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January 3, 1931
Albert Einstein and Edwin Hubble, known for his contribution in discovering galaxies outside of the Milky Way, begin doing research together at the California Institute of Technology.
January 30, 1931
One of the films starring the famous Charlie Chaplin, City Lights, debuts.
February 3, 1931
Napier, New Zealand experiences a 7.9 Richter scale earthquake known as the Hawke's Bay earthquake, leaving most of the city in ruins.
February 11, 1931
A protest in Germany is made against changes of a protocol limiting heckling by the National Socialist and National Party in a walk-out at the Reichstag.
February 14, 1931
The original Dracula movie makes its debut for the first time in the United States, starring Bela Lugosi.
March 1, 1931
In an attempt to break away from the United Kingdom's Labour Party , the New Party is established by Sir Oswald Mosley.
March 3, 1931
The Star-Spangled Banner is instituted as the National anthem song for the United States.
March 5, 1931
A pact is made between Mohandas Gandhi and the British viceroy of India, written up and signed as the Gandhi–Irwin Pact.
March 17, 1931
Gambling is made legal in the state of Nevada.
April 6, 1931
After an attempt was made of a coup d'etat, the government of Portugal proclaims martial law in the areas of Madeira and the Azores.
April 22, 1931
Spain is recognized as a Republic by most of Europe and the United States.
May 1, 1931
The development of the Empire State Building in New York City is finished.
June 19, 1931
The Hoover Moratorium is initiated in the United States in an attempt to curb a financial meltdown that may be caused by the crisis involving the European banks.
June 23–July 1, 1931
A flight heading out east from New York is the first of which to be flown in a single-engine airplane going around the world, piloted by Wiley Post and Harold Gatty and only taking 8.5 days.
July 26, 1931
The well-known Christian denomination known as Jehovah's Witnesses is originated from a millennialist movement in Ohio.
September 18, 1931
Adolf Hitler's niece, Geli Raubal, dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his apartment.
September 20, 1931
The annexation of the province of Kirin to Japan is declared by the Chinese commander after being held at gunpoint.
September 22, 1931
The gold standard is renounced by the United Kingdom.
October 17, 1931
After being convicted for tax evasion in Chicago, the notorious gangster Al Capone is sentenced to spend 11 years in prison.
October 27, 1931
The National Government of the United Kingdom is victorious over the Labour Party after the general election is held, having been the the biggest electoral majority ruling the coutry has ever experienced.
November 25, 1931
Harold Clayton Urey discovers of what he declares to be Heavy Hydrogen, later to be recognized as the chemical isotope Deuterium.
December 10, 1931
The Nobel Peace Prize is won by the first women to ever receive the award, Jane Addams.
December 31, 1931
The British Commonwealth of Nations is formed by the Statute of Westminster.