January 31

Facts & Historical Events On This Day

2020

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

2015

New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko became the youngest golfer to rank No. 1 in the world.

1999

'Family Guy' by Seth MacFarlane premiered on Fox.

1988

Doug Williams became the first African-American quarterback to play in the Super Bowl.

1971

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

1961

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

1958

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

1949

The first-ever daytime soap opera, These Are My Children, aired on NBC.

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

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.

1627

The Spanish government became bankrupt.