|31 January 1839|| ||Henry Fox Talbot submits his paper Some account of the Art of Photogenic Drawing, or the process by which natural objects may be made to delineate themselves without the aid of the artist's pencil at the Royal Society in London.|
Emilie V. Clarkson (1863, 31 January - 1946, 12 December) was born - US, NY, Potsdam.
Freya Stark (1893, 31 January - 1993, 9 May) was born - France, Paris. Well known as a traveller and writer in the Middle East she was also a prodigious photographer leaving an archive of around 50,000 photographs.
James Craddock (1833 (ca) - 1894, 31 January) died - India, Simla.
Fritz Henle (1909, 9 June - 1993, 31 January) died.
Bernhard A. Skomars (1913, 27 December - 1988, 31 January) died - US, MN, Brainerd.