2021 January

January 31: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 31

January 31st is known as Gorilla Suit Day & Backward Day.

Also, congratulations we have made to the end of the month! It’s been a long one but I’m sure it’s been worth it. This day marks the 31st day of the year.

People who were born on January 31 share the Aquarius star sign.

Here you’ll find facts about January 31, as well as important events that happened on this day throughout history. You can also find some less important events that happened on this day, but still interesting nonetheless.

Did you know that on this day in 1961, a chimpanzee named Ham became the first primate to go to space? It was part of the Mercury-Redstone 2 mission.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 31st in history!

What Happened On January 31 In History?

2020

The United Kingdom left the European Union, also known as “Brexit.”

OTD in 2020: The United Kingdom left the European Union
The withdrawal agreement was ratified at 23:00.
Source BBC
1999

“Family Guy” by Seth MacFarlane premiered on Fox.

1971

NASA’s Apollo 14 spacecraft was launched and headed for the moon.

The mission was the third time humans had been to the moon.
Source NASA
1961

A chimpanzee named Ham became the first primate to go to space aboard the US MR-2 spacecraft.

The trip was part of the Mercury Mission which aimed to put the first man into Earth's orbit. Ham played a vital role in teaching us that tasks could be carried out in space. Ham survived the trip and spent the rest of his life in zoos in Washington D.C. and North Carolina before passing away in 1983. His remains were buried in the International Space Hall of Fame.
1958

Explorer 1, the first American satellite was launched into space.

The Explorer 1 was America's answer to the Soviet Union's Sputnik 1, which kicked off the Space Age when it launched in 1957.
1933

The day after being appointed, Adolf Hitler called for new elections to ensure he would win majority votes.

1905

British driver, Arthur MacDonald was the first to break 100 miles per hour in an automobile at Daytona Beach, Florida, US.

1874

Jesse James gang robbed up to $22,000 on a train at Gads Hill, Missouri, US.

OTD in 1874: Jesse James gang robbed up to $22
1871

San Francisco’s skies went dark after millions of birds flew across the city’s western side.

1862

Alvan Graham Clark discovered the white dwarf star Sirius B.

He discovered the star through an 18.5-inch (47 cm) telescope, which is now located at the Northwestern University.
1627

The Spanish government became bankrupt.

Did you know that on this day, January 31st 1961, a chimpanzee named Ham became the first primate to go to space?