On this day..... January 31

JANUARY 31ST

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BACKWARD DAY
  • TODAY IS INSPIRE YOUR HEART WITH ART DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • TALLULAH BANKHEAD (1902-1968)
  • JACKIE ROBINSON (1919-1972)
  • CAROL CHANNING (1921, 97)
  • NORMAN MAILER (1923-2007)
  • ERNIE BANKS (1931-2015)
  • SUZANNE PLESHETTE (1937-2008)
  • JESSICA WALTER (1941, 77)
  • DICK GEPHARDT (1941, 77)
  • NOLAN RYAN (1947, 71)
  • JOHNNY ROTTEN (1956, 62)
  • MINNIE DRIVER (1970, 48)


  • PORTIA DE ROSSI (1973, 45)
  • KERRY WASHINGTON (1977, 41)
  • JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE (1981, 37)


ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1606, GUY FAWKES IS HANGED FOR PLOTTING TO BLOW UP THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT AT 35
  • IN 1774, CHARLES BEATTY IS THE FIRST PERSON TO USE THE WORD “CAMPUS” TO DESCRIBE THE LAND HIS COLLEGE, PRINCETON, SITS ON
  • IN 1851, GAIL BORDEN INVENTS CONDENSED MILK
  • IN 1865, CONGRESS PASSES THE 13TH AMENDMENT ABOLISHING SLAVERY 121-24
  • IN 1865, ROBERT E. LEE IS NAMED COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE CONFEDERACY
  • IN 1917, GERMANY ANNOUNCES TO THE US THAT IT WILL BEGIN ATTACKING NEUTRAL MERCHANT SHIPS DURING WORLD WAR I
  • IN 1929, LEON TROTSKY IS EXPELLED FROM RUSSIA AND EXILED TO TURKEY
  • IN 1934, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT DEVALUES THE DOLLAR TO GOLD AT $35 PER OUNCE
  • IN 1936, “THE GREEN HORNET” DEBUTS ON RADIO
  • IN 1945, PRIVATE EDDIE SLOVIK BECOMES THE ONLY US SOLDIER EXECUTED FOR DESERTION SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
  • IN 1949, “THESE ARE MY CHILDREN” IS THE FIRST TV SOAP OPERA ON NBC
  • IN 1950, PRESIDENT TRUMAN PUBLICLY SUPPORTS DEVELOPING THE HYDROGEN BOMB
  • IN 1956, “WINNIE THE POOH” AUTHOR A.A. MILNE DIES AT 74
  • IN 1957, ELIZABETH TAYLOR DIVORCES HER SECOND HUSBAND MICHAEL WILDING
  • IN 1957, BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS’ “ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK” GOES TO #1


  • IN 1961, “HAM” IS THE FIRST CHIMP LAUNCHED INTO SPACE
  • IN 1961, CLARK GABLE AND MARILYN MONROE’S “THE MISFITS” OPENS
  • IN 1970, THE JACKSON FIVE GO TO #1 WITH “I WANT YOU BACK”
  • IN 1971, APOLLO 14 TAKES OFF FOR THE MOON
  • IN 1972, ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGS AT MAHALIA JACKSON’S FUNERAL
  • IN 1974, “THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN” AIRS ON CBS


  • IN 1975, BARRY MANILOW IS CERTIFIED GOLD FOR THE SINGLE “MANDY”
  • IN 1976, THE OHIO PLAYERS GO TO #1 WITH “LOVE ROLLERCOASTER”
  • IN 1976, ABBA GOES TO #1 WITH “MAMMA MIA”
  • IN 1989, ARGENTINIAN WOMAN MARIA OLIVERA GIVES BIRTH TO HER 32ND CHILD
  • IN 1990, THE FIRST MCDONALDS IN THE SOVIET UNION OPENS IN MOSCOW
  • IN 1995, PRESIDENT CLINTON AUTHORIZES A LOAN OF $20 BILLION TO STABILIZE THE MEXICAN ECONOMY
  • IN 2000, RAY LEWIS IS INVOLVED IN A FIGHT WHICH ENDS IN TWO STABBING DEATHS. LEWIS IS INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES A WEEK LATER
  • IN 2006, ALAN GREENSPAN RETIRES AS CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE
  • IN 2015, LYDIA KO BECOMES THE YOUNGEST EVER #1 RANKED GOLFER AT 17
  • IN 2015, JUNIOR SEAU IS POSTHUMOUSLY INDUCTED INTO THE NFL HALL OF FAME
  • IN 2017, PRESIDENT TRUMP FIRES SALLY YATES FOR NOT DEFENDING HIS TRAVEL BAN

TRIVIA:

ON THIS DAY IN WHAT YEAR….

  • DID 3M BEGIN SELLING SCOTCH TAPE? 

1930



ON THIS DAY IN WHAT YEAR….

  • DID BLONDIE HIT #1 WITH “THE TIDE IS HIGH? 

1981



ON THIS DAY IN WHAT YEAR….

  • DID FAMILY GUY DEBUT ON FOX? 

1999




ON THIS DAY IN WHAT YEAR….

  • DID THE FIRST VENEREAL DISEASE CLINIC OPEN? 


  • WHAT GROUP WAS SUPPOSED TO RECORD “I WANT YOU BACK” BUT PASSED AND GAVE IT TO THE JACKSON 5?                                                      

GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS

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