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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 335 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 18, 2020 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,580,428,800 seconds 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 378 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 2,597 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 31 Historical Events

  • 1814
    Gervasio Antonio de Posadas becomes Supreme Director of Argentina.
  • 1891
    The first attempt at a Portuguese republican revolution breaks out in the northern city of Porto.
  • 1917
    World War I: Germany announces that its U-boats will resume unrestricted submarine warfare after a two-year hiatus.
  • 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.
  • 1958
    Explorer program: Explorer 1 – The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit.
  • 1961
    Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 2 – Ham the Chimp travels into outer space.
  • 1971
    The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begin in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 2009
    In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.
  • 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?

  • 1820
    William B. Washburn, American politician and 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • 1902
    Alva Myrdal, Swedish politician, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)
  • 1902
    Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (d. 1968)
  • 1928
    Chuck Willis, American singer and songwriter (d. 1958)
  • 1933
    Bernardo Provenzano, Sicilian organized crime figure
  • 1941
    Gerald McDermott, American filmmaker, children’s book author & illustrator
  • 1977
    Kate Shindle, American actress
  • 1982
    Andreas Görlitz, German football player
  • 1982
    Jānis Sprukts, Latvian hockey player
  • 1985
    Mario Williams, American football player

Who died on January 31?

  • 1580
    King Henry of Portugal (b. 1512)
  • 1632
    Joost Bürgi, Swiss clockmaker and mathematician (b. 1552)
  • 1665
    Johannes Clauberg, German theologian and philosopher (b. 1622)
  • 1729
    Jakob Roggeveen, Dutch explorer (b. 1659)
  • 1933
    John Galsworthy, English writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1867)
  • 1942
    Henry Larkin, American baseball player (b. 1860)
  • 1942
    Rolf Wenkhaus, German actor (b. 1917)
  • 2004
    Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (b. 1913)
  • 2007
    Lee Bergere, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2008
    Zeltim Odie Peterson, famous pug dog (b. 1997)

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