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 This day in History - January 31
421 Historic Events for January 31
1944

Eugene Terre Blanche, S Afr leader of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging

Birth
1944

John Inverarity, cricketer (Australian batsman 1968-72)

Birth
1944

US forces invade Kwajalein Atoll

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1944

Operation-Overlord (D-Day) postponed until June

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1945

US 4th Infantry division occupies Elcherrath

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1945

Noah Creshevsky, composer

Birth
1945

Eddie Slovik, 1st US executed for desertion since Civil War at 25

Death
1946

Subroto Guha, cricketer (right arm swing bowler for India 1967-69)

Birth
1946

Yugoslavia adopts new constitution, becomes a federal republic

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1946

Glynn Turman, NYC, actor (Lew-Peyton Place, Manimal, Centennial)

Birth
1946

Jonathan Banks, Wash DC, actor (Armed and Dangerous, Cold Steel)

Birth
1946

Terry Kath, rocker (Chicago-If You Leave Me Now)

Birth
1947

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

Birth
1947

Jim Nollman, composer

Birth
1948

J D Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Banana Fish" appears in NY

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1948

Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway

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1949

1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)

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1949

Carol Hawkins, actress (Dialing for Dingbats)

Birth
1949

Henri de Vries, [Hendricus Walterop], actor (Cleopatra), dies at 84

Death
1950

Pres Truman OKs building of hydrogen bomb

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1951

Presiley Baxendale, British QC

Birth
1951

Phil Manzanera, rock guitarist (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together)

Birth
1951

Harry Casey, [KC], rock vocalist (KC and Sunshine Band-Give It)

Birth
1952

Dutch Lutheran Church reunites after 1« centuries

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1952

Harry Heilmann and Paul Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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