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–90 Harry Wayne Casey(“KC”)–70 Anthony LaPaglia–62 Kelly Lynch–62 Amelia “Minnie” Driver–51 Patricia Velasquez–50 “Portia de Rossi”(Amanda Rogers)–48 Kerry Washington–44 Justin Timberlake–40 Joel Courtney–25 ; 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.