Right this moment is Sunday, Jan. 31, the thirty first day of 2021. There are 334 days left within the yr.
Right this moment’s Spotlight in Historical past:
On Jan. 31, 1865, the U.S. Home of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the thirteenth Modification to america Structure abolishing slavery, sending it to states for ratification. (The modification was adopted in December 1865.)
In 1863, in the course of the Civil Battle, the First South Carolina Volunteers, an all-Black Union regiment composed of many escaped slaves, was mustered into federal service at Beaufort, South Carolina.
In 1919, baseball Corridor-of-Famer Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo (KAY’-roh), Ga.
In 1929, revolutionary Leon Trotsky and his household have been expelled from the Soviet Union.
In 1945, Pvt. Eddie Slovik, 24, turned the primary U.S. soldier for the reason that Civil Battle to be executed for desertion as he was shot by an American firing squad in France.
In 1950, President Harry S. Truman introduced he had ordered growth of the hydrogen bomb.
In 1956, the creator of “Winnie-the-Pooh,” British creator A.A. Milne, died at age 74.
In 1958, america entered the Area Age with its first profitable launch of a satellite tv for pc, Explorer 1, from Cape Canaveral.
In 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 1/2-minute suborbital flight.
In 1971, astronauts Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell and Stuart Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon.
In 2000, an Alaska Airways MD-83 jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Port Hueneme (wy-NEE’-mee), California, killing all 88 folks aboard.
In 2001, a Scottish courtroom sitting within the Netherlands convicted one Libyan, acquitted a second, within the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. (Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi (AHB’-dehl BAH’-seht AH’-lee ahl-meh-GRAH’-hee) was given a life sentence, however was launched after eight years on compassionate grounds by Scotland’s authorities. He died in 2012.)
In 2005, jury choice started in Santa Maria, California, for Michael Jackson’s baby molestation trial. (Jackson was later acquitted.) SBC Communications Inc. introduced it was buying AT&T Corp. for $16 billion.
Ten years in the past: A federal choose in Florida declared the Obama administration’s well being care overhaul unconstitutional, siding with 26 states that argued folks can’t be required to purchase medical health insurance. (In 2012 the Supreme Court docket would uphold many of the well being care regulation, together with the requirement that almost each American have medical health insurance.) Egypt’s army promised to not hearth on peaceable protests and acknowledged “the legitimacy of the folks’s calls for.”
5 years in the past: A triple bombing killed at the very least 45 folks in a predominantly Shiite Muslim suburb south of the Syrian capital. Israel’s Cupboard voted to permit non-Orthodox Jewish prayer on the Western Wall in Jerusalem, marking a historic present of assist for liberal streams of Judaism. Novak Djokovic maintained his good streak in six Australian Open finals with a 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory over Andy Murray.
One yr in the past: The USA declared a public well being emergency over the brand new coronavirus, and President Donald Trump signed an order to briefly bar entry to international nationals, apart from instant household of U.S. residents, who had traveled in China inside the previous 14 days. Three U.S. airways suspended all flights between the U.S. and China. The U.S. authorities ordered two weeks of quarantine at a California army base for the almost 200 Individuals who’d been evacuated on a constitution flight from the Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan. The Senate narrowly rejected Democratic calls for to summon witnesses for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Britain formally left the European Union after 47 years of membership. Creator Mary Higgins Clark, often known as the “Queen of Suspense,” died in Florida on the age of 92. The Meals and Drug Administration accepted the primary therapy for kids with peanut allergy symptoms.
Right this moment’s Birthdays: Composer Philip Glass is 84. Former Inside Secretary James Watt is 83. Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, the previous queen regent, is 83. Actor Stuart Margolin is 81. Actor Jessica Walter is 80. Former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., is 80. Blues singer-musician Charlie Musselwhite is 77. Actor Glynn Turman is 74. Baseball Corridor of Famer Nolan Ryan is 74. Actor Jonathan Banks is 74. Singer-musician Harry Wayne Casey (KC and the Sunshine Band) is 70. Rock singer Johnny Rotten is 65. Actor Kelly Lynch is 62. Actor Anthony LaPaglia is 62. Singer-musician Lloyd Cole is 60. Actor Paulette Braxton is 56. Rock musician Al Jaworski (Jesus Jones) is 55. Actor Minnie Driver is 51. Actor Portia de Rossi is 48. Actor-comedian Bobby Moynihan is 44. Actor Kerry Washington is 44. Bluegrass singer-musician Becky Buller is 42. Singer Justin Timberlake is 40. Actor Tyler Ritter is 36. Nation singer Tyler Hubbard (Florida Georgia Line) is 34. People-rock singer-musician Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons) is 34. Actor Joel Courtney is 25.