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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.
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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.
- 1849Corn Laws are abolished in the United Kingdom (following legislation in 1846).
- 1862Alvan Graham Clark discovers the white dwarf star Sirius B, a companion of Sirius, through an 18.5 in telescope now located at Northwestern University.
- 1900New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Rat in Chinese astrology.
- 1957Eight people on the ground in Pacoima, California are killed following the mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet.
- 1958Explorer program: Explorer 1 – The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit.
- 1961Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 2 – Ham the Chimp travels into outer space.
- 1990The first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow.
- 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.
- 2001In the Netherlands, a Scottish court convicts Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and acquits another Libyan citizen for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
Who were born on January 31?
- 1752Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (d. 1816)
- 1941Richard A. Gephardt, American politician
- 1950Alexander Korzhakov, Soviet bodyguard for Boris Yeltsin
- 1954Adrian Vandenberg, Dutch musician (Whitesnake)
- 1957Shirley Babashoff, American swimmer
- 1959Kelly Lynch, American actress
- 1967Fat Mike, American musician
- 1968Matt King, British actor and comedian
- 1976Traianos Dellas, Greek footballer
- 1977Bobby Moynihan, American comedian (Saturday Night Live)
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