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 - Michael Jackson
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2005: The People v. Jackson trial begins in Santa Maria, Calif., with pop singer Michael Jackson facing 14 counts after a 13-year-old boy he had befriended accused him of sexual abuse. Jackson faced four counts of molesting a minor, four counts of intoxicating a minor in order to molest him, one count of attempted child molestation, and one count of conspiring to hold the boy and his family captive at his 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch, as well as conspiring to commit extortion and child abduction. On June 13, 2005, Jackson was acquitted on all counts.

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