On this day: January 31

POSTED: 10:08 PM PST Jan 30, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 30, 2016 

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 - Jersey Joe Walcott
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1914: Boxer Jersey Joe Walcott, who broke the world record for the oldest man to win the world's Heavyweight title when he earned it in 1951 at the age of 37 years, 168 days, is born Arnold Raymond Cream in Merchantville, New Jersey. Walcott, who successfully defended his title once before losing it to an undefeated Rocky Marciano in 1952, would hold the oldest age record until George Foreman won the title at age 45 in 1994. Walcott died at age 80 on Feb. 25, 1994.


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