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31JAN11

Births for January 31

  • 1601 Pieter de Bloot, landscape painter
  • 1607 James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby
  • 1612 Hendrik Casimir I, count of Nassau-Dietz
  • 1620 Georg F von Waldeck, German commander-in-chief
  • 1623 Francois-Xavier de Laval
  • 1633 Nathaniel Crew, English bishop (Durham)
  • 1734 Robert Morris, merchant (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • 1787 Louis Angely, German, teacher (Sieben M„dchen in Uniform)
  • 1797 Franz Peter Schubert, Lichtenthal Aust, composer (Unfinished Symphony
  • 1810 Daniel Ruggles, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1897
  • 1812 John Randolph Tucker, Capt (Confederate Navy), died in 1883
  • 1817 Antony Winkler Prins, writer (Groiller Encyclopaedia)
  • 1818 William Raine Peck, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1871
  • 1830 James Gillespie Blaine, Penns, journalist (Plumed Knight)/MC (Union)
  • 1863 F Henri Berz, French existensialist philospher (Revue the Synthesis)
  • 1866 Emil Strauss, Germany, writer (Der nackte Mann)
  • 1868 Theodore William Richards, chemist (atomic weights, Nobel-1914)
  • 1872 Zane Grey, American West novelist (Spirit of the Border)
  • 1877 Max Ettlinger, German philospher
  • 1878 Willem J M van Eysinga, people rights scholar
  • 1881 Irving Langmuir, physical chemist/colloid researcher (Nobel '32)
  • 1881 Joseph A Cushman, US, palentologist
  • 1882 Anna Pavlova, St Petersburg Russia, ballerina/choreographer
  • 1884 Nicholas Joy, Paris France, actor (Boss Lady)
  • 1886 Alfonso Lopez, Columbia, statesman (Pres UN security council-1948)
  • 1892 Eddie Cantor, NYC, comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater)
  • 1893 Lady Freya Stark, English author
  • 1902 Alva Myrdal, Uppsala Sweden, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize-1982)
  • 1902 Jean C M Picart le Doux, France, carpet entrepreneur
  • 1902 Julian H Steward, US anthropologist/professor
  • 1903 Gardner Cowles, Iowa, publisher/founder (Look Magazine)
  • 1903 Tallulah Bankhead Huntsville Ala,, actress (Lifeboat, Die Die Darling
  • 1904 E of Ruller, journalist/ARP-alderman/co-founder (Loyal)
  • 1904 L‚on N H Jungschlaeger, head milt intelligence Neth-Indies
  • 1905 Anna Blaman, (Johanna P Vrugt), writer (Wife & Friend)
  • 1905 John O'Hara, Pottstown Penn, novelist (Appointment at Samarra)
  • 1906 R W Bonham, founder (International Braille Chess Association)
  • 1908 Ren‚ Simone Mathieu, France, doubles tennis star (Wimbeldon 1934)
  • 1913 Don Hutson, NFL end (Packers)
  • 1913 Wayne Millner, NFL end (Boston/Washington Redskins)
  • 1914 Carey Lofton, Blountsville Fla, actor (Skinner-Troubleshooters)
  • 1914 Jersey Joe Walcott, heavyweight boxing champ (1951-52)
  • 1915 Bobby Hackett, Providence RI, trumpeteer/orch leader (Air Time '57)
  • 1915 Garry Moore, (Thomas Garrison Morfit), Balt, host (I've Got a Secret)
  • 1915 Thomas Merton, France, Trappist monk/poet/essayist (7 Storey Mt)
  • 1919 Jackie Robinson, Ga, 1st black major league baseball player (Dodgers)
  • 1920 Stewart L Udall, Ariz, US Secretary of interior (1961-69)
  • 1921 Carol Channing, Seattle Wash, actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
  • 1921 John Agar, Chicago, actor (Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima)
  • 1921 Mario Lanza, Phila, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans)
  • 1922 William Sylvester, Oakland Calif, actor (2001, Gorgo, Gemini Man)
  • 1923 Joanne Dru, Logan WV, actress (Guestwood Ho, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
  • 1923 Norman Mailer, NYC mayoral candidate/novelist (Naked & the Dead)
  • 1925 Benjamin Hooks, civil rights leader
  • 1925 Charles Aidman, Frankfort Ind, narrator (New Twilight Zone)
  • 1926 Jean Simmons, London England, actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls)
  • 1929 Rudolf M”ssbauer, Germany, physicist (Nobel 1961)
  • 1930 Lynn Carlin, LA Calif, actress (Joan Hunter-James at 15)
  • 1931 Ernie Banks, "Mr Cub", Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (1st baseman)
  • 1932 Pieter Brattinga, graphic artist
  • 1933 Joseph D Early, (Rep-D-MA, 1975- )
  • 1933 Walter Paulis, mineworker/pilot/Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • 1934 James Franciscus, Clayton Mo, actor (Mr Novak, Longstreet, Hunter)
  • 1935 Oe Kenzaburo, Japanese novelist (The Catch, A Personal Matter)
  • 1937 Philip Glass, Baltimore Md, composer (Einstein on the Beach)
  • 1937 Steve Karmen, Bronx NY, jingle writer (I Love NY, This Bud's for You)
  • 1937 Suzanne Pleshette, NYC, actress (Birds, Emily-Bob Newhart Show)
  • 1938 Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, queen of Netherlands (1980- )
  • 1938 James G Watt, Colo, US Secretary of Interior (1981-83)
  • 1940 Jessica Walter, Bkln NY, actress (Play Misty For Me, Amy Prentiss)
  • 1940 Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
  • 1941 Richard A Gephardt, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )
  • 1944 Charley Musselwhite, musician (Stand Back, Louisiana Fog)
  • 1946 Glynn Turman, NYC, actor (Lew-Peyton Place, Manimal, Centennial)
  • 1946 Jonathan Banks, Wash DC, actor (Armed & Dangerous, Cold Steel)
  • 1946 Terry Kath, rocker (Chicago-If You Leave Me Now)
  • 1947 Nolan Ryan, pitcher (Mets, Angels, Astros) (6 no-hitters, 5000+ Ks)
  • 1951 Harry Casey, (KC), rock vocalist (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • 1951 Phil Manzanera, rock guitarist (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together)
  • 1953 Aart Mol, bassist (Catapult)
  • 1954 Adrian Vandenberg, rock guitarist (Whitesnake)
  • 1956 Johnny Rotten, (John Lydon), rocker (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)
  • 1957 Shirley Babashoff, US, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1958 Rafael Santana, shortstop (NY Mets, NY Yankees)
  • 1958 Tom Schuman, pianist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • 1961 Lloyd Cole, guitar/vocals (& the Commotions-Rattlesnakes)
  • 1963 Scott Ian Rosenfeld, Bayside NY, rocker (Anthrax-Protest & Survive)
  • 1965 Bianca Yasmin Salahshourian, Fairfield Conn, Miss Conn-America (1991)


Passings for January 31

  • 1561 Menno Simonsz, priest/predictor (Foundation Book), dies
  • 1606 Guy Fawkes, convicted in the "Gunpowder Plot," is executed
  • 1788 Charles E Stuart, English pretender to the throne, dies
  • 1933 John Galsworthy, England, writer (Forsyte, Nobel 1932), dies
  • 1945 Eddie Slovik, 1st American executed for desertion since Civil War
  • 1949 Henri de Vries, (Hendricus van Walterop), actor, dies
  • 1954 Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63
  • 1954 Florence Bates, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama), dies at 65
  • 1955 John R Mott, US theologist/founder (YMCA, Nobel 1946), dies at 89
  • 1967 Otto Dibelius, German theologian/bishop, dies at 86
  • 1972 Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, king of Nepal (1955-72), dies at 51
  • 1972 Howard Barlow, conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 79
  • 1973 Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist, dies
  • 1974 Samuel Goldwyn, Polish/English/US film magnate (MGM), dies at 91
  • 1989 Jack Douglas, humorist (My Brother Was an Only Child), dies at 80
  • 1992 Wim van Heumen, hockey coach (Netherlands), dies


Special events for January 31

  • 314 St Silvester I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 876 Charles becomes king of Italy
  • 1504 By treaty of Lyons, French cede Naples to Ferdinand of Aragon
  • 1578 Battle of Gembloers
  • 1779 Charles Messier adds M57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra) to his catalog
  • 1842 John Tyler's daughter Elizabeth marries in the White House
  • 1849 Corn Laws abolished in Britain
  • 1851 SF Orphan's Asylum, 1st in Calif founded
  • 1855 Western railroads blocked by snow
  • 1861 State of Louisiana takes over US Mint at New Orleans
  • 1862 Telescope maker Alvin Clark discovers dwarf companion of Sirius
  • 1863 1st black Civil War regiment, SC Volunteers, mustered into US army
  • 1865 Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (121-24
  • 1865 Gen Robert E Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies
  • 1871 Millions of birds fly over western SF, darken the sky
  • 1874 Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill, Missouri
  • 1883 J Palisa discovers asteroid #232 Russia
  • 1895 Jos‚ Mart¡ & others leave NYC for invasion of Spanish Cuba
  • 1901 Chekhov's "Three Sisters" opens at the Moscow Art Theater
  • 1901 Winnipeg Victorias sweep Montr‚al Shamrocks in 2 for the Stanley Cup
  • 1905 1st auto to exceed 100 mph (161 kph), A G MacDonald, Daytona Beach
  • 1905 Carroll Wright appointed 1st US Commissioner of Labor
  • 1906 Strongest instrumentally recorded earthquake, Colombia, 8.6 Richter
  • 1911 Congress names SF as Panama Canal opening celebration site
  • 1915 1st (German) poison gas attack, against Russians
  • 1917 Germany notifies US that U-boats will attack neutral merchant ship
  • 1920 1st Ukrainian daily newspaper in US (NYC) begins publication
  • 1920 Joe Malone, Qu‚bec Bulldogs, sets NHL record with 7 goals in a game
  • 1920 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, at Howard University, incorporates
  • 1924 Reinmuth discovers asteroid #1015 Christa, #1016 Anitra & #1056 Azale
  • 1925 Premier Ahmed Zogu becomes president of Angolia
  • 1927 Intl allies military command in Germany disbands
  • 1928 Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company
  • 1929 Erich Maria Remarques publishes "Im West nieces Neues" in Berlin
  • 1929 Leon Trotsky expelled from Russia to Turkey
  • 1930 1st US glider flight from a dirigible, Lakehurst, NJ
  • 1931 NHL's Quebec Bulldogs' Joseph Malone scores a record 7 goals
  • 1933 French cabinet of Daladier takes power
  • 1934 FDR devalued the dollar in relation to gold at $35 per ounce
  • 1935 30.5 cm (12.0") of rain falls, Quinault RS, Wash (state record)
  • 1941 Anti-German demonstration in Haarlem Netherlands
  • 1941 Anti-German disturbances in Heerlen
  • 1941 Joe Louis beats Red Burman
  • 1943 Chile breaks contact with Germany & Japan
  • 1943 Hitler names Gen Friedrich von Paul, field marshal
  • 1946 Yugoslavia adopts new constitution, becomes a federal republic
  • 1948 J D Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Banana Fish" appears in NY
  • 1949 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)
  • 1950 Pres Truman gives oks building of hydrogen bomb
  • 1953 "Princess Victoria" capsized off Stanraer Scotland; 133 die
  • 1953 Hurricane-like winds flood Netherlands drowning 1,835
  • 1956 Juscelino Kubitschek becomes president of Brazil
  • 1957 Liz Taylor's 2nd divorce (Michael Wilding)
  • 1958 "Jackpot Bowling" premiers on NBC with Leo Durocher as host
  • 1958 James van Allen discovers radiation belt
  • 1958 US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1
  • 1960 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress/singer Phyllis Newman in NYC
  • 1961 Ben Gurion cabinet in Israel resigns
  • 1961 David Ben Gurion resigns as premier of Israel
  • 1961 Ham is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2
  • 1961 NATO secretary-general Paul-Henri Spoke resigns
  • 1961 USAF launches Samos spy satellite to replace U-2 flights
  • 1962 Samuel Gravely assumes command of destroyer escort "USS Falgout"
  • 1963 Tony Sheridan & the Beat Brothers record "What'd I Say" & "Ruby Baby"
  • 1964 US report "Smoking & Health" connects smoking to lung cancer
  • 1966 USSR launches Luna 9 toward the Moon
  • 1968 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
  • 1968 Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32"), at Agata, USSR
  • 1968 Viet Cong's Tet offensive begins
  • 1970 C Kowal discovers asteroid #1876 Napolitania
  • 1970 Grateful Dead members busted on LSD charges
  • 1971 Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
  • 1972 Birenda, becomes leader of Nepal
  • 1972 Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana
  • 1972 US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998)
  • 1974 MacDonald's founder Ray Kroc buys San Diego Padres
  • 1975 John Lennon releases "#9 Dream"
  • 1975 UCLA wins NCAA basketball championship
  • 1978 Israel turns 3 milt outposts in West Bank into civilian settlements
  • 1982 10 Arabian oryx (extinct except in zoos) released in Oman
  • 1982 12th AFC-NFC pro bowl, AFC wins 16-13
  • 1985 S Afr pres PW Botha offers to free Mandela if he denounces violence
  • 1987 United Steelworkers union ratified a concessionary with USX Corp
  • 1988 Barge sinks near Anacortes, WA, spills 70,000 gallons of oil
  • 1988 Super Bowl XXII-Redskins beat Broncos 42-10
  • 1990 1st McDonalds in Russia opens in Moscow, world's biggest McDonalds
  • 1990 The 1st ever all-sports daily "The National" begins publishing
  • 1991 Robert Gibson flies record 27,040 feet altitude
  • 1992 MTA raised tolls on most NYC bridges from $2,50 to $3.00
  • 1992 Sportscaster Howard Cossell retires


Songs for date January 31

  • 01/31/41 --- High On A Windy Hill (Bradley, Will)
  • 01/31/41 --- Summit Ridge Drive (Shaw, Artie)
  • 01/31/46 --- I'm Always Chasing Rainbows (Haymes, Dick)
  • 01/31/47 --- Open The Door, Richard (Fletcher, "Dusty")
  • 01/31/47 --- Managua, Nicaragua (Martin, Freddy)
  • 01/31/53 --- Pretend (Cole, Nat King)
  • 01/31/53 --- Anywhere I Wander (La Rosa, Julius)
  • 01/31/62 --- Norman (Thompson, Sue)
  • 01/31/70 --- Rainy Night In Georgia (Benton, Brook)
  • 01/31/76 --- December 1963 (Oh, What A Night) (Four Seasons)
  • 01/31/76 --- Dream Weaver (Wright, Gary)
  • 01/31/81 --- Hello Again (Diamond, Neil)
  • 01/31/87 --- Mandolin Rain (Hornsby, Bruce)
  • 01/31/87 --- Respect Yourself (Willis, Bruce)
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