Today in History: January 31

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Today in History: January 31

January 31, 2014 Updated Jan 31, 2014 at 11:36 AM CDT

Take a look at the video below to find out important happenings from this day in history.

Included: US launches first satellite into orbit; Libyan intelligence officer convicted of Pan Am 103 bombing; US Soldier executed for desertion during World War II; Norman Mailer born; Franz Schubert born.