Today in history: The first US satellite is launched into orbit

Today in History: Jan 31
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Today in history: The first US satellite is launched into orbit
OXNARD, UNITED STATES: Local residents pass a memorial for Alaska Airlines Flight 261 victims 02 February, 2000, at Silver Strand Beach near Oxnard, California. The MD-83 crashed 31 January, 2000 in the ocean nine miles (14kms) from Strand Beach. The US Coast Guard has called off the search and rescue operation for the 88 passengers and has switched to a search and recovery operation. AFP PHOTO (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) Mike NELSON/mn (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Take a look back in time and see the events -- both big and small -- that happened on January 31st throughout the years. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Jackie Robinson was born in 1919
  • In 1944 U.S. forces invaded the Japanese-held Marshall Islands during World War II
  • An Alaska Airlines jet plunged into the ocean off Southern California on a flight from Mexico to San Francisco, killing all 88 people on board in 2000
  • In 1961 Ham the chimpanzee was the first hominid in space
On This Day:  January 31
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