January 31: Day of the Week
January 31, 2018 was the 31st day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 334 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.
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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.
- 1867Maronite nationalist leader Youssef Karam leaves Lebanon on board a French ship bound for Algeria
- 1876The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations.
- 1900Datu Muhammad Salleh is assassinated in Kampung Teboh, Tambunan, ending the Mat Salleh Rebellion
- 19303M begins marketing Scotch Tape.
- 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.
- 1945US Army private Eddie Slovik is executed for desertion, the first such execution of an American soldier since the Civil War.
- 1957New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- 1961Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 2 – Ham the Chimp travels into outer space.
- 1990The first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow.
Who were born on January 31?
- 1896Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1966)
- 1911Eddie Byrne, British actor (d. 1981)
- 1914Carey Loftin, American actor and stuntman (d. 1997)
- 1941Richard A. Gephardt, American politician
- 1964Sylvie Bernier, French-Canadian diver
- 1975Fred Coleman, American football player
- 1982Elena Paparizou, Greek singer
- 1988Justine Ozga, German tennis player
- 1990Jacopo Fortunato, Italian footballer
- 1990Nicolò De Cesare, Italian footballer
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