Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/January 31

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This is a list of selected January 31 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled January 31, 2019 featured article or the January 31, 2019 featured picture.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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1747 – The London Lock Hospital, the first clinic specialising in the treatment of venereal diseases, opened. unsourced date, and problems with references see article talk
1801John Marshall became the fourth Chief Justice of the United States; his court opinions helped lay the basis for American constitutional law and made the Supreme Court a coequal branch of government. refimprove section
1846 – After having come to blows over the construction of a bridge, the citizens of two neighboring towns united to form the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. refimprove section
1876 – The United States ordered all Native Americans to move into reservations. fact not in article
1917World War I: Germany announced its U-boats would resume unrestricted submarine warfare, less than two years after having suspended its attacks after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. refimprove
1919Intense rioting over labour conditions broke out in Glasgow, Scotland, and was only quelled when the British government sent tanks to restore order. refimprove
1942Second World War: Allied forces retreated from British Malaya to Singapore, ceding control of the country to Japan. refimprove section
1945World War II: Eddie Slovik became the only American soldier executed for desertion since the American Civil War. refimprove
1946 – In the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, a new constitution established the six constituent republics: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. promotional content
1953 – The North Sea flood and its associated storm began hitting the coastlines of several European countries along the North Sea, eventually killing more than 2,000 people. refimprove
1958Explorer 1, the United States' first satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and became the first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt. refimprove section
1971 – The Vietnam Veterans Against the War opened the Winter Soldier Investigation, a three-day media event to publicize war crimes and other atrocities by American forces and their allies during the Vietnam War. refimprove section
2001 – Scottish judges sitting in court in the Netherlands convicted Libyan national Abdelbaset al-Megrahi of 270 counts of murder in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. lots of CN tags
2011 – Days after a major blizzard struck the northeastern United States and Canada, a second, more powerful storm swept across the continent from the Mountain States to the eastern seaboard and caused $1.8 billion in damage. expansion

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January 31: Independence Day in Nauru (1968); Tu BiShvat (Judaism, 2018)

Damage caused by the Pemex explosion
Damage caused by the Pemex explosion

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