On This Day for 31st January

Historical Events

  • 1865 Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (121-24)
  • 1865 General Robert E. Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies during US Civil War
  • 1950 US President Harry Truman publicly announces support for the development of a hydrogen bomb
  • 1964 US report "Smoking & Health" connects smoking to lung cancer
  • 1985 South African President PW Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence

Did You Know?

Ham the chimpanzee is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2

On January 31st, 1961

Famous Weddings

  • 1560 Spanish king Philip II marries Elisabeth van Valois
  • 1842 10th US President John Tyler's daughter Elizabeth marries in White House
  • 1960 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress/singer Phyllis Newman in NYC
  • 1974 "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (52) weds real-estate broker John Calvin People (45) in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2009 "Stay" singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (40) weds Late Night with Conan O'Brien music supervisor Roey Hershkovitz (30) at Manhattan restaurant in New York City

Famous Divorces