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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 - Howard Cosell
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1992: Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires with the last airing of his daily five-minute radio spot, "Speaking of Sports," which had run for 39 years. Cosell, arguably the best-known and most controversial sports broadcaster in the history of the medium, had been winding down his career after surgery in June 1991 to remove a cancerous tumor from his chest. He would die of a cardiac embolism at the age of 77 on April 23, 1995.

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