There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.
Saturday January 31st
1606: Guy Fawkes is executed for his part in the Gunpowder Plot against the English Parliament and King James I.
1734: Robert Morris (LIB 1734-1806) merchant, signer of all three founding documents, Superintendent of Finance (1781-84).
1830: James Blaine (GILD 1830-1893) Congressman (NY-R 1863-76) Speaker (1869-76) Senator (1876-81) Secretary of State (1881, 1889-92), Presidential candidate (1884).
1841: Sam Loyd (GILD 1841-1911) Puzzle maker /chess master.
1865: The House of Representatives passes the 13th Amendment ending slavery.
1872: Zane Grey (MISS 1872-1939) author 112 films and two radio/TV series The Lone Ranger and Sgt. Preston of the Yukon were based on his westerns.
1876: All Native Americans had to move to reservations or be declared hostile.
1892: Eddie Cantor (LOST 1892-1964) Broadway singer/songwriter /entertainer Ziegfeld Follies (1917-1920, 1923, 1927).
1917: Germany announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.
1919: Jackie Robinson (GI 1919-72) the first black baseball player in the major leagues.
1921: Carol Channing (GI 1921- ) Broadway actress Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949, 1951), Hello, Dolly! (1964, 1977, 1981, 1994).
1923: Norman Mailer (GI 1923-2007) author co-founder of the Village Voice (1955), The Armies of the Night (1968), The Executioner’s Song (1979).
1927: Jean Goldkette records I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover.
1936: The Green Hornet premiers on radio.
1940: Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vermont receives the first Social Security check.
1945: Army private Eddie Slovik is executed for desertion, the first such execution of an American soldier since the Civil War.
1956: Geena Davis (BOOM 1956- ) actress Transylvania 6-5000 (1985), Beetlejuice (1988), Thelma & Louise (1991), Hero (1992), Cutthroat Island (1995), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), Commander in Chief (2005-06).
1958: US launch its first successful orbiting satellite, Explorer-I, four months after the Soviet launch of Sputnik.
1958: James Van Allen discovers the Van Allen radiation belt.
1968: Tet offensive (Jan 31-Sept 23) begins.
2006: Senate approved Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
2007: Adult Swim’s marketing campaign causes Boston Bomb Scare.