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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.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.

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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)

  • 1918
    A series of accidental collisions on a misty Scottish night leads to the loss of two Royal Navy submarines with over a hundred lives, and damage to another five British warships.
  • 1930
    3M begins marketing Scotch Tape.
  • 1944
    World War II: American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.
  • 1944
    World War II: During Anzio campaign 1st Ranger Battalion (Darby’s Rangers) is destroyed behind enemy lines in a heavily outnumbered encounter at Battle of Cisterna, Italy.
  • 1946
    Yugoslavia’s new constitution, modeling the Soviet Union, establishes six constituent republics (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia).
  • 1953
    A North Sea flood causes over 1,800 deaths in the Netherlands.
  • 1958
    James Van Allen discovers the Van Allen radiation belt.
  • 1976
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Dragon in Chinese astrology.
  • 1990
    The first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow.
  • 1996
    Comet Hyakutake is discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake.

Who were born on January 31?

  • 1865
    Henri Desgrange, French sports figure and journalist (d. 1940)
  • 1889
    Frank Foster, English cricketer (d. 1958)
  • 1919
    Jackie Robinson, American baseball player (d. 1972)
  • 1933
    Bernardo Provenzano, Sicilian organized crime figure
  • 1949
    Norris Church Mailer, American model and widow of Norman Mailer (d. 2010)
  • 1976
    Paul Scheer, American comedian and actor
  • 1977
    Kerry Washington, American actress
  • 1980
    James Adomian, American actor
  • 1982
    Jānis Sprukts, Latvian hockey player
  • 1990
    Kota Yabu, Japanese actor and singer

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