Calendar For Monday, January 31, 2011:

 

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1865 General Robert E. Lee is named general-in-chief of all the Confederate armies.
1940 The first Social Security check is issued by the U.S. Government in the amount of $22.54.
1950 President Harry S. Truman announced he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb.
1956 Author A.A. Milne, 74, creator of “Winnie-the-Pooh,” dies.
1958 The U.S. enters the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit, Explorer 1.
1961 NASA launched Ham the Chimp aboard a Mercury-Redstone rocket from Cape Canaveral; Ham was recovered safely from the Atlantic Ocean following his 16 ½ -minute suborbital flight.
1963 John Dye (Touched by an Angel: Andrew) is born.
1970 "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5 peaks at No. 1.
1971 Apollo 14 blasts off to the moon.
1971 The Jackson 5 receive a key to their hometown of Gary, Indiana.
1976 "Love Rollercoaster" by The Ohio Players peaks at No. 1.
1981 "The Tide Is High" by Blondie peaks at No. 1.
1986 President Reagan eulogizes the seven crew members of the space shuttle Challenger.
1990 McDonald's opens its first restaurant in Moscow.
1993 Michael Jackson performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl.
1998 "Together Again" by Janet Jackson peaks at No. 1.
1999 Cher sings the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
1999 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Stevie Wonder and Gloria Estefan perform during the halftime show at the Super Bowl.
2000 An Alaska Airlines jet plummets into the Pacific Ocean, killing all 88 people aboard.
2001 Michel Navratil, 92, one of the last known survivors of the sinking of the Titanic, died.
2005 Keanu Reeves receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2006 Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito is sworn in after winning the Senate confirmation.
2006 The Senate approved Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

2010 Roger Federer easily beat Andy Murray for a fourth Australian Open championship.
2010 Taylor Swift won four Grammys, including Album of the Year.