “rising.” Learn more about Easter.

Question of the Day

How long can an average person live without eating?

Without water, a human being can live just 20 days at most. A person with water will, generally speaking, last twice as long — 40 days.

Advice of the Day

No mother-in-law ever remembers that she was once a daughter-in-law.

Home Hint of the Day

Bluestone makes a good top layer for a gravel driveway. Bluestone is gravel that has been run through a rock crusher. Consisting of particles ranging from acorn size to rock dust, it compacts into a tough, durable surface.

Word of the Day


The celestial latitude of an object in the sky, measured in degrees north or south of the celestial equator; analogous to latitude on Earth.

Puzzle of the Day

How much dirt is there in a hole five feet deep, six feet long, and three feet wide?

None; there is no dirt in a hole.


  • Rene Descartes (philosopher) – 
  • Andrew Marvell (poet) – 
  • Franz Joseph Haydn (composer) – 
  • Robert Bunsen (chemist) – 
  • John La Farge (painter) – 
  • Jack Johnson (boxer) – 
  • Kenneth “Red” Norvo (musician) – 
  • Octavio Paz (poet) – 
  • William Daniels (actor) – 
  • Cesar Chavez (founder of United Farm Workers) – 
  • Liz Claiborne (fashion designer) – 
  • Shirley Jones (actress) – 
  • Richard Chamberlain (actor) – 
  • Christopher Walken (actor) – 
  • Rhea Perlman (actress) – 
  • Al Gore (45th U.S. vice president) – 
  • Pavel Bure (hockey player) – 
  • Ewan McGregor (actor) – 
  • Josh Saviano (actor) – 


  • Knute Rockne (football coach) – 
  • Brandon Lee (actor) – 
  • Frank Perdue (transformed a backyard egg business into one of the nation’s largest poultry processors, Perdue Farms) – 
  • Terri Schiavo (died after a national controversy about the legality of terminating her medical life-support system) – 
  • Bob Clarke (illustrator) – 


  • Abigail Adams wrote her husband, John, at the second Continental Congress about the proposed Declaration of Independence, Remember the ladies and be more favorable and generous to them than your ancestors.– 
  • President Van Buren issued executive order establishing 10-hour workday for federal employees– 
  • Commodore Matthew C. Perry signed Treaty of Kanagawa of friendship and trade with Japan– 
  • Wabash, Indiana, became first incorporated community to be completely illuminated by electricity– 
  • The Eiffel Tower was dedicated in Paris, France– 
  • United States took formal possession of Virgin Islands from Denmark– 
  • Daylight Saving Time, greeted by opposition from farmers, went into effect for first time– 
  • First dance marathon held in U.S.– 
  • Longview Bridge (Lewis and Clark Bridge) opened in Washington/Oregon– 
  • Act creating Civilian Conservation Corps for unemployed young men signed by President FDR– 
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma opened on Broadway– 
  • Newfoundland joined Canadian Federation as the tenth province– 
  • The Dalai Lama fleeing Chinese occupation of Tibet, was given political asylum by India– 
  • NATO Supreme Military Headquarters formally opened in Casteau, Belgium– 
  • In a television speech, President Lyndon Johnson announced he would neither seek nor accept nomination for another term– 
  • Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse Five, published– 
  • The first U.S. satellite, Explorer I, returned to the earth’s atmosphere more than 12 years after its launch– 
  • U.S. Army jury sentenced Lt. William Calley to life imprisonment for murder of S. Vietnamese civilians at My Lai in 1968– 
  • The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the mechanical life sustaining system could be removed from Karen Ann Quinlan– 
  • Team owners and the National Basketball Players Association agreed on a four-year labor contract which introduced revenue sharing for players for the first time in professional sports– 
  • New Jersey judge Harvey R. Sorkow awarded custody of Baby M” to William and Elizabeth Stern and ruled that the surrogate parents’ contracts were constitutionally protected”– 
  • Crayola announced that the color dandelion would be retired from its 24-crayon pack to be replaced by a color in the blue family– 


  • March 30-31: St. Louis, Missouri, got 20.4 inches of snow in 24 hours– 
  • The temperature reached 108 degrees F, Rio Grande City, Texas– 


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