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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kayōbi.
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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.
January 31 Historical Event(s)
- 314Silvester I begins his reign as Pope of the Catholic Church, succeeding Pope Miltiades.
- 1504France cedes Naples to Aragon.
- 1848John C. Fremont is court-martialed for mutiny and disobeying orders.
- 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.
- 1953A North Sea flood causes over 1,800 deaths in the Netherlands.
- 1961Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 2 – Ham the Chimp travels into outer space.
- 1968Nauru gains independence from Australia.
- 1990The first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow.
- 1995New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Pig in Chinese astrology.
- 2000Alaska 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.
Who were born on January 31?
- 1820William B. Washburn, American politician and 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)
- 1902Nat Bailey, Canadian restaurateur (d. 1978)
- 1927Norm Prescott, American animation producer (d. 2005)
- 1928Chuck Willis, American singer and songwriter (d. 1958)
- 1931Christopher Chataway, English athlete, newscaster and politician
- 1941Jessica Walter, American actress
- 1971Lee Young Ae, South Korean actress
- 1971Patricia Velásquez, Venezuelan actress and model
- 1987Kenny McKinley, American football player (d. 2010)
- 1990Nicolò De Cesare, Italian footballer
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