Daily Calendar for January 31st, 2020

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  • Born 1797: Franz Peter Schubert (composer)


  • Born 1872: Zane Grey (novelist)


  • Born 1892: Eddie Cantor (comedian)


  • 1901: Anton Chekov's play, Three Sisters, premiered at the Moscow Art Theatre

  • 1905: A Napier was the first car to go over 100 mph

  • Born 1905: John Henry O'Hara (author)

  • Died 1907: Timothy Eaton (retailer)


  • Born 1914: Jersey Joe Walcott (boxer)

  • Born 1915: Garry Moore (TV personality)

  • 1917: The German government informed the U.S. that unrestricted submarine warfare would begin on February 1, 1917

  • Born 1919: Jackie Robinson (first African American baseball player in major leagues)


  • Born 1921: Mario Lanza (singer & actor)

  • Born 1921: Carol Channing (actress)

  • Born 1923: Norman Mailer (author)

  • Born 1929: Jean Simmons (actress)


  • Born 1931: Ernie Banks (baseball player)

  • 1936: The Green Hornet made its radio debut

  • Born 1937: Phillip Glass (musician)


  • 1946: Yugoslavia adopted its constitution and officially became a people's republic

  • Born 1947: Nolan Ryan (baseball player)


  • 1951: The U.S. released 33 former Nazis incarcerated for war crimes, including Alfred Krupp

  • Died 1956: A. A. Milne (author)

  • 1958: Explorer I, first U.S. satellite, launched

  • Born 1959: Anthony LaPaglia (actor)


  • 1961: Ham, a male chimpanzee, was recovered alive in the Caribbean after being carried to a height of 155 miles in a U.S. space capsule launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida

  • 1967: National Traffic Safety Agency issued the first set of U.S. federal safety standards for vehicle safety

  • 1968: North Vietnam launched the Tet Offensive, attacking South Vietnamese towns


  • 1971: Limited telephone service re-established between East and West Berlin for the first time in 19 years

  • 1971: Apollo 14 manned spacecraft launched

  • Born 1973: Portia de Rossi (actress)

  • 1974: Paul and Linda McCartney appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone. This made Linda McCartney the first person to have both taken a photo, and to have been photographed, for the front cover of the magazine.

  • Died 1974: Sam Goldwyn (movie mogul)


  • Born 1981: Justin Timberlake (singer)


  • 1990: The first McDonald's opened in Moscow, Russia

  • Born 1992: Tyler Seguin (ice hockey player)


  • Died 2002: Francis Gabreski (retired colonel who recorded 37.5 kills and was known as "America's Greatest Living Ace")

  • Died 2005: Horace Hagedorn (founder of Miracle-Gro plant food)

  • 2006: Samuel Alito was sworn in as the 110th U.S. Supreme Court justice


  • 2018: Total Eclipse of the Moon.

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