King Henry II of France was born on March the 31st 1519 at the Chateau de Saint Germain en Laye.
The great philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes was born in the Indre et Loire on this day in 1596. He spent two years in Paris studying mathematics during which time he met members of influential Parisian society. He began a law degree but chose instead to leave for the Netherlands and volunteer in the Dutch Army. Image courtesy of Wikipedia and on display in the Louvre:
His famous A Discourse on Method, Meditations on First Philosophy was published in 1637. Again here courtesy of Wikipedia :
John Harrison was baptised on March the 31st 1693 in Foulby Yorkshire. There is more information on Harrison here from the National Maritime Museum.
The composer Joseph Haydn was born on March the 31st 1732.
On this day in 1889 the Eiffel Tower was dedicated, as a monument to the passing of a hundred years since the French Revolution. The link I've included is slightly quirky...here the Eiffel Tower website.
The Saint with a Feast Day is Saint Benjamin.
This recipe for a Spring casserole sounds just right for today.