What Happened in 1931

Significant Events

  • May 1 Empire State Building opens in New York City
  • Jun 12 Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition and perjury
  • Sep 18 To create a pretext for the invasion of Manchuria, China, a railway explosion is faked by the Japanese
  • Oct 18 American gangster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion
  • Nov 7 Chinese People's Republic proclaimed by Mao Zedong
  • Dec 11 Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland (Free State), and Newfoundland (not then part of Canada)
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Did You Know?

"Star Spangled Banner" officially becomes US national anthem by congressional resolution

On March 3, 1931

World Leaders in 1931

Famous People in 1931

Would You Believe?

Arkansas legislature passes motion to pray for soul of journalist H. L. Mencken, after he calls the state the "apex of moronia"

On February 3, 1931

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Nov 9 Actress Gloria Swanson (32) divorces aristocrat Henri de la Falaise (33) after 6 years of marriage
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