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 - Portia de Rossi
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1973: Actress Portia de Rossi, best known for her roles as lawyer Nelle Porter on the TV series "Ally McBeal" and Lindsay Fünke on the sitcom "Arrested Development," is born Amanda Lee Rogers in Horsham, Victoria, Australia.

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