Sunday, January 31, 2016

What Happened This Day In History - January 31

January 31
1606Guy Fawkes is hanged, drawn and quartered for his part in the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to blow up Parliament.
1620Virginia colony leaders write to the Virginia Company in England, asking for more orphaned apprentices for employment.
1788The Young Pretender, Charles Edward Stuart dies.
1835A man with two pistols misfires at President Andrew Jackson at the White House.
1865House of Representatives approves a constitutional amendment abolishingslavery.
1911The German Reichstag exempts royal families from tax obligations.
1915Germans use poison gas on the Russians at Bolimov.
1915German U-boats sink two British steamers in the English Channel.
1916President Woodrow Wilson refuses the compromise on Lusitaniareparations.
1917Germany resumes unlimited sub warfare, warning that all neutral ships that are in the war zone will be attacked.
1935The Soviet premier tells Japan to get out of Manchuria.
1943The Battle of Stalingrad ends as small groups of German soldiers of the Sixth Army surrender to the victorious Red Army forces.
1944U.S. troops under Vice Adm. Spruance land on Kwajalien atoll in the Marshall Islands.
1950Paris protests the Soviet recognition of Ho Chi Minh‘s Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
1966U.S. planes resume bombing of North Vietnam after a 37-day pause.
1968In Vietnam, the Tet Offensive begins as Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers attack strategic and civilian locations throughout South Vietnam.
1976Ernesto Miranda, famous from the Supreme Court ruling on Miranda vs. Arizona is stabbed to death.
1981Lech Walesa announces an accord in Poland, giving Saturdays off to laborers.

Born on January 31
1734Robert Morris, signatory of the Declaration of Independence.
1797Franz Schubert, Austrian composer (C Major SymphonyThe Unfinished Symphony).
1919Jackie Robinson, first African-American baseball player in the modern major leagues.
1925Benjamin Hooks, civil rights leader.

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