Makhanlal Chaturvedi
Makhanlal Chaturvedi

This Day in History on 31 January

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 31 January. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Street Children’s Day (Austria)


Important Events

2001 – 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.
2009 – 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.
2018 – Both a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse occur.
2019 – Abdullah of Pahang is sworn in as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.[8]
2020 – The United Kingdom’s membership within the European Union ceases in accordance with Article 50, after 47 years of being a member state.[

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1865 – Shastriji Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader, founded BAPS (d. 1951)

1966 – Umar Alisha, Indian journalist and philanthropist

1975 – Preity Zinta, Indian actress, producer, and television host

Death/ Death Anniversary

1961 – Krishna Singh, Indian politician, 1st Chief Minister of Bihar (b. 1887)

1969 – Meher Baba, Indian spiritual master (b. 1894)

2004 – Suraiya, Indian actress and playback singer (b. 1929)

2012 – Mani Ram Bagri, Indian lawyer and politician (b. 1920)

Futher Reading

Month-wise This Day in History