What Happened on January 31

Significant Events

  • 1865 Congress passes the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (passes 121-24)
  • 1865 General Robert E Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies during US Civil War
  • 1943 General Friedrich von Paul surrenders to Soviet troops at Stalingrad
  • 1950 US President Harry Truman publicly announces support for the development of a hydrogen bomb
  • 1985 South African President PW Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

Ham the chimpanzee is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2

On January 31, 1961

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 marries Elisabeth van Valois
  • 1842 10th US President John Tyler's daughter Elizabeth marries in the White House
  • 1960 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress/singer Phyllis Newman in NYC
  • 1974 "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (52) weds real-estate broker John Calvin People (45) in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2009 "Stay" singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (40) weds Late Night with Conan O'Brien music supervisor Roey Hershkovitz (30) at Manhattan restaurant in New York City

Famous Divorces

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