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    What happened on January 24

    • January 24, 0041 "Gaius Caesar (Caligula), known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, is assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards. Claudius succeeds his nephew."

    • January 24, 1328 King Edward III of England marries Philippa of Henegouwen

    • January 24, 1438 "The Council of Basel suspends Pope Eugene IV as Prelate of Ethiopia, arrives at Massawa from Goa."

    • January 24, 1458 Matthias I Corvinus chosen king of Hungary

    • January 24, 1534 Fran‡ois I signs classified treaty with evangelical German monarchy

    • January 24, 1568 Abdij Church in Middelburg destroyed by fire

    • January 24, 1568 "In the Netherlands, Duke of Alva declares William of Orange an outlaw"

    • January 24, 1613 Amsterdam merchant Hans Bontemantel baptized

    • January 24, 1616 Jacques Le Maire discovers Street Lemaire/Cape Receiver

    • January 24, 1634 Emperor Ferdinand II declares Albrecht von Wallenstein a traitor

    • January 24, 1639 Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders

    • January 24, 1644 Battle at Nantwich Cheshire Parliamentary armies win

    • January 24, 1652 Duke of Orl‚ans joins Fronde rebels

    • January 24, 1656 "The first Jewish doctor in US, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland"

    • January 24, 1679 King Charles II disbands English parliament

    • January 24, 1722 Czar Peter the Great begins civil system

    • January 24, 1722 Edward Wigglesworth appointed first US divinity professor (Harvard)

    • January 24, 1742 Charles VII Albert becomes Holy Roman Emperor.

    • January 24, 1742 German leaders elect Charles VII Albert Emperor

    • January 24, 1776 "Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga."

    • January 24, 1826 "Mississippi College is founded in Clinton, becoming the first college in the state of Mississippi."

    • January 24, 1839 Charles Darwin elected member of Royal Society

    • January 24, 1847 "1,500 New Mexican Indians & Mexicans defeated by US Colonel Price"

    • January 24, 1848 Gold is discovered in California by James Marshall at Sutters Mill triggering the San Francisco gold rush of '49.

    • January 24, 1848 James Marshall finds gold in Sutter's Mill in Coloma CA

    • January 24, 1848 "UK hist Gold found at Sutter's Mill, California ? starts the California gold rush"

    • January 24, 1857 The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first full-fledged university in south Asia.

    • January 24, 1859 Political union of Moldavia and Wallachia; Alexandru Ioan Cuza is elected as ruler.

    • January 24, 1861 Arsenal at Augusta GA seized by Confederacy

    • January 24, 1861 Federal troops from Fort Monroe are sent to Fort Pikens

    • January 24, 1862 Romania principality arises under King Alexander Cuza

    • January 24, 1874 "General J van Swieten conquers Kraton Atjeh, after 1000's die"

    • January 24, 1874 "Mussorgsky's opera ""Boris Godunov,"" premieres in St Petersburg Russia"

    • January 24, 1878 "The revolutionary Vera Zasulich shoots at Fyodor Trepov, the Governor of Saint Petersburg."

    • January 24, 1885 The CPR telegraph reaches the Pacific from Halifax; now operating from coast to coast.

    • January 24, 1887 Battle of Dogali: Abyssinian troops defeat Italians.

    • January 24, 1888 Jacob L. Wortman (of Philadelphia) receives a U.S. patent for the typewriter ribbon.

    • January 24, 1892 "Battle at Mengo, Uganda French missionaries attack British missionaries"

    • January 24, 1899 Rubber heel patented by Humphrey O'Sullivan

    • January 24, 1900 "Battle at Tugela-Spionkop, South Africa (Boers vs British army)"

    • January 24, 1900 "Newcastle Badminton Club, world's oldest, formed in England"

    • January 24, 1900 UK hist Spion Kop reached by British; massive losses by Lancashire Regimant

    • January 24, 1901 Emily Hobhouse views Lord Kitchener's concentration camp at Bloemfontein

    • January 24, 1902 Denmark sells Virgin Islands to USA

    • January 24, 1907 Robert Baden-Powell begins the Boy Scout movement.

    • January 24, 1908 General Baden-Powell starts Boy-Scouts

    • January 24, 1908 Robert Baden-Powell organizes the first Boy Scout troop in England.

    • January 24, 1913 "Franz Kafka stops working on ""Amerika""; it will never be finished"

    • January 24, 1915 German-British sea battle at Doggersbank & Helgoland

    • January 24, 1916 "In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad, the Supreme Court of the United States declares the federal income tax constitutional."

    • January 24, 1917 "Ernest Borgnine Academy Award-winning actor: Marty [1955], The Poseidon Adventure, The Dirty Dozen, McHale?s Navy was born"

    • January 24, 1918 Oral Roberts evangelist: founder: Oral Roberts University was born

    • January 24, 1918 The Gregorian calendar introduced in Russia by decree of the Council of People's Commissars effective from February 14(NS)

    • January 24, 1922 "-54§F (-48§C), Danbury WI (state record)"

    • January 24, 1922 Eskimo Pie patented by Christian K Nelson of Iowa (not an Eskimo)

    • January 24, 1922 Lehman Caves National Monument established

    • January 24, 1923 "Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico established"

    • January 24, 1924 Mussolini disallows non-fascists work union

    • January 24, 1924 "Petrograd, formerly St. Petersburg, Russia, is renamed Leningrad."

    • January 24, 1924 Russian city of St Petersburg renamed Leningrad

    • January 24, 1924 The Russian city of St. Petersburg is renamed Leningrad to honor the late revolutionary leader. It was later renamed back to St. Petersburg.

    • January 24, 1925 Moving picture of a solar eclipse taken from dirigible over Long Island

    • January 24, 1925 Sandler follows Branting as premier of Sweden

    • January 24, 1927 "Director Alfred Hitchcock releases his first film, The Pleasure Garden, in England."

    • January 24, 1930 "J E Mills scores 117 on Test Cricket debut, New Zealand vs England, Wellington"

    • January 24, 1930 Stewie Dempster scores New Zealand's first Test century

    • January 24, 1935 "The first canned beer, ""Krueger Cream Ale,"" is sold by Kruger Brewing Co in Richmond VA"

    • January 24, 1936 Albert Sarraut becomes Prime Minister of France

    • January 24, 1936 "Benny Goodman & orchestra record ""Stompin' at the Savoy"" on Victor Records"

    • January 24, 1939 "30,000 killed by earthquake in Concepcion Chile"

    • January 24, 1939 Spanish government moves to Figueras

    • January 24, 1940 "The Naval Secretary notifies Secretary of War Henry Stimson, ""Hostilities would be initiated by a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor."""

    • January 24, 1941 British troops march into Abyssinia

    • January 24, 1942 "Battle of Makassar Strait, destroyer attack on Japanese convoy in first surface action in the Pacific during World War II"

    • January 24, 1942 In Ottawa Wartime Prices and Trade Board rations sugar to 3/4 lb per person per week; cut to 1/2 lb

    • January 24, 1943 Hitler orders nazi troops at Stalingrad to fight to death

    • January 24, 1943 Jewish patients/nurses/doctors incinerated at Auschwitz-Birkenau

    • January 24, 1944 Allied troops occupy Nettuno Italy

    • January 24, 1945 Scottish 52nd Lowland division occupies Heinsberg

    • January 24, 1946 "Canada is appointed to the UN Atomic Energy Commission, set up to control and promote the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes"

    • January 24, 1948 "Australia all out 674 vs India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*)"

    • January 24, 1948 Dutch Liberal Party forms-People's party for Freedom & Democracy (VVD)

    • January 24, 1948 "In the Philippine Islands a 8.2 earthquake occurred near the southwest coast of Panay. Over $3.5 million property damage was sustained in the islands, and 72 people were killed."

    • January 24, 1949 "John (Adam) Belushicomedian: Second City improvisational troupe, original cast: Saturday Night Live was born"

    • January 24, 1950 "Jackie Robinson signs highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history"

    • January 24, 1951 Dutch government Drees-van Schaik resigns

    • January 24, 1952 Fire in main building of French Port Martin Antarctic base

    • January 24, 1952 "Vincent Massey 1887-1967 sworn in as Governor General; first Canadian-born; serves from February 28, 1952 to September 15, 1959."

    • January 24, 1956 "96.5 cm precipitation at Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record)"

    • January 24, 1960 Algeria uprises against French President De Gaulle

    • January 24, 1962 28 refugees escape from East to West Germany

    • January 24, 1962 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles

    • January 24, 1962 Jackie Robinson is first Black elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    • January 24, 1963 Number one hit on UK music charts - The Shadows - Dance On

    • January 24, 1964 24th Amendment to US Constitution goes into effect & states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes

    • January 24, 1964 Martin Kresses final comic strip of Eric the Viking

    • January 24, 1965 British statesman Winston Churchill dies in London at age 90.

    • January 24, 1966 "An Air India Boeing 707 jet crashes on Mont Blanc, on the border between France and Italy, killing 117."

    • January 24, 1968 Number one hit on UK music charts - Georgie Fame - The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde

    • January 24, 1969 Queen Juliana appointed honorary citizen of Addis Ababa

    • January 24, 1969 Spanish General Franco announces state of emergency

    • January 24, 1970 3rd ABA All-Star Game West 128 beats East 98 at Indiana

    • January 24, 1971 "Panarctic Oils caps a natural gas well on King Christian Island,NWT that had burned out of control for 3 months"

    • January 24, 1972 "Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II."

    • January 24, 1973 "Canada joins the International Commission for Control and Supervision in Vietnam for 60-day period; ICCS a truce-observance commission; with Hungary, Poland, Indonesia."

    • January 24, 1973 Warren Spahn is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    • January 24, 1975 "Fastest Earth-bound object, 7200 kph, in vacuum centrifuge, England"

    • January 24, 1976 George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round of a real slugfest

    • January 24, 1977 5 lawyers murdered by fascist in Madrid

    • January 24, 1977 "Massacre of Atocha in Madrid, during the Spanish transition to democracy."

    • January 24, 1978 "A nuclear-powered Soviet satellite disintegrates as it falls into the atmosphere, spreading radioactive debris over parts of northern Canada."

    • January 24, 1978 "Nuclear-powered USSR satellite Cosmos 954 re-enters the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrates over the Northwest Territories, scattering radioactive debris over the barrens east of Great Slave Lake; Canadian Armed Forces launches operation to recover debris; USSR later pays Canada $3 million under a UN treaty covering costs of cleanup."

    • January 24, 1978 Rose Dugdale and Eddie Gallagher become the first convicted prisoners to marry in prison in the history of the Republic of Ireland.

    • January 24, 1978 "Soviet satellite Cosmos 954 burns up in Earth's atmosphere, scattering debris over Canada's Northwest Territories."

    • January 24, 1980 "North of Livermore Valley, California s 5.9, earthquake injured 44 people and caused and estimated $11.5 million in property damage (of which, $10 million damage occurred at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory at Livermore"

    • January 24, 1981 Kim Hughes scores 213 vs India at Adelaide

    • January 24, 1983 Hulk Hogan pins the Iron Sheik for World Wrestling Federation title

    • January 24, 1983 "Oaxaca, Mexico a 7.0 earthquake occured. Damage in the Juchitan area and slight damage in the Mexico City area. Felt strongly in southeastern Mexico."

    • January 24, 1984 ABC network agrees to pay $386 million for US TV rights to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics; a record sum to that date; CTV will handle the Canadian feed.

    • January 24, 1984 Apple Computer Inc unveils its Macintosh personal computer

    • January 24, 1984 The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale.

    • January 24, 1985 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 is launched

    • January 24, 1985 "Penny Harrington is sworn in as the first woman police chief of a major American city (Portland, OR)."

    • January 24, 1986 "43rd Golden Globes Whoopi Goldberg, Color Purple win"

    • January 24, 1986 South Yemen Premier Haydar Bakr al-Attas becomes interim-president

    • January 24, 1986 "The NASA space probe Voyager Two passes within 50,679 miles of Uranus."

    • January 24, 1986 "Voyager 2 makes first fly-by of Uranus (81,593 km), finds new moons"

    • January 24, 1986 Wapping dispute. Newspaper workers in London launch ultimately unsuccessful strike against Rupert Murdoch's News International.

    • January 24, 1987 61st Australian Women's Tennis H Mandlikova beat M Navratilova (75 76)

    • January 24, 1987 Number one hit on UK music charts - Steve 'Silk' Hurley - Jack Your Body

    • January 24, 1988 "Ben Johnson named the Associated Press (AP) male athlete of the year, the first Canadian track athlete so honoured"

    • January 24, 1988 First WWF Royal Rumble - Jim Duggan wins

    • January 24, 1989 Serial killer Ted Bundy is put to death in Florida's electric chair.

    • January 24, 1989 The first reported case of AIDS transmitted by heterosexual oral sex

    • January 24, 1990 Japanese MUSES-A (Hiten) launched towards moon

    • January 24, 1993 "14th annual star-athon $24,000,000"

    • January 24, 1993 "Former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall dies in Bethesda, Maryland, at age 84."

    • January 24, 1993 "Polish ferry boat John Heweliusz sinks, 52 killed"

    • January 24, 1993 Soyuz TM-16 launches

    • January 24, 1993 Turkish journalist and writer Uur Mumcu assassinated by a car bomb in Ankara

    • January 24, 1996 Polish Premier Jozef Oleksy resigns amid charges he spied for Moscow.







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