Historical Events for Year 1931

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Events 1 - 150 of 280

Jan 1st - 17th Rose Bowl: Alabama beats Washington State, 24-0
Jan 3rd - Nels Stewart of Montreal Maroons scores 2 goals in 4 sec (record)
Jan 5th - 1st woman to purchase a baseball team Lucille Thomas purchases Topeka franchise in the Western League
Jan 6th - Thomas Edison submits his last patent application.
Jan 7th - 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 8th - Phila Quakers set then NHL record of 15 straight loses
Jan 10th - Phila Quakers defeat Montreal, ends NHL-record 15-game losing streak
Jan 16th - Bradman scores 223 Australia v WI, 297 mins, 26 fours
Jan 22nd - French government of Steeg falls
Jan 22nd - VARA begins experimental TV broadcast in Diamantbeurs Amsterdam
Jan 22nd - Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia.
Jan 26th - Hungary-Austria sign peace treaty
Cricket Legend Donald BradmanCricket Legend Donald Bradman Jan 26th - Lynn Riggs' "Green Grow the Lilacs" premieres in NYC
Jan 26th - "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 28th - Bradman scores 220 NSW v Victoria, 308 mins, 13 fours
Jan 30th - Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights" premieres at Los Angeles Theater
Jan 31st - NHL's Quebec Bulldogs' Joe Malone scores a record 7 goals
Jan 31st - Philip Barry's "Tomorrow & Tomorrow" premieres in NYC
Feb 2nd - 1st siyyum of Talmud celebrated by Daf Yomi students
Feb 2nd - 1st use of a rocket to deliver mail (Austria)
Feb 3rd - Arkansas legislature passes motion to pray for soul of H L Mencken after he calls state "apex of moronia"
Feb 3rd - The Hawke's Bay earthquake, New Zealand's worst natural disaster, kills 258
Journalist and Critic H. L. MenckenJournalist and Critic H. L. Mencken Feb 4th - National League adopts a deader baseball
Feb 5th - Maxine Dunlap becomes 1st US women to earn a glider pilot license
Feb 7th - US opera "Peter Ibbetson" by Deems Taylor premieres at Met Opera NYC
Feb 8th - Gas explosion Fire in Fushun-coal mine, Manchuria kills 3,000
Feb 10th - New Delhi becomes capital of India
Feb 10th - Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Harts premieres in NYC
Feb 12th - Vatican Radio begins broadcasting with the callsign HVJ
Feb 14th - Bradman scores 152 Aust v WI, 154 minutes, 13 fours 2 fives
Feb 14th - Spanish government of General Damasco Berenguer falls
Feb 14th - The original "Dracula", starring Bela Lugosi as the titular vampire, is released
Feb 15th - Spring training site of NY Yankees in St Petersburg is renamed Miller Huggins Field in honor of the team's late manager
Feb 16th - Extreme right wing Pehr Evind Svinhufvud becomes president of Finland
Actor Bela LugosiActor Bela Lugosi Feb 17th - 1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)
Feb 17th - Hockey's Hershey Bears (now with AHL) 1st game
Feb 20th - Congress allows California to build Oakland-Bay Bridge
Feb 21st - Alka Seltzer introduced
Feb 21st - Chicago White Sox & NY Giants play 1st exhibition night game
Feb 28th - Canadian Rugby Union adopts the forward pass
Feb 28th - Oswald Mosley founds his New Party
Mar 3rd - "Star Spangled Banner" officially becomes US national anthem by congressional resolution
Mar 3rd - Cab Calloway records "Minnie Moocher" (Jazz's 1st million seller)
Mar 4th - Bradman bowled by Herman Griffith for a duck as W I win the Test
Mar 4th - West Indies beat Australia for the 1st time, by 30 runs at SCG
Mar 5th - Gandhi & British viceroy Lord Irwin sign pact
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma GandhiPacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi Mar 8th - 24th Women's Australian Championships: Coral McInnes Buttsworth beats Marjorie Cox Crawford (1-6, 6-3, 6-4)
Mar 8th - 24th Men's Australian Championships: Jack Crawford beats Harry Hopman (6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1)
Mar 10th - British Labour party removes fascist sir Oswald Mosley
Mar 11th - Ready for Labour and Defence of the USSR, abbreviated as GTO, is introduced in the Soviet Union.
Mar 14th - 1st theater built for rear movie projection (NYC)
Mar 16th - Genootschap Onze Taal (Our Language) organizes (Neth)
Mar 17th - Stalin throws Krupskaya Lenin out of Central Committee
Mar 18th - 1st electric shavers go on sale in US (Schick)
Mar 18th - Juan Bautista Aznar becomes premier of Spain
Mar 19th - Nevada legalizes gambling
Mar 20th - Bishop Schreiber warns against national-socialism in Berlin
Soviet Union Premier Joseph StalinSoviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin Mar 21st - KRO-broadcast studio initiated in Hilversum Holland
Mar 21st - US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
Mar 21st - US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
Mar 23rd - Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev embrace the gallows during the Indian struggle for independence. Their request to be shot by a firing squad is refused.
Mar 25th - Hal Kemp & his orchestra record Whistles, with Skinnay Ennis
Mar 25th - Scottsboro Boys (accused of raping a white woman) arrested in Alabama
Mar 26th - Iraq & Trans-Jordan sign peace treaty
Mar 26th - Leo Bentley bowls 3 consecutive perfect games in Lorain, Ohio
Mar 26th - New Delhi replaces Calcutta as capital of British-Indies
Mar 27th - Charlie Chaplin receives France's distinguished Legion of Honor
Mar 27th - John McGraw says night baseball will not catch on
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie ChaplinComedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin Mar 27th - 90th Grand National: Bob Lyall aboard Grakle wins
Apr 1st - Earthquake devastate Managua Nicaragua, kills 2,000
Apr 1st - Jackie Mitchell became 1st female in professional baseball
Apr 2nd - Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Apr 6th - 1st Scottsboro (Ala) trial begins - 9 blacks accused of rape
Apr 6th - 1st broadcast of "Little Orphan Annie" on NBC-radio
Apr 7th - Seals Stadium opens in SF
Apr 8th - "White Horse Inn" opens in London
Apr 8th - Dmitri Shostakovitch's ballet "The Arrow" premieres
Apr 9th - Chicago Cy Wentworth beats Mont Canadiens at 13:50 of 6th period
Apr 12th - Joe McCarthy debuts as NY Yankee manager
Apr 12th - Spanish voters reject the monarchy
Apr 14th - Spain becomes republic with overthrow of King Alfonso XIII
Baseball Player Lou GehrigBaseball Player Lou Gehrig Apr 14th - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 3 games to 2
Apr 15th - 1st backwards walk across American begins
Apr 20th - 35th Boston Marathon won by Jim Henigan of Mass in 2:46:45.8
Apr 20th - British House of Commons agrees for sports play on Sunday
Apr 22nd - Egypt & Iraq sign peace treaty
Apr 26th - Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season
Apr 27th - 100°F (38°C), Pahala, Hawaii (state record)
Apr 28th - Program for woman athletes approved for 1932 Olympics track & field
Apr 29th - Cleve Indian Wes Ferrell no-hits St Louis Browns, 9-0
May 1st - Empire State Building opens in NYC
May 1st - Norway claims Peter I Island
May 1st - Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS
May 4th - Mustafa Kemal Pasja becomes Turkish president
May 8th - Operette "Land of Smiles" premieres in London
May 9th - 56th Preakness: George Ellis aboard Mate wins in 1:59
May 10th - Golf ball size hail falls in Burlington, NJ
May 11th - Credit-Anstalt, Austria's largest bank, fails, beginning financial collapse of Central Europe
May 13th - Paul Doumer elected president of France
May 14th - Ådalen shootings: five people are killed in Ådalen, Sweden, as soldiers open fire on an unarmed trade union demonstration.
May 15th - Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Quadragesimo anno
May 16th - 57th Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on Twenty Grand wins 2:01.8
May 19th - Cruiser Deutschland launched in Kiel
May 21st - Belgian government of Jaspar falls
May 22nd - Canned rattlesnake meat 1st goes on sale in Florida
May 23rd - Whipsnade Zoo opens in Bedfordshire, England
May 24th - 1st air-conditioned train installed-B&O Railroad
May 27th - 1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplanes, Langley Field Va
May 27th - Piccard & Knipfer make 1st flight into stratosphere, by balloon
May 30th - Phillies Chuck Klein homers off Ben Cantwell (Braves) in both ends DH
May 30th - Indianapolis 500: Louis Schneider wins in 5:10:27.948 (155.509 km/h)
May 31st - 7.1 magnitude Earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan: 40,000 dead.
May 31st - 36th Men's French Championships: Jean Borotra beats Christian Boussus (2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4)
Tennis Player Betty NuthallTennis Player Betty Nuthall May 31st - 36th Women's French Championships: Cilly Aussem beats Betty Nuthall (8-6, 6-1)
Jun 1st - Rozenburg soccer team forms in Rozenburg
Jun 5th - Jules Renkin becomes premier of Belgium
Jun 5th - 66th British Golf Open: Tommy Armour shoots a 296 at Carnoustie Golf Links
Jun 6th - "There Ought To Be A Moonlight Saving Time" by Guy Lombardo hits #1
Jun 6th - Yanks turn triple-play but lose 7-5 to Indians
Jun 8th - Duke of Kent wed Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark
Jun 8th - Suriname Work Committee under Louis Doedel forms in Paramaribo
Jun 9th - 1st rocket-powered aircraft design patented (Robert Goddard)
Jun 9th - 1st showing of a Donald Duck cartoon
Jun 10th - Norway occupies East Greenland
Gangster Al CaponeGangster Al Capone Jun 12th - Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition & perjury
Jun 13th - 63rd Belmont: Charley Kurtsinger aboard Twenty Grand wins in 2:29.6
Jun 14th - French "St Philbert" overturns off St Nazaire France, drowns 450
Jun 14th - Reinhard Heydrich's 1st meeting with Himmler
Jun 15th - Eddie Collins & Harry Heilmann retire from baseball
Jun 15th - Poland & USSR sign friendship & trade treaty
Jun 16th - Austrian government of Ender falls
Jun 19th - 1st photoelectric cell installed commercially West Haven Ct
Jun 20th - Karl Buresch becomes chancellor of Austrian
Jun 22nd - RVU, Radio-Volks-University, forms
Jun 23rd - Wiley Post & Harold Catty took off for flight around world
Jun 24th - USSR & Afghanistan sign neutrality treaty
Jun 27th - 3rd Ryder Cup: US wins, 9-3 at Scioto Country Club (Columbus, Ohio, US)
Baseball Legend Eddie CollinsBaseball Legend Eddie Collins Jun 29th - 109°F (43°C), Monticello, Florida (state record)
Jun 29th - Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical on Nun abbiamo bisogno (We do not need fascism and Mussolini)
Jul 1st - Cleveland Municipal Stadium is completed
Jul 1st - Ice vending machines introduced in LA 25 lbs, 15 cents
Jul 1st - Phillies Chuck Klein hits for cycle vs Chicago Cubs
Jul 1st - Trans African Railway in use (Benguela, Angola-Jadotville, Congo)
Jul 3rd - 51st Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Sid Wood Jr beats F X Shields (walkover)
Jul 3rd - Max Schmeling TKOs Young Stribling in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
Jul 3rd - 44th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Cilly Aussem beats H Sperling (6-2 7-5)
Jul 4th - 1st fireworks are held at Cleveland Stadium
Jul 4th - 1st trailside museum opens in Cleveland Metroparks
Jul 6th - 35th US Golf Open: Billy Burke shoots a 292 at Inverness Club Ohio
Italian Dictator Benito MussoliniItalian Dictator Benito Mussolini Jul 11th - NY Giants beat Phillies 23-8

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