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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is martes.
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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.
- 1919The Battle of George Square takes place in Glasgow, Scotland.
- 19303M begins marketing Scotch Tape.
- 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.
- 1946Yugoslavia’s new constitution, modeling the Soviet Union, establishes six constituent republics (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia).
- 1950President Harry S. Truman announces a program to develop the hydrogen bomb.
- 1958Explorer program: Explorer 1 – The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit.
- 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.
- 1995New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Pig in Chinese astrology.
- 2009In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.
Who were born on January 31?
- 1597John Francis Regis, French saint (d. 1640)
- 1759François Devienne, French composer (d. 1803)
- 1820William B. Washburn, American politician and 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)
- 1896Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1966)
- 1933Bernardo Provenzano, Sicilian organized crime figure
- 1951Phil Manzanera, English guitarist (Roxy Music, Quiet Sun, 801)
- 1967Joey Wong, Taiwanese actress
- 1974Othella Harrington, American basketball player
- 1977Bobby Moynihan, American comedian (Saturday Night Live)
- 1978Ray Shah, Irish radio presenter
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