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Notable Historical Events for January 31st

1865Gen Robert E. Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies during US Civil War

1974McDonald's founder Ray Kroc buys San Diego Padres

1963Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "What'd I Say" & "Ruby Baby"

19763rd American Music Award: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

1874Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill, Missouri

1934FDR devalus dollar in relation to gold at $35 per ounce

199872nd Australian Womens Tennis: Martina Hingis beats C Martinez (63 63)

2006Alan Greenspan retires as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

1941Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

2000A fight between Ray Lewis and his companions and another group of people results in the stabbing deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar, resulting in the indictment of Lewis 11 days on murder and aggravated-assault charges

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Notable Birthdays on January 31st

1927Lorraine Warren, Monroe Connecticut, American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting)

1923Norman Mailer, Long Branch NJ, NYC mayoral candidate/novelist (Naked & the Dead), (d. 2007)

1919Jackie Robinson, Ga, 1st black major league baseball player (Dodgers)

1931Ernie Banks, Dallas Texas, "Mr Cub" Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (short stop/1st baseman)

1914Jersey Joe Walcott, Merchantville New Jersey, heavyweight boxing champ (1951-52)

1913Don Hutson, Pine Bluff Arkansas, first NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers)

1797Franz Peter Schubert, Lichtenthal Austria, composer (Unfinished Symphony)

1981Justin Timberlake, Memphis, Tennessee, singer-songwriter (Sexyback, My Love)

1947Nolan Ryan, Refugio Texas, MLB pitcher (Mets, Angels, Astros) (7 no-hitters, 5,714 Ks)

1955Virginia Ruzici, Campia Turzii Romania, tennis star (1978 French Open champion)

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Notable Deaths on January 31st

1956A.A. Milne, English author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, dies at 74

1992Mel Hein, NFL center (NY Giants), dies of stomach cancer at 82

1606Guy Fawkes, convicted in the "Gunpowder Plot", executed at 35

1974Samuel Goldwyn, Polish/English/US film magnate (MGM), dies of natural causes at 91

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