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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 - Moscow McDonald's
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1990: The first McDonald's in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow. At the time the largest McDonald's in the world, it proved extremely popular, with waiting lines of several hours common in its early days.

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