Today is Friday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2020. There are 335 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Composer Philip Glass is 83. Former Interior secretary James Watt is 82. Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, the former queen regent, is 82. Actor Stuart Margolin is 80. Actress Jessica Walter is 79. Former representative Dick Gephardt, Democrat of Missouri, is 79. Blues singer and harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite is 76. Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is 73. Actor Jonathan Banks is 73. Singer Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band is 69. the Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten is 64. Actress Kelly Lynch is 61. Actress Minnie Driver is 50. Actor-comedian Bobby Moynihan is 43. Actress Kerry Washington is 43. Singer Justin Timberlake is 39. Folk-rock singer-musician Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons) is 33.
In 1863, during the Civil War, the First South Carolina Volunteers, an all-black Union regiment composed of many escaped slaves, was mustered into federal service at Beaufort, S.C.
In 1865, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery, sending it to states for ratification. (The amendment was adopted in…