January 31 is a day that has witnessed a lot of new events. Over the years, many changes took place on this day. Many historical events had made this day memorable. Today we will talk about a lot of life-changing decisions that took in the past years. These changes are still significant till the present date. We will also talk about famous people and their achievements on this date. Let’s all learn together about the changes that have made this day important.
1609 – Wisselbank of Amsterdam established
The bank of Amsterdam, also known as Amsterdamse Wisselbank, was established on January 31, 1609. It played a major role in the financial centre of Amsterdam. Earlier there was a wide variety of coins that circulated among different countries and regions. There was no proper way to determine exchange rates. The establishment of the Wisselbank helped the people exchange their coins for a widely accepted trade currency. The Wisselbank of Amsterdam supported trade in the city in the most effective way.
1679 – Bellerophon premires at the Palais Royal
“Bellerophon” was first performed in 1679. It was among the most popular operas of Lully’s lifetime. Initially, it ran for nine months at the Palais Royal in Paris. The 1980s saw a revival in the genre and “Bellerophon” soon lost its popularity. Later, musicologist Christophe Rousset discovered some of its missing parts in an antique shop in Paris. In December 2010, this play had a modern premiere at the Royal Opera of Versailles under Rousset and his group.
1747 – The first Venereal diseases clinic opens
The London Lock Hospital was the first voluntary venereal disease clinic. It was the most famous clinic. Later, it offered treatment for syphilis. It led to a decline in the use of lazar hospitals. Later, the hospital developed maternity and gynaecology services before being incorporated into the National Health Service. William Bromfield found the hospital in London on January 31, 1747.
1865 – Congress abolishes slavery in America
Congress passed the 13th Amendment in the U.S Constitution on January 31, 1865. It was later ratified on December 6, 1865. This 13th Amendment criminalizes slavery in the U.S. It states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Also, it punishes those who refuse or follows.
1949 – First television daytime soap opera premiers
“These Are My Children” is an American television soap opera which ran on NBC. It started on January 31, 1949, and ended on February 25, 1949. Usually, it aired for fifteen minutes a day. Also, it is the first daytime soap opera on television. Norman Felton and Irna Phillips created the show. It was based mainly on Phillip’s early radio soaps, Today’s Children and Painted Dreams.
2005 – Keanu Reeves received a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor who is known for his roles in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Speed and The Matrix. Apart from his film roles, he has also worked in the theatres. On January 31, 2005, Committee honoured Reeves with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He said he was proud to be honoured with the stars of the past and present. He received the honour two weeks before the release of his film “Constantine”, which was an adaptation from the DC Comic series.
2011 – Myanmar’s first elected parliament in half a century convenes
Myanmar embarked on a new chapter with its first popularly elected parliament in more than half a century. It was a historic moment for Myanmar. Since it was a country under military rule for five years was paving a way towards democracy. People had high expectations which ranged from economic development to solving ethnic conflict. Since this was Myanmar’s first independent parliament, the citizens wish for a better life and security.