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 This day in History - January 31
421 Historic Events for January 31
1836

Henryk Szulc, composer

Birth
1842

John Tyler's daughter Elizabeth marries in White House

Event
1849

Corn Laws abolished in Britain

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1851

Gail Borden announces invention of evaporated milk

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1851

SF Orphan's Asylum, 1st in Calif, founded

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1854

Dutch KNMI established (Royal Meteorological Institute)

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1855

Western railroads blocked by snow

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1861

Franciscus J van Vree, Dutch Catholic foreman, dies at 53

Death
1861

State of Louisiana takes over US Mint at New Orleans

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1861

Friedrich Hebbel's "Siegfrieds Tod," premieres in Weimar

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1862

Telescope maker Alvin Clark discovers dwarf companion of Sirius

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1863

1st black Civil War regiment, SC Volunteers, mustered into US army

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1863

F Henri Berz, French existensialist philosopher (Revue the Synthesis)

Birth
1864

Hamilton Rowan Gamble, US judge/governor of Missouri (1861-64), dies

Death
1865

Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (121-24)

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1865

Gen Robert E Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies

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1866

Emil Strauss, Germany, writer (Naked Man)

Birth
1866

Henry Forster, cricketer (Oxford blue 1887-89, later Aust Gov-General)

Birth
1868

Theodore William Richards, chemist (atomic weights, Nobel-1914)

Birth
1869

Henry graaf Carton de Wiart, Belgian literary/premier (1920-21)

Birth
1871

Millions of birds fly over western SF, darkens sky

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1872

Zane Grey, American West novelist (Riders of the Purple Sage)

Birth
1874

Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill, Missouri

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1877

Max Ettlinger, German philosopher

Birth
1878

Willem J M van Eysinga, Dutch international law jurist

Birth