About January 31

January 31, 2024 is the 31st day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 335 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Aquarius is the sun 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 10 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 31

  • 1606
    Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes is executed for his plotting against Parliament and James I of England.
  • 1747
    The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.
  • 1814
    Gervasio Antonio de Posadas becomes Supreme Director of Argentina.
  • 1849
    Corn Laws are abolished in the United Kingdom (following legislation in 1846).
  • 1862
    Alvan Graham Clark discovers the white dwarf star Sirius B, a companion of Sirius, through an 18.5 in telescope now located at Northwestern University.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: The United States Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, abolishing slavery, submitting it to the states for ratification.
  • 1867
    Maronite nationalist leader Youssef Karam leaves Lebanon on board a French ship bound for Algeria
  • 1900
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rat in Chinese astrology.
  • 1919
    The Battle of George Square takes place in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1930
    3M begins marketing Scotch Tape.
  • 1942
    World War II: Allied forces are defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya and retreat to the island of Singapore.
  • 1944
    World War II: American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.
  • 1945
    US Army private Eddie Slovik is executed for desertion, the first such execution of an American soldier since the Civil War.
  • 1946
    Yugoslavia’s new constitution, modeling the Soviet Union, establishes six constituent republics (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia).
  • 1950
    President Harry S. Truman announces a program to develop the hydrogen bomb.
  • 1953
    A North Sea flood causes over 1,800 deaths in the Netherlands.
  • 1968
    Viet Cong attack the United States embassy in Saigon, and other attacks, in the early morning hours, later grouped together as the Tet Offensive.
  • 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.
  • 1996
    An explosives-filled truck rams into the gates of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka killing at least 86 and injuring 1,400.
  • 2000
    Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crash: An MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 aboard.

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