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–82 Harry Wayne Casey(“KC”)–68 Anthony LaPaglia–60 Kelly Lynch–60 Amelia “Minnie” Driver–49 Patricia Velasquez–48 “Portia de Rossi”(Amanda Rogers)–46 Kerry Washington–42 Justin Timberlake–38 Joel Courtney–23 ; 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.