31 January

31 January

January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 334 days remain until the end of the year. 

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about January 31st, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 31st in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Backwards Day
  • Inspire Your Heart With Art Day
  • National Gorilla Suit Day
  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – January 31

2011: Myanmar’s first elected parliament in half a century convenes

The event underlined a general move towards democracy in the country.

2000: Alaska Airlines flight 261 crashes into the sea

The MD-83 experienced horizontal stabilizer problems before descending into the Pacific Ocean, killing all 88 on board.

1996: A suicide bombing in Sri Lanka kills 91 people

Separatist Tamil Tigers detonated a truck loaded with explosives in front of the central bank in Colombo.

1961: Ham the Chimp travels into outer space

The chimpanzee survived the US Mercury Program test flight with just a bruised nose.

1865: The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is passed

The Amendment, which officially abolished slavery, was adopted on December 6, 1865.

1939: View of Midtown Manhattan, 1939 by Alfred Eisenstaedt

View of Midtown Manhattan, 1939 by Alfred Eisenstaedt

1935: Miss Idaho, bizarre potato photoshoot, 1935.

Miss Idaho, bizarre potato photoshoot, 1935.

Nicole Kidman in the 80’s.

Nicole Kidman in the 80’s.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, January 31

1982: Elena Paparizou, Greek/Swedish singer-songwriter

1975: Preity Zinta, Indian actress

1937: Philip Glass, American composer

1919: Jackie Robinson, American baseball player

1797: Franz Schubert, Austrian composer

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, January 31

1969: Meher Baba, Indian mystic

1956: A. A. Milne, English author

1954: Edwin Armstrong, American engineer, invented FM radio

1888: John Bosco, Italian priest, educator

1606: Guy Fawkes, English soldier, planned the Gunpowder Plot


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