On This Day in Weird, January 31...
1696: Undertakers in Amsterdam rebel against new funeral regulations.
1921: The five-masted schooner Carroll A. Deering runs aground, abandoned, at Diamond Shoals, near Cape Hatteras, N.C.
1921: Actor John Agar—known for roles in The Rocket Man, Revenge of the Creature, Tarantula, The Mole People, Daughter of Dr. Jekyll, The Brain from Planet Arous, Attack of the Puppet People, Invisible Invaders, Journey to the Seventh Planet, Hand of Death, Women of the Prehistoric Planet, Zontar: The Thing from Venus, Night Fright. King Kong (1976), and The Naked Monster, is born in Chicago.
1927: Paranormal investigator Lorraine Rita Warren (née Moran) is born in Bridgeport, Conn.
1930: The Danish research vessel Dana nets a larval eel 6 feet 1½ inches long, south of the Cape of Good Hope. The catch fuels speculation of giant eel species at large, since larval European eels (Anguilla anguilla) grow from three inches to four feet or more in adulthood.
1977: A schoolboy reports seeing the sea serpent "Morgawr" near Durgan in Cornwall.
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