JANUARY 31 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1606 –  Guy Fawkes was executed on the 31st January 1606, for his plotting against Parliament and James I of England, in the Gunpowder Plot.

1747 – The first venereal diseases clinic opened on the 31st January 1747, at London Lock Hospital.

1930 – 3M began marketing Scotch Tape on the 31st January 1930.

1949 – These Are My Children, the first TV daytime soap opera was broadcast on the 31st January 1949, by the NBC station in Chicago.

1953 – The North Sea flood on the 31st January 1953 caused over 1,800 deaths in the Netherlands, and over 300 in the United Kingdom.

1958 – Explorer 1, the first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit was on the 31st January 1958.

1958 – James Van Allen discovered the Van Allen radiation belt on the 31st January 1958.

1961 – Ham the Chimp traveled into outer space on the 31st January 1961, in Project MercuryMercury-Redstone 2.

1966 – The Soviet Union launched the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft on the 31st January 1966, as part of the Luna program.

1968 – Nauru gained independence from Australia on the 31st January 1968.

1971 – Apollo 14 astronauts Alan ShepardStuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, aboard Saturn V, lifted off on the 31st January 1971, for a mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands on the Moon.

1988The Wonder Years American television comedy-drama was first broadcast on the 31st January 1988.

1990 – The first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union opened in Moscow on the 31st January 1990.

1995 – President Bill Clinton authorized a $20 billion loan to Mexico on the 31st January 1995, to stabilize its economy.

1996 – Comet Hyakutake was discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake on the 31st January 1996.

2010 – Avatar became the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide on the 31st January 2010.

Today in History for the 31st January video produced by Associated Press

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