Today in History, English
Today in History, English

12301January 31Event1953 – A North Sea flood causes over 1,800 deaths in the Netherlands and over 300 in the United Kingdom
12302January 31Event1957 – Eight people on the ground in Pacoima, California are killed following the mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet.
12303January 31Event1958 – Explorer program: Explorer 1: The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit.
12304January 31Event1958 – James Van Allen discovers the Van Allen radiation belt.
12305January 31Event1961 – Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 2: Ham the Chimp travels into outer space.
12306January 31Event1966 – The Soviet Union launches the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft as part of the Luna program.
12307January 31Event1968 – Vietnam War: Viet Cong attack the United States embassy in Saigon, and other attacks, in the early morning hours, later grouped together as the Tet Offensive.
12308January 31Event1968 – Nauru gains independence from Australia.
12309January 31Event1971 – Apollo program: Apollo 14: Astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, aboard a Saturn V, lift off for a mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands on the Moon.
12310January 31Event1971 – The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begins in Detroit.
12311January 31Event1990 – The first McDonald's in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow.
12312January 31Event1995 – President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.
12313January 31Event1996 – An explosives-filled truck rams into the gates of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka killing at least 86 and injuring 1,400.
12314January 31Event1996 – Comet Hyakutake is discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake.
12315January 31Event2000 – Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crash: An MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 aboard.
12316January 31Event2001 – In the Netherlands, a Scottish court convicts Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and acquits another Libyan citizen for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
12317January 31Event2003 – The Waterfall rail accident occurs near Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia.
12318January 31Event2007 – Suspects are arrested in Birmingham in the UK, accused of plotting the kidnap, holding and eventual beheading of a serving Muslim British soldier in Iraq.
12319January 31Event2009 – 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.
12320January 31Event2010 – Avatar becomes the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide.
12321January 31Event2011 – A winter storm hits North America for the second time in the same month, causing $1.8 billion in damage across the United States and Canada and killing 24 people.
12322January 31Event2013 – An explosion at the Pemex Executive Tower in Mexico City kills at least 33 people and injures more than 100.
12323January 31Birth36 BC – Antonia Minor, Greek daughter of Mark Antony (d. 38 AD)
12324January 31Birth877 – Taejo of Goryeo (d. 943)
12325January 31Birth1512 – Henry, King of Portugal (d. 1580)
12326January 31Birth1543 – Tokugawa Ieyasu, Japanese shogun (d. 1616)
12327January 31Birth1550 – Henry I, Duke of Guise (d. 1588)
12328January 31Birth1597 – John Francis Regis, French priest and saint (d. 1640)
12329January 31Birth1624 – Arnold Geulincx, Flemish philosopher and academic (d. 1669)
12330January 31Birth1673 – Louis de Montfort, French priest and saint (d. 1716)

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