On This Day

What Happened on January 5, 1931

Historical Events

  • 1st woman to purchase a baseball team Lucille Thomas purchases Topeka franchise in the Western League

Famous Birthdays

  • Alfred Brendel, Austrian pianist, born in Loučná nad Desnou, Czech Republic
  • Alvin Ailey, African-American choreographer (American Dance Theater), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1989)
  • Joan Coxsedge, Australian politician, born in Ballarat, Australia

Person of interestRobert Duvall

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

  • Walt Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold high jump 1952) and basketball center (NBA C'ship 1956, 58; Philadelphia Warriors, St. Louis Hawks), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2020)
1931 Highlights

About January 5, 1931

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 90 years, 6 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Capricorn