On This Day in History for January 31 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 148 of 148

  • 1968 Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32"), at Agata, USSR
  • 1968 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1969 Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • 1971 Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
  • 1971 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • 1971 US male Figure Skating championship won by John Misha Petkevich
  • 1972 Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral
  • 1972 Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev becomes 11th King of Nepal
  • 1972 Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana
  • 1972 US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998)
  • 1972 British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling to House of Commons on 'Bloody Sunday', "The Army returned the fire directed at them with aimed shots and inflicted a number of casualties on those who were attacking them with firearms and with bombs"
  • 1976 Lance Gibbs becomes highest Test wicket-taker at 308
  • 1977 Frenchman Francois Claustre freed, after 33 months as hostage in Chad
  • 1978 Israel turns 3 milt outposts in West Bank into civilian settlements
  • 1980 Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41
  • 1981 Gaetan Boucher skates world record 1000m (1:13.39)
  • 1982 10 Arabian oryx (extinct except in zoos) released in Oman
  • 1982 Gustafson skates world record 10 km (14:26.59)
  • 1982 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • 1983 In an effort to reduce driving deaths, a new law in UK requires drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seatbelts
  • 1984 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1985 South African President PW Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1986 Mary Lund of Minneapolis, 1st female recipient of an artificial heart receives a donor heart
  • 1987 United Steel workers union ratified a concessionary with USX Corp
  • 1988 Barge sinks near Anacortes, WA, spills 70,000 gallons of oil
  • 1990 1st McDonalds in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow
  • 1990 Jushin "Thunder" Liger beats Naoki Sano to become New Japan IWGP champ
  • 1991 Robert Gibson flies record 27,040 feet altitude
  • 1992 MTA raised tolls on most NYC bridges from $2.50 to $3.00
  • 1994 Dow Jones hits a record 3,978.36

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1995 President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1996 50 people die and many more injured in a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka by separatist Tamil Tigers
  • 1998 STS 89 (Endeavour 12) lands
  • 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.
  • 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.

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2006 Alan Greenspan retires as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

US Fed Chairman & Economist Alan Greenspan
US Fed Chairman & Economist
Alan Greenspan
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2016 "World's best chef" French-Swiss Benoît Violier found dead after apparent suicide weeks after being named world's best by La Liste
  • 2017 Romanian government passes emergency decree to release prisoners and decriminalise corruption charges, triggering huge protests in Bucharest

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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

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 119 of 119

  • 1941 Richard A Gephardt, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )
  • 1944 Anton Korteweg, Dutch poet (For the Good Order)
  • 1944 Eugene Terre Blanche, South African leader of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging
  • 1946 Terry Kath, rocker (Chicago-If You Leave Me Now)
  • 1948 Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician
  • 1949 Ken Wilber, American philosopher
  • 1951 Presiley Baxendale, British QC
  • 1952 Rosanne Musgrave, headmistress (Blackheath HS)
  • 1952 Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter (d. 1969)
  • 1956 Trevor A Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • 1960 Grant Morrison, British comic book author
  • 1961 Fatou Bensouda, Gambian lawyer and Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, born in Banjul, Gambia
  • 1966 Dr Umar Alisha, A Sufi Master was Born at Pithapuram.
  • 1975 Jackie O, Australian radio host
  • 1977 Jim Kleinsasser, National Football League tight end
  • 1978 Brad Rutter, Jeopardy! champion
  • 1978 Ray Shah, Irish DJ, TV, radio presenter
  • 1979 Daniel Tammet, British autistic savant
  • 1982 Jānis Sprukts, National Hockey League player

Weddings in History

Deaths in History