On This Day in History for January 31 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 153 of 153

  • 1966 Belgian state police kills 2 striking mine workers
  • 1966 USSR launches Luna 9 towards Moon
  • 1968 Bobby Simpson takes 5-59 v India in his last Test for ten years
  • 1968 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
  • 1968 Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32"), at Agata, USSR
  • 1968 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1968 Viet Cong Tet offensive begins
  • 1969 Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • 1971 Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
  • 1971 Jake Beckley, Joe Kelley, Harry Hooper, Rube Marquard, Chick Hafey
  • 1971 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • 1971 US male Figure Skating championship won by John Misha Petkevich
  • 1972 Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral
  • 1972 Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev becomes 11th King of Nepal
  • 1972 Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana
  • 1972 US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998)
  • 1972 British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling to House of Commons on 'Bloody Sunday', "The Army returned the fire directed at them with aimed shots and inflicted a number of casualties on those who were attacking them with firearms and with bombs"
  • 1976 Lance Gibbs becomes highest Test wicket-taker at 308
  • 1977 Frenchman Francois Claustre freed, after 33 months as hostage in Chad
  • 1978 Israel turns 3 milt outposts in West Bank into civilian settlements
  • 1980 Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41
  • 1981 Gaetan Boucher skates world record 1000m (1:13.39)
  • 1982 10 Arabian oryx (extinct except in zoos) released in Oman
  • 1982 Gustafson skates world record 10 km (14:26.59)
  • 1982 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • 1983 In an effort to reduce driving deaths, a new law in UK requires drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seatbelts
  • 1984 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1985 South African President PW Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1986 Mary Lund of Minneapolis, 1st female recipient of an artificial heart receives a donor heart
  • 1987 United Steel workers union ratified a concessionary with USX Corp
  • 1988 Barge sinks near Anacortes, WA, spills 70,000 gallons of oil
  • 1990 1st McDonalds in Russia opens in Moscow, world's biggest McDonalds
  • 1990 Jushin "Thunder" Liger beats Naoki Sano to become New Japan IWGP champ
  • 1990 The first McDonald's in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow, USSR.
  • 1991 Robert Gibson flies record 27,040 feet altitude
  • 1992 MTA raised tolls on most NYC bridges from $2.50 to $3.00
  • 1994 Dow Jones hits a record 3,978.36

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1995 President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1996 50 people die and many more injured in a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka by separatist Tamil Tigers
  • 1998 STS 89 (Endeavour 12) lands
  • 2000 Alaska Airlines flight 261 MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 persons aboard.
  • 2000 Family GP Dr Harold Shipman is jailed for life for murdering 15 of his patients, making him Britain's most prolific convicted serial killer
  • 2001 In the Netherlands a Scottish court convicts a Libyan and acquits another for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
  • 2003 The Waterfall rail accident occurs near Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia.

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2006 Alan Greenspan retires as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

US Fed Chairman & Economist Alan Greenspan
US Fed Chairman & Economist
Alan Greenspan
  • 2007 Suspects are arrested in Birmingham in the UK, accused of plotting the kidnap, holding and eventual beheading of a serving Muslim British soldier in Iraq.
  • 2009 In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.
  • 2013 300 people are injured in a train collision in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2013 36 people are killed and 126 are injured in an explosion at Torre Ejecutiva Pemex, Mexico
  • 2015 Sergio Mattarella is elected President of Italy
  • 2015 Australia defeats South Korea in football to win the 2015 AFC Asian Cup
  • 2015 Pr-Football Hall of Fame inductees: Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Will Shields, Tim Brown, and Mick Tingelhoff
  • 2016 "World's best chef" French-Swiss Benoît Violier found dead after apparent suicide weeks after being named world's best by La Liste

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 119 of 119

  • 1941 Richard A Gephardt, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )
  • 1944 Anton Korteweg, Dutch poet (For the Good Order)
  • 1944 Eugene Terre Blanche, South African leader of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging
  • 1948 Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician
  • 1949 Ken Wilber, American philosopher
  • 1951 Presiley Baxendale, British QC
  • 1952 Rosanne Musgrave, headmistress (Blackheath HS)
  • 1952 Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter (d. 1969)
  • 1956 Trevor A Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • 1960 Grant Morrison, British comic book author
  • 1961 Lloyd Cole, guitar/vocals (& the Commotions-Rattlesnakes)
  • 1965 Bianca Yasmin Salahshourian, Fairfield Conn, Miss Conn-America (1991)
  • 1966 Dr Umar Alisha, A Sufi Master was Born at Pithapuram.
  • 1975 Jackie O, Australian radio host
  • 1977 Jim Kleinsasser, National Football League tight end
  • 1978 Brad Rutter, Jeopardy! champion
  • 1978 Ray Shah, Irish DJ, TV, radio presenter
  • 1979 Daniel Tammet, British autistic savant
  • 1982 Jānis Sprukts, National Hockey League player

Weddings in History


Deaths in History