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 This day in History - January 31
421 Historic Events for January 31
1952

Rosanne Musgrave, headmistress (Blackheath HS)

Birth
1953

"Princess Victoria" capsized off Stanraer Scotland; 133 die

Event
1953

Hurricane-like winds flood Netherlands drowning 1,835

Event
1953

NY, Cleveland, and Boston retaliate at Bill Veeck, forcing the Browns to play afternoon games to avoid sharing TV revenues

Event
1953

Aart Mol, Dutch bassist (Catapult)

Birth
1954

Sheik Faoud Ahamul Bacchus, cricketer (West Indian bat late 70's)

Birth
1954

Adrian Vandenberg, Amsterdam Neth, rock guitarist (Whitesnake)

Birth
1954

Florence Bates, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama), dies at 65

Death
1954

Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63

Death
1955

John R Mott, US theologist/founder (YMCA, Nobel 1946), dies at 89

Death
1955

Virginia Ruzici, Romania, tennis star

Birth
1955

RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer

Event
1956

Trevor A Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader

Birth
1956

French govt of Mollet forms

Event
1956

Juscelino Kubitschek becomes president of Brazil

Event
1956

Johnny Rotten, [John Lydon], rocker (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)

Birth
1956

Lloyd Cole, rocker

Birth
1957

Liz Taylor's 2nd divorce (Michael Wilding)

Event
1957

Shirley F Babashoff, Calif, swimmer (Olympics-6 silver/2 gold-72, 76)

Birth
1957

Brett "the Hitman" Hart, Alberta Canada, WWF champion

Birth
1957

Trans-Iranian oil pipe line finished

Event
1958

Rafael Santana, shortstop (NY Mets, NY Yankees)

Birth
1958

Tom Schuman, pianist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)

Birth
1958

US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1

Event
1958

James van Allen discovers radiation belt

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