On This Day

What Happened on January 31, 1865

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Congress passes the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (passes 121-24)
  • General Robert E. Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies during US Civil War

Famous Birthdays

  • Henri Desgrange, French cyclist and journalist, founder of the Tour-de-France, born in Paris, France (d. 1940)
  • Shastriji Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1951)