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On this day: January 31

Published On: Jan 31 2013 12:08:38 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 31 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

The first Social Security check is issued, America launches its first satellite into orbit, McDonald's comes to Moscow, and "Avatar" hits the $2 billion mark, all on this day.

OTD January 31 - Justin Timberlake
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1981: Singer and actor Justin Timberlake, who became famous in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the boy band 'N Sync, is born in Memphis, Tenn. Timberlake found success as a solo artist after 'N Sync broke up and has starred in movies such as "The Social Network," "Bad Teacher" and "Friends with Benefits."

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