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What Happened On This Day In History?


Friday, January 24th 2020

Today is the 24th day of 2020.  There are 341 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1848
The California Gold Rush kicks off when James Marshall, a construction worker, discovers a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill, in northern California.
1908
The first Boy Scout troop was organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.
1922
Christian K. Nelson of Onawa, Iowa, patented the Eskimo Pie.
1924
The Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad in honor of the late revolutionary leader. The name has since been changed back to St. Petersburg.
1935
The first canned beer is sold by the Krueger Brewing Company in Richmond, Virginia.
1942
A special court of inquiry into America's lack of preparedness for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor placed much of the blame on Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel and Lieutenant General Walter C. Short, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army commanders.
1943
President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.
1961
Hollywood screen star Marilyn Monroe divorces her husband of five years, playwright Arthur Miller.
1964
The first "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue was published.
1972
The Supreme Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year.
1978
A nuclear-powered Soviet satellite plunged through Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated, scattering radioactive debris over parts of northern Canada.
1985
In Portland, Oregon, Penny Harrington becomes the first female police chief of a major American city.
1986
The Voyager 2 space probe swept past Uranus, coming within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet of the solar system.
1987
Gunmen in Lebanon kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh. All were later released.
1989
Confessed serial killer Ted Bundy was put to death in Florida's electric chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.
1995
The prosecution gave its opening statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
2000
The eventual major party nominees for president - Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore - posted victories in the Iowa caucuses.
2003
The new U.S. Department of Homeland Security officially opened and its head, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, was sworn in.
2006
Disney agrees to purchase Pixar animation studio for $7.4 billion.

Notable Births

1712
Frederick the Great, King of Prussia.
1776
Ernst Hoffmann, German writer and composer.
1862
Edith Wharton, American Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist.
1917
Ernest Borgnine, actor.
1918
Oral Roberts, American neo-Pentecostal televangelist.
1936
Doug Kershaw, American musician.
1941
Aaron Neville, singer.
1949
John Belushi, American actor, comedian and singer most notable for his work on Saturday Night Live, National Lampoon's Animal House, and The Blues Brothers.

Notable Deaths

1965
Winston Churchill, prime minister of Great Britain from 1940–1945 and 1951–1955, dies in London, England, at age 90 with his wife Lady Clementine Churchill and other members of the family at his bedside.
1975
Larry Fine (born Louis Feinberg), American comedian and actor, probably best known as a member of the comedy act The Three Stooges.
1986
L. Ron Hubbard, American writer and founder of Scientology.
1993
Thurgood Marshall, first African American member of the United States Supreme Court, dies in Bethesda, Maryland, at the age of 84.
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