History of 31 January

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History of 31 January

  • 1982 – Sandy Duncan gave her final performance as “Peter Pan” in Los Angeles, CA. She completed 956 performances without missing a show.
  • 1983 – The wearing of seat belts in cars became compulsory in Britain.
  • 1983 – JCPenney announced plans to spend in excess of $1 billion over the next five years to modernize stores and to accelerate a repositioning program.
  • 1985 – The final Jeep rolled off the assembly line at the AMC plant in Toledo, OH.
  • 1990 – McDonald’s Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow, Russia.
  • 1995 – U.S. President Clinton invoked presidential emergency authority to provide a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.
  • 1996 – In Columbo, Sri Lanka, a truck was rammed into the gates of the Central Bank. The truck filled with explosives killed at least 86 and injured 1,400.
  • 2000 – John Rocker (Atlanta Braves) was suspended from major league baseball for disparaging foreigners, homosexuals, and minorities in an interview published by Sports Illustrated.
  • 2000 – An Alaska Airlines jet crashed into the ocean off Southern California. All 88 people on board were killed.
  • 2001 – A Scottish court in the Netherlands convicted one Libyan and acquitted a second in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that occurred in 1988.
  • 2005 – Keanu Reeves received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2009 – In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.
  • 2012 – The Toyota Corolla is known as the best-selling car of all time. Selling over 37.5 million units.
  • 2018 – Both a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse occur.
  • 2020 – The United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union will cease in accordance with Article 50 after 47 years of being a member state.

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – Julio Arca, the Argentinian footballer
  • 1981 – Mark Cameron, Australian cricketer
  • 1981 – Justin Timberlake, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor
  • 1982 – Maret Ani, an Estonian tennis player
  • 1982 – Yuniesky Betancourt, Cuban baseball player
  • 1982 – Andreas Görlitz, German footballer
  • 1982 – Salvatore Masiello, Italian footballer
  • 1982 – Allan McGregor, Scottish footballer
  • 1982 – Jānis Sprukts, Latvian ice hockey player
  • 1982 – Yukimi Nagano, Swedish singer-songwriter
  • 1982 – Brad Thompson, American baseball player
  • 1983 – James Sutton, English actor
  • 1983 – Fabio Quagliarella, Italian footballer
  • 1984 – Vernon Davis, American football player
  • 1984 – Josh Johnson, Canadian-American baseball player
  • 1984 – Jeremy Wariner, American runner
  • 1984 – Alessandro Zanni, Italian rugby player
  • 1985 – Adam Federici, Australian footballer
  • 1985 – Mario Williams, American football player
  • 1986 – Megan Ellison, American film producer, founded Annapurna Pictures
  • 1986 – George Elokobi, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1986 – Yves Ma-Kalambay, Belgian footballer
  • 1986 – Pauline Parmentier, a French tennis player
  • 1987 – Marcus Mumford, American-English singer-songwriter
  • 1988 – Justine Ozga, a German tennis player
  • 1988 – Brett Pitman, English footballer
  • 1988 – Taijo Teniste, Estonian footballer
  • 1988 – Kyle Kulinski, American talk show host
  • 1990 – Jacopo Fortunato, Italian footballer
  • 1990 – Jacob Markström, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1990 – Kota Yabu, Japanese idol, singer-songwriter, model, actor
  • 1994 – Kenneth Zohore, Danish footballer
  • 1995 – Sten Olmre, Estonian basketball player

 

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