On This Day

Historical Events on January 31 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 241 of 241

  • 1999 15th Sundance Film Festival: "Three Seasons" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 2000 Alaska Airlines flight 261 MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 persons aboard.

MurderMurder of Interest

2000 A fight between Ray Lewis and his companions and another group of people results in the stabbing deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar, resulting in the indictment of Lewis 11 days on murder and aggravated-assault charges

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis
  • 2000 Family GP Dr Harold Shipman is jailed for life for murdering 15 of his patients, making him Britain's most prolific convicted serial killer
  • 2001 In the Netherlands a Scottish court convicts a Libyan and acquits another for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
  • 2003 The Waterfall rail accident occurs near Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 2004 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Belgian final, Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Kim Clijsters 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to win her only Australian title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Alan Greenspan retires as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

US Fed Chairman & Economist Alan Greenspan
US Fed Chairman & Economist
Alan Greenspan
  • 2006 US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor retires and is replaced by Samuel Alito
  • 2007 Suspects are arrested in Birmingham in the UK, accused of plotting the kidnap, holding and eventual beheading of a serving Muslim British soldier in Iraq
  • 2009 In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.

Sport awardTennis Open

2009 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins 10th Grand Slam singles title; outclasses Dinara Safina of Russia 6-0, 6-3

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2010 52nd Grammy Awards: Use Somebody, Zac Brown Band wins
  • 2010 NFL Pro Bowl, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens: AFC beats NFC, 41-34; MVP: Matt Schaub, Houston Texans, QB

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

2010 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer outclasses Scotsman Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 for his 4th Australian title

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • 2010 26th Sundance Film Festival: "Winter's Bone", directed by Debra Granik, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music releaseAlbum Release

2012 Leonard Cohen releases his album "Old Ideas", becomes No.1 in 10 countries

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • 2013 300 people are injured in a train collision in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2013 36 people are killed and 126 are injured in an explosion at Torre Ejecutiva Pemex, Mexico

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko
  • 2015 Sergio Mattarella is elected President of Italy
  • 2015 Australia defeats South Korea in football to win the 2015 AFC Asian Cup
  • 2015 Pr-Football Hall of Fame inductees: Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Will Shields, Tim Brown, and Mick Tingelhoff
  • 2015 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins 19th career Grand Slam singles title; beats arch rival Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-3, 7-6
  • 2015 Atlanta Hawks set a new NBA monthly win record as they move to 17-0 for January, with a 91-85 win against the Philadelphia 76ers

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

2016 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković retains Championship for his record-equaling 6th Australian title; beats Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • 2016 "World's best chef" French-Swiss Benoît Violier found dead after apparent suicide weeks after being named world's best by La Liste
  • 2016 61st NHL All Star Games, Bridgestone Centre, Nashville, TN: Pacific Division All Stars win four-team 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: John Scott, San Jose, LW
  • 2016 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: Team Irvin beats Team Rice, 49-27; MVPs: Russell Wilson, Seattle, QB; Michael Bennett, Seattle, DE
  • 2017 Romanian government passes emergency decree to release prisoners and decriminalise corruption charges, triggering huge protests in Bucharest

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 US President Donald Trump fires Attorney General Sally Yates after she instructs Justice Department officials not to defend Trump's travel ban

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 trump administration formally suspends the Clean Water Act
  • 2018 Houston guard James Harden becomes first player in NBA history to log a 60-point triple-double with 60 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals and a block in Rockets' 114-107 win over Orlando Magic
  • 2019 Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah crowned King of Malaysia to serve a five-year term
  • 2019 Leaked Indian government reports says unemployment rate at 6.1% highest since 1972-73, up from 2.2% in 2011-12
  • 2019 New government in Lebanon finally formed by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri nine months after elections
  • 2019 Colonisation of the America's in late 1500s killed so many people it cooled the planet, led to a "Little'' Ice Age" according to scientific report published in "Quaternary Science Reviews"
  • 2019 US border agency seizes its biggest ever fentanyl bust, nearly 254 pounds hidden in Tractor-trailer in Nogales, Arizona
  • 2019 At least 20 newborns and children have died in last two months of the cold, trying to get to the Al-Ho Syrian refugee camp according to WHO
  • 2019 Catholic leaders in Texas name 286 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children, dating back to 1940
  • 2019 Blockbuster NBA trade; NY Knicks send Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee & Trey Burke to Dallas Mavericks for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews & 2 future 1st-round picks