January 31: Day of the Week
January 31, 2017 was the 31st day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 334 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
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.
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January 31 Historical Event(s)
- 1504France cedes Naples to Aragon.
- 1814Gervasio Antonio de Posadas becomes Supreme Director of Argentina.
- 1849Corn Laws are abolished in the United Kingdom (following legislation in 1846).
- 1865American 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.
- 1915World War I: Germany uses poison gas against Russia
- 1938New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- 1966The Soviet Union launches the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft as part of the Luna program.
- 1971The 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.
- 1995President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.
- 1996An 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.
Who were born on January 31?
- 1624Arnold Geulincx, Flemish philosopher (d. 1669)
- 1896Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1966)
- 1926Tom Alston, American baseball player (d. 1993)
- 1931Christopher Chataway, English athlete, newscaster and politician
- 1944Charlie Musselwhite, American musician
- 1947Jonathan Banks, American actor
- 1971Lee Young Ae, South Korean actress
- 1977Kerry Washington, American actress
- 1979Daniel Tammet, British savant and author
- 1981Julio Arca, Argentinian football player
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