On this day: January 31

Posted: 1:08 AM EST Jan 31, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EST Jan 31, 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.

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2010: The sci-fi action movie "Avatar," written, directed and produced by James Cameron, becomes the first film to gross more than $2 billion worldwide.

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