January 31 in History – What happened on 31 January in Past

31 January - Today in History - Important historical events happened on this day in India and World History

According to Gregory calendar, January 31 is the day number 31 in a given year. January 31 has a special significance in India and world history, because many such incidents have occurred on this day which have been recorded forever in the pages of history. Let's know some such important events which will increase your general knowledge. The facts collected will be as follows: People born on this day, demise of famous people, war treaty, freedom of any country, invention of new technologies, change of power, important National and International Day etc.

January 31 in History - Top Historical Events

YearEvent / Incidence / Incident
314Sylvester I, during whose pontificate the great churches of Rome Were built, began his reign as pope.
1578Eighty Years' War: Spain won a crushing victory in the Battle of Gembloux, hastening the disintegration of the unity of the rebel provinces and bringing an end to the Union of Brussels.
1599Britain's first East India Company was established in India at the behest of Queen Elizabeth I of Britain.
1747The London Lock Hospital, the first clinic specialising in the treatment of venereal diseases, opened.
1747The Bangalore Disease Clinic opened for the first time at London Lock Hospital.
1801John Marshall became the fourth Chief Justice of the UnitedStates; his court opinions would help lay the basis for American Constitutional law and made the Supreme Court a coequal branches of government.
1801John Marshall was appointed as the Chief Justice of the United States.
1814Gervacio Antonio de Posadas was elected the chief director of Argentina.
1846After having come to blows over the construction of a bridge,the citizens of two neighboring towns united to form the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1850The largest mass movement started in China under the name Tae Pingha. Tae Pingha is a Chinese word which means public determination.
1862American astronomer Alvan Graham Clark first observed the faint white dwarf companion of Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.
1897The Kajekoslav Trade Union Association was established in Prague.
1900Datu Muhammad Salleh, leader of a series of major disturbances in North Borneo, was shot dead in Tambunan, but his followers did not give up for five more years.
1915During World War I, Germany used poisonous gas against Russia.
1919Intense rioting over labour conditions broke out in Glasgow, Scotland, and was only called when the British government sent tanks to restore order.
1942Second World War: Allied forces retreated from British Malaya to Singapore, ceding control of the country to Japan.
1946Yugoslavia disintegrated into six countries based on the model of the then Soviet Union (Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia).
1951United States last narrow gauge passenger train "San Juan Express" service terminated.
1953130 passengers and sailors were killed in a ferry accident in the Irish Sea. The British ferry Princess Victoria was heading to Northern Ireland when the accident occurred.
1958Explorer 1 the United States' first satellite, waslaunched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and became the first spacecraftto detect the Van Allen radiation belt.
1958The first American satellite Explorer I was placed into Earth's orbit.
1961Aboard NASA's Mercury-Redstone 2, Ham the Chimp became the first hominid launched into outer space.
1963The peacock was declared the national bird of India.
1971The Vietnam Veterans Against the War opened the Winter SoldierInvestigation, a three-day media event to publicize war crimes and otheratrocities by American forces and their allies during the Vietnam War.
1971Telephone service was re-established after a gap of 19 years between East and West Berlin.
1972Birendra Bir Bikram Shah became the 12th king of Nepal.
1983In the United Kingdom, access was made compulsory for seatbelt drivers and front seat passengers.
1987Ohrbach's department store closed in New York City after 64 years of operation.
1990The world's largest Macdonald store opened in Moscow, the capital of Russia.
1991The shortest NBA player Nugget's Michael Adams got triple double.
1992The famous and well known Sportscaster Howard Colliers from his job in the year 1992. People were unable to believe it.
1993In the 81st Australian Men's tennis Jim Courier beats S Edberg by (62 61 26 75) runs and it was a lucky day for Jim.
1994The grand theatre “Gran Tearlo de Lico” burned down due to some technical problems.
1994One of the famous player Dow Jones hit a record of 3,978.36.
1996Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake discovered Comet Hyakutake, which was one of the closest cometary approaches of the previous 200 years.
1996A suicide attack in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo killed 91 people and injured more than 1,400.
2000Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashed in the Pacific Ocean, California, killing 88 people.
2001Scottish judges sitting in court in the Netherlands convicted Libyan national Abdelbaset al-Megrahi of 270 counts of murder in thebombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
2004Famous playback singer and actress Suraiya Jamal Sheikh died.
2007Suspects were arrested in Birmingham, UK, accused of plotting to kidnap, and eventually behead, a Muslim British soldier serving in Iraq.
2007Indian steel company Tata Anglo became the fifth largest company in the world after the acquisition of Dutch steel company Corus.
2010Avatar became the first film to earn over $2 billion worldwide.
2011A new record took place Burma opened its new parliament. The news spread all over the world.
2011The people of Egypt vow to continue demonstrating until President Mubarak regime falls.
2012China government tightens its control of monasteries following deadly protests in Tibet.
2013A court granted Iceland's Blaer Bjarkardottir the right to use their own name, after previously ruling Blaer was only a man's name.
2013NASA revealed a lunar mining robot i.e., the Regolith Advanced Surface System Robot which could be used to produce fuel and water directly on the moon.
2013About 300 people were injured in a train accident in Pretoria in South Africa.



Famous Birthdays of January 31:

YearName / Profession / Country
1949Ken Wilber / Philosopher / United States of America
1854David Emmanuel / Academic / Romania
1982Allan McGregor / Footballer / Scotland
1994Kenneth Zohore / Footballer / Denmark
1921Mario Lanza / Actor / United States of America
1982Yukimi Nagano / Singer / Sweden
1955Virginia Ruzici / Tennis Player / Romania
1990Jacopo Fortunato / Footballer / Italy
1884Mammad Amin Rasulzade / Politician / Azerbaijan
1913Don Hutson / Footballer / United States of America
1921Carol Channing / Actress / United States of America
1931Christopher Chataway / Journalist / United Kingdom
1925Benjamin Hooks / Lawyer / United States of America
1985Adam Federici / Footballer / Australia
1937Philip Glass / Composer / United States of America
1948Muneo Suzuki / Politician / Japan
1881Irving Langmuir / Chemist / United States of America
1894Isham Jones / Composer / United States of America
1966Dexter Fletcher / Actor / United Kingdom
1799Rodolphe Töpffer / Author / Switzerland
1940Kitch Christie / Rugby Player / South Africa
1947Glynn Turman / Actor / United States of America
1946Medin Zhega / Footballer / Albania
1987Marcus Mumford / Writer / United States of America
1977Kerry Washington / Actress / United States of America
1969Dov Charney / Business Man / United States of America
1985Mario Williams / Footballer / United States of America
1931Ernie Banks / Baseball Player / United States of America
1942Daniela Bianchi / Actress / Italy
1977Jim Kleinsasser / Footballer / United States of America

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Read in Hindi : 31 जनवरी की प्रमुख ऐतिहासिक घटनाएं

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