What happened this day in history January 31

What are the important events that happened on January 31? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 31: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 31 is the 31st day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 334 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 18, 2023 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,918,720 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘triacontahenagon’ day.

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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 375 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,693 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 31 Historical Events

  • 1504
    France cedes Naples to Aragon.
  • 1606
    Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes is executed for his plotting against Parliament and James I of England.
  • 1848
    John C. Fremont is court-martialed for mutiny and disobeying orders.
  • 1918
    A series of accidental collisions on a misty Scottish night leads to the loss of two Royal Navy submarines with over a hundred lives, and damage to another five British warships.
  • 1929
    The Soviet Union exiles Leon Trotsky.
  • 1944
    World War II: During Anzio campaign 1st Ranger Battalion (Darby’s Rangers) is destroyed behind enemy lines in a heavily outnumbered encounter at Battle of Cisterna, Italy.
  • 1950
    President Harry S. Truman announces a program to develop the hydrogen bomb.
  • 1995
    President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.
  • 2003
    The Waterfall rail accident occurs near Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 2033
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Ox in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on January 31?

  • 1597
    John Francis Regis, French saint (d. 1640)
  • 1825
    Miska Magyarics, Slovene poet in Hungary (d. 1883)
  • 1938
    James G. Watt, American politician and 43rd United States Secretary of the Interior
  • 1938
    Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
  • 1939
    Claude Gauthier, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1942
    Derek Jarman, British director and writer (d. 1994)
  • 1951
    Dave Benton, Aruban singer
  • 1966
    Dexter Fletcher, English actor
  • 1975
    Jackie O, Australian radio host
  • 1978
    Ray Shah, Irish radio presenter

Who died on January 31?

  • 1435
    Emperor Xuande of China (b. 1398)
  • 1606
    Guy Fawkes – Gunpowder Plot conspirators (b. 1570)
  • 1892
    Charles Spurgeon, English preacher and evangelist (b. 1834)
  • 1933
    John Galsworthy, English writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1867)
  • 1954
    Edwin Howard Armstrong, American electrical engineer and inventor of the FM radio (b. 1890)
  • 1967
    Eddie Tolan, American athlete (b. 1908)
  • 1970
    Slim Harpo, American singer (b. 1924)
  • 2007
    Adelaide Tambo, South African activist, widow of Oliver Tambo (b. 1929)
  • 2007
    Kirill “Kirka” Babitzin, Finnish singer (b. 1950)
  • 2007
    Lee Bergere, American actor (b. 1924)

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