What Happened in January 1931

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 17th Rose Bowl: Alabama beats Washington State, 24-0
  • Jan 3 Nels Stewart of Montreal Maroons scores 2 goals in 4 sec (record)
  • Jan 5 1st woman to purchase a baseball team Lucille Thomas purchases Topeka franchise in the Western League

InventionHistoric Invention

Jan 6 Thomas Edison submits his last patent application

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • Jan 7 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 8 Philadelphia Quakers set then NHL record of 15 straight loses
  • Jan 10 Philadelphia Quakers defeat Montreal, ends NHL-record 15-game losing streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 Bradman scores 223 Australia v West Indies in 297 mins, 26 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 22 French government of Steeg falls
  • Jan 22 VARA begins experimental TV broadcast in Diamantbeurs Amsterdam
  • Jan 22 Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia
  • Jan 26 Hungary-Austria sign peace treaty
  • Jan 26 Lynn Riggs' "Green Grow the Lilacs" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 26 "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)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 30 "City Lights", American silent romantic comedy film directed by Charlie Chaplin, starring himself and Virginia Cherrill, premieres at Los Angeles Theater

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 NHL's Quebec Bulldogs' Joe Malone scores a record 7 goals

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • Jan 31 Philip Barry's "Tomorrow & Tomorrow" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, born in Groningen (d. 1983)
  • Jan 1 Siddig El Nigoumi, ceramicist
  • Jan 2 Toshiki Kaifu, premier of Japan (1989-91)
  • Jan 4 Adi Lady Lala Mara, First Lady of Fiji (d. 2004)
  • Jan 4 Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia 1996-2001
  • Jan 5 Alfred Brendel, Wiesenberg Moravia, Austrian pianist
  • Jan 5 Alvin Ailey, choreographer (American Dance Theater)

Person of interestRobert Duvall

Jan 5 Robert Duvall, American award winning actor and filmmaker (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, MASH, Great Santini, Taxi Driver), born in San Diego, California

  • Jan 5 Walt Davis, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1952) and NBA player (Philadelphia Warriors), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Jan 5 Joan Coxsedge, Australian politician
  • Jan 6 Graeme Hole, cricketer (Australian batsman of the fifties)
  • Jan 6 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), born in The Bronx, New York (d.2015)
  • Jan 6 P J Kavanagh [Patrick Joeseph], British poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), born in Worthing, Sussex (d. 2015)
  • Jan 7 Mack Mattingly, (Sen-R-GA, 1981-86)
  • Jan 8 Bill Graham, German American rock promoter (Fillmore), born in Germany (d. 1991)
  • Jan 9 Algi[rda]s [Jonas] Budrys, Prussia, sci-fi author (Man of Earth)
  • Jan 9 Geoffrey Wragg, British(?) reorganizer
  • Jan 10 Alexander L "Alex" Boraine, South Africa vicar/MP
  • Jan 10 Ron Galella, celebrity photographer (sued by Jackie O)
  • Jan 10 Peter Barnes, English writer (d. 2004)
  • Jan 11 Ed Hall, American actor (Mannis, baby... I'm Back!, Medical Center), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • Jan 11 Betty Churcher, director of the National Gallery of Australia
  • Jan 13 Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor, comedian and gameshow panelist (Match Game, Ghost & Mrs Muir), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • Jan 13 Ian Hendry, British actor (The Avengers, The Lotus Eaters), born in Ipswich, Suffolk (d. 1984)
  • Jan 14 Juraj Pospisil, composer
  • Jan 14 Caterina Valente, Italian singer, dancer, and actress (Bon soir, Kathrin!, The Entertainers), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 14 Frank Costigan, Australian lawyer
  • Jan 15 Derek Meddings, special effects technician
  • Jan 15 Murad Kazhlayev, composer
  • Jan 15 Thomas Hoving, American news correspondent (20/20), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 16 Vladimir Skutina, writer playwright/journalist
  • Jan 16 Johannes Rau, German politician (d. 2006)
  • Jan 17 Frederick Alfred Fox, composer
  • Jan 17 James Earl Jones, American actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man), born in Arkabutla, Mississippi
  • Jan 17 Douglas Wilder, American politician, Governor of Virginia (1990-94), 1st African American Governor since Reconstruction, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jan 17 Don Zimmer, American baseball coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 19 Robert MacNeil, news anchor (NBC Weekend News, 1965-67), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 19 Ron Packard, (Rep-R-CA, 1983- )
  • Jan 20 Sawako Ariyoshi, Japanese writer (Compound Pollution, Doctor's Wife)
  • Jan 20 Thomas Roy Garrett, museum curator
  • Jan 20 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter and pianist (d. 1992)
  • Jan 20 Earl Grant, Idabel, Oklahoma, American musician and singer (Ebb Tide, Winter Wonderland)
  • Jan 22 Galina Zybina, USSR, discus thrower (15 world records between 1952-58)
  • Jan 22 Sam Cooke, American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" (You Send Me), born in Clarksdale Mississippi (d. 1964)
  • Jan 24 Ib Norholm, Danish composer and organist, born in Søborg, Gladsaxe
  • Jan 25 Dean Jones, American actor (Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Love Bug), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • Jan 25 Harold Lloyd Jr, American actor, singer and son of famous silent film actor Harold Lloyd sr (Frankenstein's Daughter), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 1971)
  • Jan 25 Paavo J Haavikko, finnish writer/poet/husband of Marja-Liisa Vartio
  • Jan 25 "Stikkan" Stig Anderson, Swedish actor, music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), born in Hova, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • Jan 26 Mary Murphy, American actress (A Man Alone, Maggie-Investigators), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2011)
  • Jan 27 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), born in London (d. 1998)
  • Jan 27 Mordecai Richler, Montreal author, (Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)
  • Jan 27 Rudi Maugeri, singer (The Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • Jan 27 Nigel Vinson, British Lord and inventor, born in Kent, England
  • Jan 27 Ronald "Buster" Edwards, British Great Train Robber turned flower-seller, born in London (d. 1994)
  • Jan 28 Timothy Kitson, British politician
  • Jan 29 Leslie Bricuse, English/US composer (Stop the world I want to get off)
  • Jan 30 Jack Bowman, Chief Constable (Tayside)
  • Jan 30 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), born in Sydney (d. 2016)
  • Jan 30 Stewart B McKinney, (Rep-R-CT, 1971- )
  • Jan 30 John Crosbie, Canadian politician
  • Jan 30 Allan W. Eckert, American historian, naturalist, and author
  • Jan 31 Bill Watson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman mid-50s)
  • Jan 31 Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)

Person of interestErnie Banks

Jan 31 Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as "Mr Cub" as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2015)

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Jan 31 Jean Burroughs, educationalist
  • Jan 31 Nicholas Gordon Lennox, diplomat

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Martinus Beijerinck, Dutch microbiologist and botanist (b. 1851)
  • Jan 3 Joseph J C Joffre, French marshal, dies at 78
  • Jan 4 Arthemus "Art" Acord, American silent film actor and rodeo champion (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists), commits suicide by poison at 40
  • Jan 9 Claude Anet [Jean Schopfer], French writer (La fille perdue), dies
  • Jan 9 Wayne Munn, wrestler (b. 1896)
  • Jan 11 Oscar Fetras, composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 11 James Milton Carroll, American Baptist pastor, leader, historian, and author (b. 1852)
  • Jan 14 William Ernst Johnson, British mathematician, dies
  • Jan 21 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, dies at 67
  • Jan 22 Alma Rubens, American actress (Humoresque), dies of Lobar pneumonia and bronchitis at 33
  • Jan 23 Anna Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), dies from pneumonia at 49