This day in history

Thursday, Jan. 31, is the 31st day of 2013. There are 334 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Carol Channing is 92. Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is 82. Composer Philip Glass is 76. Blues singer-musician Charlie Musselwhite is 69. Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is 66. Rock singer Johnny Rotten is 57. Actor Anthony LaPaglia is 54. Actress Minnie Driver is 43. Actress Portia de Rossi is 40. Actress Kerry Washington is 36. Singer Justin Timberlake is 32. Folk-rock singer-musician Marcus Mumford is 26.

In 1606, Guy Fawkes, convicted of treason for his part in the ‘‘Gunpowder Plot’’ against the English Parliament and James I, was executed.


In 1917, Germany served notice it was beginning a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.

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In 1950, President Truman announced he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb.

In 1958, the United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit, Explorer I.

In 1971, astronauts Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, and Stuart Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon.

In 2000, an Alaska Airlines jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Port Hueneme, Calif., killing all 88 people aboard.