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Notable Historical Events for January 31st

1961David Ben-Gurion resigns as Prime Minister of Israel

1999Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy" first airs on Fox

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

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

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

1974McDonald's founder Ray Kroc buys San Diego Padres

1874Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill, Missouri

1971"My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hit #1 on UK pop chart

1933Hitler promises parliamentary democracy

1958"Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host

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Notable Birthdays on January 31st

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Deaths on January 31st

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

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

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

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

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