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for January 31
1930 - U.S. Navy Lt. Ralph S. Barnaby became the first glider pilot to have his craft released from a dirigible, a large blimp, at Lakehurst, NJ.
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 titled, "These Are My Children."
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.
1990 - McDonald's Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow.