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JANUARY 31

Performing Artists
1892 Eddie Cantor (New York City-born Actor, Singer) New York Performing Artists Popular Musicians The Internet Movie Database
1903 Tallulah Bankhead (Alabama-born Actress) Tallulah Bankhead Actors Film
1906 Roosevelt Sykes (Arkansas-born African-American Blues Singer) Arkansas Performing Artists Jazz and Blues African American Performing Artists The Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1923 Carol Channing (Washington-born African-American Actress, Singer) Washington Performing Artists Actors African American Performing Artists The Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1926 Jean Simmons (English Actress) British Performing Artists Actors Film The Internet Movie Database
1937 Suzanne Pleshette (New York City-born Actress) New York City Performing Artists Actors Film Television The Internet Movie Database
1940 Jessica Walter (New York City-born Actress) New York City Performing Artists Actors Film Television The Internet Movie Database
Stuart Margolin (Iowa-born Actor) Iowa Performing Artists Filmmakers Television The Internet Movie Database
1942 Derek Jarman (English Music Video Director) English Performing Artists Filmmakers The Internet Movie Database
1959 Kelly Lynch (Minnesota-born Actress) Minnesota Performing Artists Actors Film The Internet Movie Database
1971 Minnie Driver (English Actress) English Performing Artists Actors Film Biography.com
1981 Justin Timberlake (Tennessee-born Popular Singer) Tennessee Performing Artists Popular Musicians The Internet Movie Database
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
1956 A.A. Milne (English Author the Winnie the Pooh Stories) A.A. Milne Primary Children's Authors
1974 Samuel Goldwyn (Polish-born American Filmmaker: co-Founder of MGM Studios) Polish Performing Artists Filmmakers Internet Movie Database History Channel
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1893 Coca-Cola Trademark Is Registered for "Nutrient or Tonic Beverages" Patents and Trademarks Foods and Nutrition Coca-Cola USPTO
1933 Etta Moten Barnett Is the First African American Woman to Perform at the White House Texas Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists Historic Firsts Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1949 First Daytime TV Soap Opera, ''These Are My Children,'' Is Broadcast by Chicago's NBC Affiliate Chicago Television Historic Firsts New York Times
1955 RCA Demonstrates the First Music Synthesizer Music Sound RCA History of Technology
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

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