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This Day in History – January 31

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This Day In History

1851 – American Gail Borden announces the invention of condensed milk.

1865 – Congress passes the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (passes 121-24)

1874 – Jesse James gang robs a train at Gads Hill, Missouri.

1901 – 1st automobile to exceed 100 mph (161 kph), A.G. MacDonald, Daytona Beach.

1928 – Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company.

1930 – 1st US glider flight from a dirigible, Lakehurst, New Jersey.

1934 – FDR devalues US dollar in relation to gold at $35 per ounce.

1941 – Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title.

1949 – 1st daytime soap on TV “These Are My Children” (NBC in Chicago)

1950 – US President Harry Truman publicly announces support for the development of a hydrogen bomb.

1958 – US launches their artificial satellite, Explorer 1.

1961 – “The Misfits” premieres in NYC, final movie for Clark Gable & Marilyn Monroe.

1963 – Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record “What’d I Say” & “Ruby Baby”

1975 – Barry Manilow’s single “Mandy” goes gold.

1982 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton.

1988 – Super Bowl XXII: Washington Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10 in San Diego Super Bowl MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB.

1995 – President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.

2000 – Alaska Airlines flight 261 MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 persons aboard.

2006 – Alan Greenspan retires as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

2017 – US President Donald Trump fires Attorney General Sally Yates after she instructs Justice Department officials not to defend Trump’s travel ban.