31 January It Happened Today
1788 Death of Bonnie Prince Charlie, pretender to the English throne.
1835 Attempted assassination on US president Andrew Jackson.
1917 The USA enters World War I.
1921 Birth of the American tenor singer Mario Lanza.
1923 Birth of the American author Norman Mailer.
1956 Death of English author A A Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh.
1974 Death of the American film producer Sam Goldwyn.
2000 British doctor Harold Shipman is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 15 of his patients. The real number of deaths attributable to Shipman could be over 100.