Saturday 31 January 2015, 22:32:31
31 January 828
: Buono di Malamocco and Rustico di Torcello, merchants of Venice, arrive home from Alexandria with the stolen body of Saint Mark hidden in their cargo of pork, according to tradition.
31 January 1578
: The Spanish destroy a Dutch army at the Battle of Gembloux, allowing them to regain control of the southern Netherlands.
31 January 1686
: Hans Egede, Norwegian missionary, is born in Harstad.
31 January 1729
: Jacob Roggeveen, Dutch explorer, dies in Middelburg the day before his 70th birthday.
31 January 1769
: André-Jacques Garnerin, inventor of the parachute, is born in Paris.
31 January 1797
: Franz Schubert, Austrian composer, is born in Himmelpfortgrund north of Vienna.
31 January 1958
: The first American satellite Explorer 1 is launched, half a year after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1.
31 January 1968
: Naura gains independence from Australian, New Zealand, and British-administered U.N. trusteeship to become one of the smallest countries on the planet with less than 15000 inhabitants.
31 January 1977
: President Giscard d’ Estaing opens the Centre Pompidou in Paris.