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JANUARY 31

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National Popcorn Day

Popcorn Smithsonian
Sports Figures
1913 Don Hutson (Arkansas-born Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Arkansas Sports Figures Football Hall of Fame
1914 Jersey Joe Walcott (New Jersey-born African-American Member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame) New Jersey Sports Figures International Boxing Hall of Fame Famous African Americans African American Registry
1919 Jackie Robinson (Georgia-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Jackie Robinson Baseball Hall of Fame Famous African Americans
1931 Ernie Banks (Texas-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Texas Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Famous African Americans African American Registry
1947 Nolan Ryan (Texas-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Nolan Ryan Baseball Hall of Fame
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1605 Earthquake and Tsunami Cause 5,000 Deaths in Tokaido, Japan Japan Earthquake Tsunami Death USGS
1893 Coca-Cola Trademark Is Registered for "Nutrient or Tonic Beverages" Patents and Trademarks Foods and Nutrition Coca-Cola USPTO
1953 High Winds Sink Car Ferry in the Irish Sea: 130 Die Northern Ireland Naval History Death BBC
Hurricane-force Winds Burst Dikes and Flood the Netherlands: 1,800 Die The Netherlands Huirricanes Floods Death BBC
1970 LSU's "Pistol" Pete Maravich Sets the College Basketball Career Scoring Record Pennsylvania Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame Historic Firsts LSU Sports New York Times
1974 Ray Kroc Buys the San Diego Padres Ray Kroc Baseball Business San Diego Padres
1988 Doug Williams Is the First African-American Quarterback to Start in the Super Bowl Louisiana Sports Figures African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Super Bowl XXII African American Registry
1990 The First McDonalds Opens in Russia Russia Business McDonalds Historic Firsts History Channel
1991 6.6 Earthquake Kills 200-400 People in Afghanistan Afghanistan Earthquake Death USGS

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