On This Day in History, January 31

For those with a soft spot for kids, this National Streets Children’s Day reminds us to always share and send love to the vulnerable. January 31st has had many events that made it to the books of history.

Read to find out what happened on this day in history!

  • 1874 – Jesse James’ gang robbed a train at Gads Hill, Missouri.
  • 1924 – Herma Szabo of Austria won the ladies figure skating gold medal at the Chamonix 1st Winter Olympics.
  • 1929 – Sunday sports were to be permitted in Boston as of this day.
  • 1933 – Adolf Hitler promised a parliamentary democracy.
  • 1942 – Car production by companies such as Chevrolet or DeSoto was stopped.
  • 1943 – Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus surrendered to Soviet troops at Stalingrad.
  • 1950 – President Truman approved the U.S. construction of the hydrogen bomb.
  • 1959 – Joe Cronin signed a 7-year pact to become head of AL.
  • 1972 – Aretha Franklin sang at Mahalia Jackson’s funeral.
  • 1982 – US male Figure Skating championship was won by Scott Hamilton.
  • 1985 – South African President P. W. Botha offered to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence.
  • 1990 – The first McDonald’s was opened in Russia, in the city of Moscow.
  • 1995 – President Bill Clinton authorized a $20 billion loan to Mexico to help stabilize its economy.
  • 2004 – Six U.S.-bound flights from England, Scotland, and France were canceled due to security concerns.
  • 2006 – Alan Greenspan retired as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
  • 2006 – US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor retired and got replaced by Samuel Alito.
  • 2015- 17-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand became the youngest golfer in golf history to be ranked No. 1 in the world.
  • 2017- US President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Sally Yates after she instructed Justice Department officials not to defend Trump’s travel ban.
  • 2019- Catholic leaders in Texas named 286 priests accused of sexually abusing children, dating back to 1940.
  • 2021- Widespread protests in Russia against the detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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