What happened on this day in history

January 31Friday is here.  Now, to get ready for Super Bowl Sunday.  Are you are ready?  We figured we would do a little history today and see what special events happened on January 31 over the years. Regardless of which team you are rooting for this weekend, we hope you enjoy yourself and always remember to celebrate safely.

1747 – The first clinic specializing in the treatment of venereal diseases was opened at London Dock Hospital.

1865 – The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. It was ratified by the necessary number of states on December 6, 1865. The amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

1893 – The trademark “Coca-Cola” was first registered in the United States Patent Office.

1936 – The radio show “The Green Hornet” debuted.

1940 – The first Social Security check was issued by the U.S. Government.

1949 – The first TV daytime soap opera was broadcast from NBC’s station in Chicago, IL. It was “These Are My Children.”

1958 – Explorer I was put into orbit around the earth. It was the first U.S. earth satellite.

1960 – Julie Andrews, Henry Fonda, Rex Harrison and Jackie Gleason, appeared in a two-hour TV special entitled “The Fabulous ’50s”.

1971 – Astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon.

1982 – Sandy Duncan gave her final performance as “Peter Pan” in Los Angeles, CA. She completed 956 performances without missing a show.

1983 – The wearing of seat belts in cars became compulsory in Britain.

1990 – McDonald’s Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow, Russia.

Source info: http://www.on-this-day.com

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Penny Hanley Howley Insurance

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