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This was 31st day of the year and 334 days remained in the year.

January 31 Birthdays

Franz Schubert
1797–1828, Austrian Composer.

Zane Grey
author (1872)

Tallulah Bankhead
actress (1902)

John O'Hara
novelist and short-story writer, (1905)

Thomas Merton
religious writer and poet (1915)

Jackie Robinson
baseball player (1919)

Carol Channing
comedienne, singer (1921)

Norman Mailer
writer (1923)

Minnie Driver
actress (1970)

Justin Timberlake
pop musician (1981)

January 31 in History


Guy Fawkes, a co-conspirator in the Gunpowder Plot, was executed.


Robert E. Lee was appointed commander-in-chief of the Confederate forces.


The House of Representatives approved the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery in the United States.


The first social security check was issued to Ida Fuller for $22.54.


The first U.S. earth satellite, Explorer I, was launched.


The first McDonald's opened in Russia.

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