Video: 'Ken Burns - The Civil War: Episode 8 - War Is All Hell (1865) | Ken Burns Documentary' (Jan. 31, 1865, 27:19)
(Tuesday, January 31, 1865, late afternoon local time; during the — The U.S. House of Representatives today American Civil War) passed the Thirteenth Amendment 119 to 56 (narrowly reaching the required two-thirds majority), abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. With Congress’s approval (the Senate had passed the amendment on Apr. 8, 1864) and President Abraham Lincoln’s signature (on Feb. 1, 1865). The amendment then went to the states for ratification. Continue reading U.S. House passes Constitutional Amendment abolishing slavery 150 years ago today (Jan 31 1865)
Video: 'American Experience Robert E Lee PBS Documentary'
(Tuesday, January 31, 1865; during the — Gen. Robert E. Lee was American Civil War) named general-in-chief of the Confederate States Army today by President Jefferson Davis.
Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 11' (Jan. 31, 1975, at 23:57)
(Friday, January 31, 1975; during the — 25 days after the fall of Phuoc Binh to North Vietnamese forces, South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu today renewed his appeal for U.S. aid, warning that his government might collapse without it. Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and Cold War) Continue reading Saigon renews appeal for U.S. aid 40 years ago today (Jan 31 1975)
(Wednesday, January 31, 1945, 10:04 a.m. local time; during — Pvt. World War II) Eddie Slovik, 24, today became the first U.S. soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion as he was shot by an American firing squad in France near the village of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines.