On this day: January 31

Published On: Jan 31 2013 12:08:38 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 31 2016 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 - Minnie Driver
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1970: Actress Minnie Driver, best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in "Good Will Hunting" and for her roles in other movies such as "Grosse Pointe Blank" and "Sleepers," is born in London, England.

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