History Blog

January 31

Happy Birthday RIP Tallulah Bankhead(1902–1968) Jackie Robinson(1919–1972) Jean Simmons(1929–2010) Suzanne Pleshette(1937–2008) ; Carol Channing–92 Philip Glass–76 Harry Wayne Casey(“KC”)–62 Anthony LaPaglia–54 Kelly Lynch–54 Amelia “Minnie” Driver–43 Portia de Rossi(Amanda Rogers)–40 Kerry Washington–36 Johnny Castle(Rocco Santini)–33 Justin Timberlake–32 ; 1865 –  The United States Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, abolishing slavery, submitting it to the states for ratification ; 1949 – The first TV daytime soap opera, “These Are My Children,” was broadcast by the NBC station in Chicago.