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 (1922–2019) ; Philip Glass–83 Harry Wayne Casey(“KC”)–69 Anthony LaPaglia–61 Kelly Lynch–61 Amelia “Minnie” Driver–50 Patricia Velasquez–49 “Portia de Rossi”(Amanda Rogers)–47 Kerry Washington–43 Justin Timberlake–39 Joel Courtney–24 ; 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.