Saturday, the 31st of January, 2015 is the 31th day in 2015 and in the 5th calendar week.

General Events:

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
January 31, 2015 in the World

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day celebrates art and the effect it can have on your heart. Art is valued and appreciated for all sorts of reasons.

Go to a gallery, theatre, cinema, or music venue, and soak up the art. Remember the instruction, though: Inspire Your Heart. Care is needed.

Have you noticed how edgy the arts have been getting lately? It’s not about truth and beauty any more. Artists want to shock you. That’s their new raison d’etre, and while it might thrill and enrage you, it’s not necessarily good for your heart.

So the key to getting the most out of this day is being selective about your art, and choosing something that will inspire your heart rather than expire it. You know what you like of course: Go consume it!

Where is the event??
Worldwide

Backward Day 2015
January 31, 2015 in the World

Backward Day takes place on January 31, 2015. It is a day to do everything backwards. There are different ways to celebrate this day: walk backward, put your clothes on backward, walk backward, try to write, or speak, or read backwards. Backward is then defined as the opposite direction to forward.

Where is the event?
Worldwide

National Brandy Alexander Day
January 31, 2015 in the USA

Brandy Alexander is a tasty chocolate cocktail that became popular in the 1920s. Its predecessor was the gin-based Alexander cocktail, which was all but abandoned once the “Alexander #2” arrived on the scene.

According to legend, the first Brandy Alexander cocktail appeared at the wedding of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles in London in 1922. It wasn’t long before the cocktail became a pop culture icon. You can find references to Brandy Alexander in countless movies, television shows, and songs. It was also John Lennon’s drink of choice, but he liked to refer to it as his “milkshake.”

To make a Brandy Alexander, combine 1½ oz brandy, 1½ oz crème de cacao, and 2 oz heavy cream or soy creamer. Shake vigorously in a shaker half-filled with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with some delicious nutmeg and enjoy! Happy Brandy Alexander Day!

Where is the event?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events on 31st January:

1504 – By treaty of Lyons, French cede Naples to Ferdinand of Aragon

1627 – Spanish government goes bankrupt

1696 – Revolt by undertakers after funeral reforms (Amsterdam)

1747 – The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.

1851 – Gail Borden announces invention of condensed milk

1862 – Astronomer Alvan Graham Clark makes first observation of Sirius B (first known white dwarf star) in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts while testing his new telescope

1865 – Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (121-24)

1871 – Millions of birds fly over western SF, darkening the sky

1876 – The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations.

1900 – The final report of the USA’s Philippine Commission is released, favouring territorial government for the islands with home rule in local affairs, but with US assumptions of ultimate responsibility for the government.

1906 – Strongest instrumentally recorded earthquake, Colombia, 8.6 Richter

1919 – The Battle of George Square takes place in Glasgow, Scotland: troops deployed against protesters for fear of a Bolshevik uprising

1928 – Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company

1929 – Leon Trotsky expelled from Russia to Turkey

1946 – Yugoslavia adopts new constitution, becomes a federal republic

1948 – Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway

1949 – 1st daytime soap on TV “These Are My Children” (NBC in Chicago)

1950 – US President Harry Truman publicly announces support for development of Hydogen bomb

1958 – James van Allen discovers radiation belt

1964 – US report “Smoking & Health” connects smoking to lung cancer

1972 – British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling makes statement to the House of Commons on the events of ‘Bloody Sunday’ “The Army returned the fire directed at them with aimed shots and inflicted a number of casualties on those who were attacking them with firearms and with bombs”

1982 – 10 Arabian oryx (extinct except in zoos) released in Oman

1983 – In an effort to reduce driving deaths, a new law in UK requires drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seatbelts

1990 – 1st McDonalds in Russia opens in Moscow, world’s biggest McDonalds

1996 – 50 people die and many more injured in a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka by separatist Tamil Tigers