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)
- 314Silvester I begins his reign as Pope of the Catholic Church, succeeding Pope Miltiades.
- 1504France cedes Naples to Aragon.
- 1814Gervasio Antonio de Posadas becomes Supreme Director of Argentina.
- 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.
- 1942World War II: Allied forces are defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya and retreat to the island of Singapore.
- 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.
- 1957New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- 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?
- 1921Carol Channing, American actress and singer
- 1921Mario Lanza, American singer (d. 1959)
- 1925Benjamin Hooks, American civil rights activist (d. 2010)
- 1931Christopher Chataway, English athlete, newscaster and politician
- 1937Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (d. 2008)
- 1941Gerald McDermott, American filmmaker, children’s book author & illustrator
- 1941Jessica Walter, American actress
- 1950Alexander Korzhakov, Soviet bodyguard for Boris Yeltsin
- 1957Shirley Babashoff, American swimmer
- 1984Jeremy Wariner, American track and field athlete
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