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Today in History
Today in History: Saturday, January  31, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On Jan. 31, 1958, the United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit, Explorer I.
 
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On this date in:
1606Guy Fawkes, convicted for his part in the Gunpowder Plot against the English Parliament and King James I, was executed.
1797Composer Franz Schubert was born in Vienna, Austria.
1865Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief of the Confederate armies.
1917Germany announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.
1919Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who broke the sport's color barrier in 1947, was born in Cairo, Ga.
1944U.S. forces invaded the Japanese-held Marshall Islands during World War II.
1945Private Eddie Slovik became the only U.S. soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion.
1949The first TV daytime soap opera, "These Are My Children," was broadcast by the NBC station in Chicago.
1950President Harry S. Truman announced that he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb.
1971Astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on the third successful manned mission to the moon.
1990McDonald's Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow.
2000An Alaska Airlines jet plunged into the ocean off Southern California on a flight from Mexico to San Francisco, killing all 88 people on board.
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2001A Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands convicted one Libyan and acquitted a second in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
2006Samuel Alito was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as a Supreme Court justice.
2006The Senate approved Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
2011Egypt's military promised not to fire on peaceful protests and recognized "the legitimacy of the people's demands."
2011Myanmar opened its first parliament in more than two decades.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Singer-actor Justin Timberlake turns 34 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Carol ChanningActress94
Philip GlassComposer78
Princess BeatrixFormer queen of the Netherlands77
Richard GephardtFormer House minority leader74
Jessica WalterActress ("Arrested Development")74
KCSinger, musician (KC and the Sunshine Band)64
Johnny RottenRock singer (The Sex Pistols)59
Anthony LaPagliaActor ("Without a Trace")56
Minnie DriverActress45
Portia de RossiActress ("Arrested Development," "Ally McBeal")42
Bobby MoynihanActor, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")38
Kerry WashingtonActress ("Scandal")38
Marcus MumfordSinger, musician (Mumford and Sons)28
Baseball Hall of Famer and Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan turns 68 years old today.
AP Photo/LM Otero