January 31: Day of the Week
January 31, 2019 was the 31st day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 334 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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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)
- 1814Gervasio Antonio de Posadas becomes Supreme Director of Argentina.
- 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.
- 1943German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus surrenders to the Soviets at Stalingrad, followed 2 days later by the remainder of his Sixth Army, ending one of World War II’s fiercest battles.
- 1944World War II: American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.
- 1945World War II: About 3,000 inmates from the Stutthof concentration camp are forcibly marched into the Baltic Sea at Palmnicken (now Yantarny, Russia) and executed.
- 1958Explorer program: Explorer 1 – The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit.
- 1958James Van Allen discovers the Van Allen radiation belt.
- 1990The first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow.
- 2033New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Ox in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on January 31?
- 1597John Francis Regis, French saint (d. 1640)
- 1865Shastriji Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1951)
- 1937Philip Glass, American composer
- 1962Sophie Muller, British music video director
- 1968Patrick Stevens, Belgian athlete
- 1974Othella Harrington, American basketball player
- 1976Traianos Dellas, Greek footballer
- 1985Kalomira, Greek singer
- 1987Kenny McKinley, American football player (d. 2010)
- 1990Nicolò De Cesare, Italian footballer
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