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Today in History - January 31st
1747 - The first clinic specializing in venereal diseases was opened in London.
1865 - In America, Robert E. Lee was named general of the Confederate armies.
1865 - The 13th Amendment to the Constitution was passed by the U.S. House of Representative and it abolished slavery in the United States.
1876 - All Native Americans were ordered to move into reservations.
1929 - The USSR exiled Leon Trotsky. He found asylum in Mexico where he had befriended legendary muralist Diego Rivera and his wife painter Frieda Kahlo.
1930 - Navy Lt. Ralph S. Barnaby became the first glider pilot to have his craft released from a dirigible.
1940 - The first Social Security check was issued by the United States Government.
1950 - President Truman announced that he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb.
1958 - The first U.S. earth satellite, EXPLORER ONE, was launched.
1971 - Telephone service between East and West Berlin was re-started after 19 years.
1990 - McDonald's Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow (Russia).
2011 - Egypt's people vowed to continue demonstrating until President Mubarak's regime fell.
2012- China constricted its control of monasteries after protests in Tibet.
SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 31st
1893 - The trademark "Coca-Cola" was registered in the US Patent Office.
2013 - NASA unveiled the Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot (RASSOR), a mining robot which could be used to produce fuel and water while on the Moon.
MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 31st
1963 - The Beach Boys recorded "Surfin' U.S.A." and "Shutdown."
1970 - In New Orleans, the Grateful Dead were busted for possession of LSD and barbiturates.
1971 - "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hit #1 on the UK's pop chart.
1972 - Aretha Franklin sang at Mahalia Jackson's funeral.
2010 - Beyoncé set a Grammy record for females when she won six.
FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS - January 31st
Tallulah Bankhead 1902
Jackie Robinson 1919
Mario Lanza 1921
Carol Channing 1923
Norman Mailer 1929
Philip Glass 1937
Suzanne Pleshette 1937
Queen Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard (Netherlands) 1938
Phil Collins 1951
Johnny Rotten (The Sex Pistols) 1956
Minnie Driver 1971
Portia de Rossi 1973
Justin Timberlake ('N Sync) 1981
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