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History for January 31:
1851 - San Francisco Orphan's Asylum, first in California, founded.
1871 - Birds fly over the western part of San Francisco in such large numbers that they actually darken the sky.
1911 - Congress passes resolution naming San Francisco as the site of the celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal.
1928 - Scotch tape first marketed by 3-M Company.
1950 - President Truman authorizes production of the H-Bomb.
1958 - First U.S. satellite launched, Explorer I.
1961 - Ham, the chimp, is first animal sent into space by the US.
1971 - Apollo 14 launched, first landing in lunar highlands.
1797 - Franz Shubert, composer
1830 - James G. Blaine, the 'Plumed Knight.'
1872 - Zane Gray, American West novelist.
1892 - Eddie Cantor, comedian
1914 - "Jersey Joe" Walcott, fighter
1919 - Jackie Robinson, first black major league baseball player.
1923 - Carol Channing, Actress
1923 - Joanne Dru, Actress
1923 - Norman Mailer, Writer
1929 - Jean Simmons in London
1937 - Suzanne Pleshette in New York City
1938 - James Watt, Secretary Of Interior
1944 - Jessica Walters in New York City
1957 - Shirley Babashoff, US Olympic swimmer