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 - Kerry Washington
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1977: Actress Kerry Washington, best known for roles in movies such as "The Last King of Scotland," "Ray" and "Django Unchained," and for the TV drama "Scandal," is born in The Bronx, N.Y.

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