On This Day

What Happened on January 31, 1938

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Australian Championships Men's Tennis: American Don Budge wins the 1st-leg of his Grand Slam; beats John Bromwich of Australia 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
  • Australian Championships Women's Tennis: American Dorothy Cheney wins her only Grand Slam singles title; beats Dorothy Stevenson of Australia 6-3, 6-2

Famous Birthdays

  • Ajip Rosidi, Indonesian poet/writer (Madjalah Sunda, Pesta)
  • Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, former Queen of the Netherlands (1980-2013), born in Soestdijk Palace, Baarn, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Daevid Allen [Christopher David], Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), born in Melbourne (d. 2015)
  • James G Watt, Colo, US Secretary of Interior (1981-83)