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)
- 1918A 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.
- 19303M begins marketing Scotch Tape.
- 1944World War II: American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.
- 1944World 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.
- 1946Yugoslavia’s new constitution, modeling the Soviet Union, establishes six constituent republics (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia).
- 1953A North Sea flood causes over 1,800 deaths in the Netherlands.
- 1958James Van Allen discovers the Van Allen radiation belt.
- 1976New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Dragon in Chinese astrology.
- 1990The first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow.
- 1996Comet Hyakutake is discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake.
Who were born on January 31?
- 1865Henri Desgrange, French sports figure and journalist (d. 1940)
- 1889Frank Foster, English cricketer (d. 1958)
- 1919Jackie Robinson, American baseball player (d. 1972)
- 1933Bernardo Provenzano, Sicilian organized crime figure
- 1949Norris Church Mailer, American model and widow of Norman Mailer (d. 2010)
- 1976Paul Scheer, American comedian and actor
- 1977Kerry Washington, American actress
- 1980James Adomian, American actor
- 1982Jānis Sprukts, Latvian hockey player
- 1990Kota Yabu, Japanese actor and singer
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