On this day: January 31

POSTED: 10:08 PM PST Jan 30, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 30, 2014 

The first Social Security check is issued, America launches its first satellite into orbit, McDonald's comes to Moscow, and "Avatar" hits the $2 billion mark, all on this day.

OTD January 31 - John Marshall
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1801: John Marshall is appointed the fourth chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The longest-serving chief justice in Supreme Court history, Marshall would dominate the court for more than three decades and play a significant role in the development of the American legal system.

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