What Happened on January 31

Historical Events

  • 1865 Congress passes, by vote of 121-24, the 13th Amendment of US Constitution, abolishing slavery in US [1]
  • 1865 General Robert E. Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies during US Civil War

Jan 31 in Film & TV

  • 1949 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)

Jan 31 in Music

  • 1679 Jean-Baptiste Lully's opera "Bellerophon" premieres at the Palais-Royal in Paris

Jan 31 in Sport

  • 2015 17 year old Lydia Ko of New Zealand becomes the youngest golfer in men's or women's golf history to be ranked No. 1 in the world

Did You Know?

Colonization of the America's in the late 1500s killed so many people it cooled the planet and led to a "Little Ice Age", according to a scientific report published in "Quaternary Science Reviews"

On January 31, 2019

Would You Believe?

The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital, London

On January 31, 1747

Famous Weddings

  • 1560 Spanish King Philip II (10) marries Elisabeth of Valois (13), daughter of Henry II of France
  • 1842 10th US President John Tyler's daughter Elizabeth marries in the White House
  • 1960 American songwriter Adolph Green weds (for 3rd and final time) American actress and singer Phyllis Newman in NYC

Famous Divorces

  • 1957 English-American actress Elizabeth Taylor's 2nd divorce from English actor Michael Wilding, after almost 5 years of marriage

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