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On This Day in History, January 31

What Happened On This Day – January 31

  • 2011 Myanmar's first elected parliament in half a century convenes

    The event underlined a general move towards democracy in the country.

  • 2000 Alaska Airlines flight 261 crashes into the sea

    The MD-83 experienced horizontal stabilizer problems before descending into the Pacific Ocean, killing all 88 on board.

  • 1996 A suicide bombing in Sri Lanka kills 91 people

    Separatist Tamil Tigers detonated a truck loaded with explosives in front of the central bank in Colombo.

  • 1961 Ham the Chimp travels into outer space

    The chimpanzee survived the US Mercury Program test flight with just a bruised nose.

  • 1865 The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is passed

    The Amendment, which officially abolished slavery, was adopted on December 6, 1865.

Births On This Day – January 31

  • 1982 Elena Paparizou

    Greek/Swedish singer-songwriter

  • 1975 Preity Zinta

    Indian actress

  • 1937 Philip Glass

    American composer

  • 1919 Jackie Robinson

    American baseball player

  • 1797 Franz Schubert

    Austrian composer

Deaths On This Day – January 31

  • 1969 Meher Baba

    Indian mystic

  • 1956 A. A. Milne

    English author

  • 1954 Edwin Armstrong

    American engineer, invented FM radio

  • 1888 John Bosco

    Italian priest, educator

  • 1606 Guy Fawkes

    English soldier, planned the Gunpowder Plot