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JANUARY 31

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1840 Abraham Lincoln Votes Yea on Bill to Incorporate Springfield, Illinois Springfield, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Logs
1843 Arkansas' State Bank Goes into Receivership with a Loss of $1 Million Arkansas Economics Arkansas History Commission
1859 The Menger Hotel Opens in San Antonio, Texas San Antonio, Texas Official Website Texas State Historical Association
1861 Louisiana State Government Seizes Control of the U.S. Mint in New Orleans New Orleans Currency American Civil War Louisiana Secretary of State
1862 Lincoln Approves Act Authorizing Him to Take Possession of Railroad and Telegraph Lines President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Railroads Telegraph Lincoln Logs
1891 The Tampa Bay Hotel Opens Tampa Bay, Florida Official Web Site Florida Historical Society
1893 Coca-Cola Trademark Is Registered for "Nutrient or Tonic Beverages" Patents and Trademarks Foods and Nutrition Coca-Cola USPTO
1938 12,000 Pecan Shellers Begin Three-Month Strike in San Antonio, Texas San Antonio, Texas Labor Job Actions Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1940 The First Social Security Check Is Issued to a Vermont Woman for $22.54 Vermont The Social Security Administration Historic Firsts EconEdLink
1961 Harris County, Texas Voters Approve $22M Bond for Construction of the Houston Astrodome Texas PBS Politics and Elections Texas State Historical Association
1974 Ray Kroc Buys the San Diego Padres Ray Kroc Baseball Business San Diego Padres
1990 The First McDonalds Opens in Russia Russia Business McDonalds Historic Firsts History Channel
1995 President Bill Clinton Authorizes a $20 Billion Loan to Mexico Mexico President Clinton International Trade History Channel

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