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.
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.
- 1747The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.
- 1814Gervasio Antonio de Posadas becomes Supreme Director of Argentina.
- 1867Maronite nationalist leader Youssef Karam leaves Lebanon on board a French ship bound for Algeria
- 1957New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Rooster in Chinese astrology.
- 1966The Soviet Union launches the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft as part of the Luna program.
- 1968Nauru gains independence from Australia.
- 1995President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.
- 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.
- 2003The Waterfall rail accident occurs near Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia.
Who were born on January 31?
- 1759François Devienne, French composer (d. 1803)
- 1902Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (d. 1968)
- 1914Carey Loftin, American actor and stuntman (d. 1997)
- 1915Alan Lomax, American musicologist (d. 2002)
- 1927Norm Prescott, American animation producer (d. 2005)
- 1933Bernardo Provenzano, Sicilian organized crime figure
- 1949Norris Church Mailer, American model and widow of Norman Mailer (d. 2010)
- 1951Phil Manzanera, English guitarist (Roxy Music, Quiet Sun, 801)
- 1964Billey Shamrock, Swedish singer
- 1978Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington, English noble
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