1931 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 181 of 181

  • Jul 27 Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebr & SD destroyed thousands of acres of crops

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 28 Mob hitman Mad Dog Coll allegedly participates in a kidnapping attempt that results in the shooting death of a child, which earns him the nickname "Mad Dog"

Mob Hitman Mad Dog Coll
Mob Hitman
Mad Dog Coll
  • Aug 2 Spanish Catalonia agrees (99+%) for autonomous status
  • Aug 5 Det Tiger Tommy Bridges perfect game is broken up with 2 outs in 9th
  • Aug 12 Yangtzee River floods after heavy rain crumbles dikes in China
  • Aug 15 Ernest Lassy completes longest canoe journey without port (6,102 mi)
  • Aug 15 Roy Wilkins joined NAACP as asst secretary
  • Aug 19 Lefty Grove wins AL record tying 16th consecutive game
  • Aug 23 Count Gyula Károlyi becomes premier of Hungary
  • Aug 23 Philadelphia A's Lefty Grove, loses 1-0 (Browns) after winning 16 straight
  • Aug 24 France & USSR sign neutrality/no attack treaty
  • Sep 1 Gehrig hits his 3rd grand slam in 4 days & his 6th HR in consecutive games
  • Sep 10 Lord Cecil of British government says War was never so improbable

MurderMurder of Interest

Sep 11 Salvatore Maranzano is murdered by Charles Luciano's hitmen.

  • Sep 13 Capt G H Stainworth flies world speed record (655 kph)
  • Sep 13 Right-radical coup of Dr Pfrimer fails in Austria
  • Sep 15 British naval fleet mutinies at Invergordon over pay cuts
  • Sep 15 Philadelphia A's clinch pennant, beating Cleveland
  • Sep 16 Blimp is moored to Empire State Building (NYC)
  • Sep 17 1st LP record demonstrated (RCA Victor, NYC), venture failed
  • Sep 18 To create a pretext for the invasion of Manchuria, China, a railway explosion is faked by the Japanese
  • Sep 19 Japanese troops conquer Mukden, South Manchuria
  • Sep 21 Britain abandons gold standard; pound devalues 20%
  • Sep 22 Coalition Government forms in New Zealand to combat the Depression (their lack of success led to the election of the First Labour Government in 1935)
  • Sep 27 Closest NL batting race ends Chick Hafey (.3488) beats Bill Terry's
  • Sep 28 200,000 demonstrators demand declaration of war on Japan in Peking
  • Sep 30 Start of "Die Voortrekkers" youth movement for Afrikaners in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
  • Oct 1 Spanish Cortes accept general female suffrage
  • Oct 1 The second (and current) Waldorf-Astoria Hotel is opened in New York.
  • Oct 2 Pope Pius XI encyclical On economic crisis
  • Oct 4 Dick Tracy comic strip by Chester Gould debuts
  • Oct 4 Juan Esteban Montero becomes president of Chile
  • Oct 5 1st nonstop transpacific flight, Japan to Wash (Herndon & Pangborn)
  • Oct 5 Paul Green's "House of Connelly" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 6 Js Van Severen forms Verdinaso (Union of Flemish National Solidarists)
  • Oct 7 1st infra-red photograph, Rochester, NY
  • Oct 10 A J Bennett hits H Garbarino for 1st scoring pass in Canada's Big 4
  • Oct 10 William Waltons "Belshazzar's Feast" premieres in Leeds
  • Oct 11 100,000 extreme-right Germans form "Harzburger Front"
  • Oct 12 1st International Conference on Calendar Reform
  • Oct 13 Noel Coward's "Cavalcade" premieres in London
  • Oct 14 1st broadcast of Dutch Radio Peoples University
  • Oct 14 Spanish Cortes agrees to separation of Church & State
  • Oct 16 Trunk murderess Winnie Ruth Judd chops 1st

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 17 American gangster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion, sentenced to 11 years in prison

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone
  • Oct 20 Frankie Frisch of the Cards named MVP
  • Oct 24 George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey dedicated, opens the next day
  • Oct 24 Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion
  • Oct 26 Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 1 Dupont introduces synthetic rubber
  • Nov 3 First commercially produced synthetic rubber manufactured
  • Nov 4 Jean Genet's "Judith" premieres in Paris

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Nov 7 Chinese People's Republic proclaimed by Mao Zedong

Chinese Communist Revolutionary Mao Zedong
Chinese Communist Revolutionary
Mao Zedong
  • Nov 12 Sibelius/Ashton's ballet "Lady of Shalott" premieres in London
  • Nov 13 Hattie Caraway (D-AK) appointed first US woman senator
  • Nov 14 Ottawa Mint Act is proclaimed in Britain

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Nov 17 Charles Lindbergh inaugurates Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat "American Clipper"

  • Nov 20 Commercial teletype service begins (AT&T)
  • Nov 22 Ferde Grofe's "Grand Canyon Suite" premieres
  • Nov 23 Nationally Crisis Committee forms in Hague
  • Nov 30 His Master's Voice & Columbia Records merge into EMI
  • Dec 1 Ottawa branch of Royal Mint begins operation as Royal Canadian Mint
  • Dec 3 Alka Seltzer goes on sale
  • Dec 8 Coaxial cable patented
  • Dec 9 Benn W Levy's "Springtime for Henry" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 9 Japanese army attacks Chinese province of Jehol
  • Dec 9 Spain becomes a republic

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Dec 10 Jane Addams (1st US woman) named co-recipient of Nobel Peace Prize

Social Worker and Nobel Laureate Jane Addams
Social Worker and Nobel Laureate
Jane Addams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 Manuel Azaña becomes Prime Minister of Spain with Niceto Zamora as President

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña
  • Dec 11 Japan leaves the Gold Standard
  • Dec 11 Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland (Free State), and Newfoundland (which was not at that time part of Canada)
  • Dec 12 Japanese government of Imukai forms
  • Dec 14 1st assembly of Anton Musserts NSB in Utrecht
  • Dec 16 German SPD begins Iron Front against fascism
  • Dec 19 Joseph A Lyons (C) becomes premier of Australia
  • Dec 25 Albert Lonergan scores 137 SA v Qld at Adelaide before 5,697
  • Dec 25 Fleetwood-Smith takes 5-69 Victoria v Tas at Hobart
  • Dec 26 George/Ira Gershwin's "Of Thee I Sing," premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 28 Lin-Sen succeeds Chiang Kai-shek as President of Nanjing-China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Dec 29 Identification of heavy water publicly announced, HC Urey
  • Dec 29 Victoria score 7 for 435 in second innings to beat NSW

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 312

  • Apr 1 Charles Price, American Businessman and diplomat, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Apr 4 Denis Frank Owen, Natural historian
  • Apr 4 Harold L Volkmer, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )
  • Apr 4 Bobby Ray Inman, American admiral and intelligence director
  • Apr 5 Denis Lawton, director (London University Institute of Educ)
  • Apr 7 Daniel Ellsberg, whistleblower (Pentagon Papers)/patriot
  • Apr 7 Donald Barthelme, American writer (Snow White, Sadness), born in Philadelphia, Pa (d. 1989)
  • Apr 9 Martin Rogers, director (Farmington Institute for Christian Studies)
  • Apr 9 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (d. 1991)
  • Apr 10 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet
  • Apr 13 Beverley Cross, playwright
  • Apr 15 Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature - 2011), born in Stockholm (d. 2015)
  • Apr 16 Piet de Visser, economist/Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Apr 17 Joan Clague, director of nursing services (Marie Curie Foundation)
  • Apr 17 John Chalstrey, alderman/Lord Mayor (London)
  • Apr 17 Joyce Molyneux, British chef and author
  • Apr 17 Ruth Etchells, principal (St John's College-Durham)
  • Apr 19 Denis Henry, British high court judge
  • Apr 19 Hendrick J "Kobie" Coetsee, South Africa minister of Defense/Justice
  • Apr 19 Walter Stewart, Canadian journalist (d. 2004)
  • Apr 20 Lee H Hamilton, Daytona Beach Fla, (Rep-D-Ind, 1965- )
  • Apr 22 Henk Gortzak, Dutch MP (CPN/PSP)
  • Apr 22 Ronald Hynd, British choreographer (English National Ballet)
  • Apr 24 Bridget Riley, British painter (op-art)
  • Apr 25 David Shepherd, painter
  • Apr 25 Felix Berezin, Russian mathematician (d. 1980)
  • Apr 29 Aleksei Aleksandrovich Gubarev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 28)
  • Apr 29 Frank Auerbach, German-born British painter
  • Apr 30 William L [Bill] Clay, (Rep-D-MO, 1969- )
  • May 3 Thomas Sutherland, American hostage (Lebanon) and academic, born in Falkirk, Scotland (d. 2016)
  • May 4 Thomas Stuttaford, British doctor and writer
  • May 5 Greg, Belgian comic-book writer (Achille Talon) (d, 1999)
  • May 6 Marvin Leath, (Rep-D-TX, 1979- )
  • May 7 Gene [Rodman] Wolfe, US, sci-fi author (Soldier of Arete)
  • May 7 Nel J Ginjaar-Maas, Dutch under-secretary of Education (VVD)
  • May 9 Vance DeVoe Brand, Longmont Co, astro (Apollo 18, STS-5, 41B, 35)
  • May 10 Lord Michael Mustill, of Pateley Bridge, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • May 11 Stephen Smalley, rev/dean (Chester)
  • May 12 Johan Fleerackers, Flemish vice-president of Dutch One
  • May 13 Eileen Diss, theatrical designer (August, Secret Places, Betrayal)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 13 Jim Jones, American Leader of Peoples Temple cult (Jonestown Massacre), born in Randolph County, Indiana (d. 1978)

Founder of the Peoples Temple cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple cult
Jim Jones
  • May 13 Sydney Lipworth, CEO (Monopolies & Mergers Commission)
  • May 13 William Utting, chief inspector (British Social Services)
  • May 15 F Korthals Altes, Dutch minister of Justice (VVD)
  • May 16 Lowell P Weicker, (Sen-R-CT, 1971-88/Gov-D-CT)
  • May 16 Peter Levi, poet/writer
  • May 16 Natwar Singh, Indian politician
  • May 16 Hana Brady, Killed during Holocaust
  • May 18 Don Martin, American cartoonist (d. 2000)
  • May 21 George Vassiliou, president of Cyprus (1988-93)
  • May 25 Aili Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter
  • May 27 Florence Sharples, director (British YWCA)
  • May 27 John Chapple, British chief of General Staff
  • May 27 James Wilson, criminologist ('Zero Tolerance' policing), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • May 28 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • May 29 Carl Toms, stage designer
  • May 31 John Schrieffer, US physicist (Nobel 1972)
  • May 31 Steve Horn, (Rep-R-California)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 3 Raúl Castro, 18th President of Cuba (2008-) and former revolutionary, born in Biran, Holguin, Cuba

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • Jun 5 Jacques Demy, France, director (Lola, Magic Donkey)
  • Jun 5 John Dellow, commisioner (London Metropolitan Police)
  • Jun 5 Jerzy Prokopiuk, Polish philosopher, antroposopher
  • Jun 6 Lloyd Lindroth, the Liberace of the Harp
  • Jun 7 Malcolm Morley, English-born painter
  • Jun 8 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, born in Belgrade (d. 1996)
  • Jun 8 James Leander "Leo" Nichols, honorary consul
  • Jun 11 Lord Cameron of Lochbroom, lord advocate
  • Jun 13 Lachlan Macleay, USAF/pilot
  • Jun 13 Irvin D. Yalom, psychotherapist, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University
  • Jun 16 Courtney Alexandre Henriques Laws, community leader
  • Jun 16 Robert F [Bob] Smith, (Rep-R-OR, 1983- )
  • Jun 17 John Baldessari, American artist
  • Jun 18 Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of Brazil from 1995 to 2002
  • Jun 19 "Against Iain" duke of Atholl, English large landowner
  • Jun 20 Richard Southwood, zoologist/chancellor (Oxford University)
  • Jun 21 Margaret Heckler, US Secretary of Health & Human Services (1983-85)
  • Jun 22 Henk Vonhoff, Dutch politician (VVD)
  • Jun 22 Hennadiy Udovenko, Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, politician and diplomat (UN General Assembly President, 1997-8), (d. 2013)
  • Jun 23 Urs Jaeggi, Swiss sociologist and writer, born in Solothurn, Switzerland
  • Jun 24 Leslie Cochran, peace activist and police critic, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2012)
  • Jun 26 Colin Wilson, author (Afterlife, Book of Great Mysteries), (d. 2013)
  • Jun 27 Charles Bronfman, CEO (Seagrams, Montreal Expos)
  • Jun 30 Johannes Gruijters, Dutch mayor (D66-Lelystad)
  • Jun 30 Bert Eriksson, Flemish neo-Nazi (d. 2005)
  • Jul 1 Leslie Caron, French-American actress (Gigi, Father Goose), born in Boulogne-Biliancourt, Seine
  • Jul 3 Andres Burnier, [Catharina Dessaur], criminologist/author (Jongensuur)
  • Jul 5 James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, criminal
  • Jul 6 Jean Campeau, French Canadian businessman and politician
  • Jul 7 David Eddings, US, sci-fi author (Belgariad, Malloreon)
  • Jul 10 Del Insko, harness racer (toothpick in mouth, 1969 money leader)
  • Jul 10 Julian May, US, sci-fi author (Golden Torc, Magnificat)
  • Jul 11 Hans Klein, politician
  • Jul 11 Herman de Vries, Dutch sculptor
  • Jul 11 Tullio Regge, Italian physicist
  • Jul 12 Bob Traxler, (Rep-D-MI, 1974- )
  • Jul 12 Lord Clinton, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Jul 14 Donald Eugene Webb, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jul 15 Clive Cussler, Aurora Illinois, American writer (Raise The Titanic, Sahara)
  • Jul 15 Eugene Louw, South African minister of Internal affairs
  • Jul 16 Caroline Blackwood, writer

Weddings in History

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Deaths in History

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