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This Day in History: January 31

January 31: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1846 - After the Milwaukee Bridge War, Juneautown and Kilbourntown unify as the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  2. 1862 - Alvan Graham Clark discovers the white dwarf star Sirius B, a companion of Sirius, through an 18.5-inch (47 cm) telescope now located at Northwestern University.
  3. 1865 - American Civil War: The United States Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, abolishing slavery and submits it to the states for ratification.
  4. 1958 - Explorer program: Explorer 1 - The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit.
  5. 1996 - Comet Hyakutake is discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Franz Schubert (Austrian composer), Theodore William Richards (American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate), Irving Langmuir (American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate), Rudolf Mössbauer (German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate), Kenzaburō Ōe (Japanese author, Nobel Prize laureate)

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