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Friday January 31, 2020

January 31: Day of the Week

January 31, 2020 was the 31st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 335 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.

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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 1747
    The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.
  • 1862
    Alvan Graham Clark discovers the white dwarf star Sirius B, a companion of Sirius, through an 18.5 in telescope now located at Northwestern University.
  • 1929
    The Soviet Union exiles Leon Trotsky.
  • 1943
    German 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.
  • 1944
    World War II: American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.
  • 1945
    US Army private Eddie Slovik is executed for desertion, the first such execution of an American soldier since the Civil War.
  • 1950
    President Harry S. Truman announces a program to develop the hydrogen bomb.
  • 1976
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Dragon in Chinese astrology.
  • 2000
    Alaska 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.
  • 2007
    Suspects are arrested in Birmingham in the UK, accused of plotting the kidnap, holding and eventual beheading of a serving Muslim British soldier in Iraq.

Who were born on January 31?

  • 1921
    E. Fay Jones, American architect (d. 2004)
  • 1925
    Benjamin Hooks, American civil rights activist (d. 2010)
  • 1926
    Tom Alston, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • 1927
    Norm Prescott, American animation producer (d. 2005)
  • 1931
    Ernie Banks, American baseball player
  • 1941
    Gerald McDermott, American filmmaker, children’s book author & illustrator
  • 1959
    Anthony LaPaglia, Australian actor
  • 1967
    Jason Cooper, English musician (The Cure)
  • 1971
    Dimitris Markos, Greek footballer
  • 1976
    Tyrone Nesby, American basketball player

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