What Happened in January 1931

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 17th Rose Bowl: Alabama beats Washington State, 24-0
  • Jan 3 Nels Stewart of Montreal Maroons scores 2 goals in 4 sec (record)
  • Jan 5 1st woman to purchase a baseball team Lucille Thomas purchases Topeka franchise in the Western League

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Jan 6 Thomas Edison submits his last patent application

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • Jan 7 Guy Menzies flies the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast.
  • Jan 8 Philadelphia Quakers set then NHL record of 15 straight loses
  • Jan 10 Philadelphia Quakers defeat Montreal, ends NHL-record 15-game losing streak

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Jan 16 Bradman scores 223 Australia v WI, 297 mins, 26 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 22 French government of Steeg falls
  • Jan 22 VARA begins experimental TV broadcast in Diamantbeurs Amsterdam
  • Jan 22 Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia.
  • Jan 26 Hungary-Austria sign peace treaty
  • Jan 26 Lynn Riggs' "Green Grow the Lilacs" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 26 "Cimarron" directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne premieres in New York. 1st western to win Best Outstanding Production/Picture (1931)
  • Jan 28 Bradman scores 220 NSW v Victoria, 308 mins, 13 fours

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Jan 30 Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights" premieres at Los Angeles Theater

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin

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Jan 31 NHL's Quebec Bulldogs' Joe Malone scores a record 7 goals

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • Jan 31 Philip Barry's "Tomorrow & Tomorrow" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, born in Groningen (d. 1983)
  • Jan 1 Siddig El Nigoumi, ceramicist
  • Jan 2 Toshiki Kaifu, premier of Japan (1989-91)
  • Jan 4 Adi Lady Lala Mara, First Lady of Fiji (d. 2004)
  • Jan 4 Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia 1996-2001
  • Jan 5 Alfred Brendel, Wiesenberg Moravia, Austrian pianist
  • Jan 5 Alvin Ailey, choreographer (American Dance Theater)

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Jan 5 Robert Duvall, actor (Great Santini, Taxi Driver), born in San Diego, California

  • Jan 5 Walter Davis, US, running high jumper (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • Jan 5 Joan Coxsedge, Australian politician
  • Jan 6 Gerard van Muiden, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Jan 6 Graeme Hole, cricketer (Australian batsman of the fifties)
  • Jan 6 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), born in The Bronx, New York (d.2015)
  • Jan 6 P J [Patrick Joeseph] Kavanagh, poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), born in Worthing, Sussex (d. 2015)
  • Jan 7 Mack Mattingly, (Sen-R-GA, 1981-86)
  • Jan 8 Bill Graham, Germany, rock promoter (Fillmore)
  • Jan 8 May Wynn, [Donna Lee Hickey], American actress (Caine Mutiny, Noah's Ark), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 9 Algi[rda]s [Jonas] Budrys, Prussia, sci-fi author (Man of Earth)
  • Jan 9 Geoffrey Wragg, British(?) reorganizer
  • Jan 10 Alexander L "Alex" Boraine, South Africa vicar/MP
  • Jan 10 Ron Galella, celebrity photographer (sued by Jackie O)
  • Jan 10 Peter Barnes, English writer (d. 2004)
  • Jan 11 Ed Hall, Roxbury Mass, actor (Dr Bicker-Medical Center)
  • Jan 11 Betty Churcher, director of the National Gallery of Australia
  • Jan 13 Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor (Match Game, Ghost & Mrs Muir), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 13 Ian Hendry, English actor (d. 1984)
  • Jan 14 Juraj Pospisil, composer
  • Jan 14 Frank Costigan, Australian lawyer
  • Jan 15 Derek Meddings, special effects technician
  • Jan 15 Murad Kazhlayev, composer
  • Jan 15 Thomas Hoving, American news correspondent (20/20), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 16 Vladimir Skutina, writer playwright/journalist
  • Jan 16 Johannes Rau, German politician (d. 2006)
  • Jan 17 Frederick Alfred Fox, composer
  • Jan 17 James Earl Jones, Miss, actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man)
  • Jan 17 Douglas Wilder, American politician, Governor of Virginia (1990-94), 1st African American Governor since Reconstruction, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jan 17 Don Zimmer, American baseball coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 19 Robert MacNeil, news anchor (NBC Weekend News, 1965-67), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 19 Ron Packard, (Rep-R-CA, 1983- )
  • Jan 20 Sawako Ariyoshi, Japanese writer (Compound Pollution, Doctor's Wife)
  • Jan 20 Thomas Roy Garrett, museum curator
  • Jan 20 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter and pianist (d. 1992)
  • Jan 20 Earl Grant, Idabel, Oklahoma, American musician and singer (Ebb Tide, Winter Wonderland)
  • Jan 22 Galina Zybina, USSR, discus thrower (15 world records between 1952-58)
  • Jan 22 Sam Cooke, soul singer (You Send Me), born in Clarksdale Mississippi (d. 1964)
  • Jan 24 Ib Norholm, Danish composer and organist, born in Søborg, Gladsaxe
  • Jan 25 Dean Jones, actor (Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Love Bug), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • Jan 25 Harold Lloyd Jr, actor (Frankenstein's Daughter)
  • Jan 25 Paavo J Haavikko, finnish writer/poet/husband of Marja-Liisa Vartio
  • Jan 25 Stikkan, Stig Anderson, music entrepreneur
  • Jan 26 Mary Murphy, actress (A Man Alone, Maggie-Investigators), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 27 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), born in London (d. 1998)
  • Jan 27 Mordecai Richler, Montreal author, (Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)
  • Jan 27 Rudi Maugeri, singer (The Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • Jan 27 Nigel Vinson, British Lord and inventor, born in Kent, England
  • Jan 27 Ronald "Buster" Edwards, British Great Train Robber turned flower-seller, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Jan 28 Timothy Kitson, former MP
  • Jan 29 Leslie Bricuse, English/US composer (Stop the world I want to get off)
  • Jan 30 Jack Bowman, Chief Constable (Tayside)
  • Jan 30 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), born in Sydney (d. 2016)
  • Jan 30 Stewart B McKinney, (Rep-R-CT, 1971- )
  • Jan 30 John Crosbie, Canadian politician
  • Jan 30 Allan W. Eckert, American historian, naturalist, and author
  • Jan 31 Bill Watson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman mid-50s)
  • Jan 31 Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)

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Jan 31 Ernie Banks, "Mr Cub" Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (short stop/1st baseman), born in Dallas, Texas

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Jan 31 Jean Burroughs, educationalist
  • Jan 31 Nicholas Gordon Lennox, diplomat

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Martinus Beijerinck, Dutch microbiologist and botanist (b. 1851)
  • Jan 3 Joseph J C Joffre, French marshal, dies at 78
  • Jan 4 Art Acord, western actor (Set Free, Spurs & Saddles), dies at 40
  • Jan 9 Claude Anet [Jean Schopfer], French writer (La fille perdue), dies
  • Jan 9 Wayne Munn, wrestler (b. 1896)
  • Jan 11 Oscar Fetras, composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 11 James Milton Carroll, American Baptist pastor, leader, historian, and author (b. 1852)
  • Jan 14 William Ernst Johnson, British mathematician, dies
  • Jan 21 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, dies at 67
  • Jan 22 Alma Rubens, American actress (b. 1897)
  • Jan 23 Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), dies from pneumonia at 49