January 31 in History
1943January 31, 1943:
Friedrich Paulus, a German Field Marshall surrenders to the Soviet Red Army in Stalingrad during World War II.
1958January 31, 1958:
The United States sends its first artificial satellite, the Explorer 1 into space.
1961January 31, 1961:
“The Misfits”, starring Marilyn Munroe and Clark Gable is released worldwide.
1966January 31, 1966:
The Luna 9 from the Soviet Union is launched, becoming the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the moon.
1977January 31, 1977:
France opens its national cultural center, the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
1988January 31, 1988:
The Washington Redskins, led by the first African-American quarterback to play in the Super Bowl, Doug Williams, defeat the Denver Broncos to become the Super Bowl XXII champions.
1990January 31, 1990:
Moscow becomes home to the Soviet Union’s first McDonald’s restaurant.
2001January 31, 2001:
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, a Libyan terrorist gets convicted for his role in the Pan Am flight 103 bombing of 1988.
2015January 31, 2015:
Korean-born New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko becomes the world’s female number one golfer at 17 years old, making her the youngest number one-ranked golfer of either gender in the history of the sport.
2020January 31, 2020:
The United Kingdom officially exits the European Union.