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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 - Carol Channing
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1921: Actress and singer Carol Channing, best known for originating, on Broadway, the musical-comedy roles of bombshell Lorelei Lee in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," and matchmaking widow Dolly Gallagher Levi in "Hello, Dolly!," is born in Seattle, Wash. She also has appeared in movies such as "The First Traveling Saleslady," "Skidoo" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie," the last of which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

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