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–91 Harry Wayne Casey(“KC”)–71 Anthony LaPaglia–63 Kelly Lynch–63 Amelia “Minnie” Driver–52 Patricia Velasquez–51 “Portia de Rossi”(Amanda Rogers)–49 Kerry Washington–45 Justin Timberlake–41 Joel Courtney–26 ; 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.