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–93 Philip Glass–77 Harry Wayne Casey(“KC”)–63 Anthony LaPaglia–55 Kelly Lynch–55 Amelia “Minnie” Driver–44 “Portia de Rossi”(Amanda Rogers)–41 Kerry Washington–37 “Johnny Castle”(Rocco Santini)–34 Justin Timberlake–33 ; 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.