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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.
The California Gold Rush kicks off when James Marshall, a construction worker, discovers a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill, in northern California.
The first Boy Scout troop was organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.
Christian K. Nelson of Onawa, Iowa, patented the Eskimo Pie.
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.
The first canned beer is sold by the Krueger Brewing Company in Richmond, Virginia.
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.
President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.
Hollywood screen star Marilyn Monroe divorces her husband of five years, playwright Arthur Miller.
The first "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue was published.
The Supreme Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year.
A nuclear-powered Soviet satellite plunged through Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated, scattering radioactive debris over parts of northern Canada.
In Portland, Oregon, Penny Harrington becomes the first female police chief of a major American city.
The Voyager 2 space probe swept past Uranus, coming within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet of the solar system.
Gunmen in Lebanon kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh. All were later released.
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.
The prosecution gave its opening statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
The eventual major party nominees for president - Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore - posted victories in the Iowa caucuses.
The new U.S. Department of Homeland Security officially opened and its head, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, was sworn in.
Disney agrees to purchase Pixar animation studio for $7.4 billion.
Frederick the Great, King of Prussia.
Ernst Hoffmann, German writer and composer.
Edith Wharton, American Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist.
Ernest Borgnine, actor.
Oral Roberts, American neo-Pentecostal televangelist.
Doug Kershaw, American musician.
Aaron Neville, singer.
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.
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.
Larry Fine (born Louis Feinberg), American comedian and actor, probably best known as a member of the comedy act The Three Stooges.
L. Ron Hubbard, American writer and founder of Scientology.
Thurgood Marshall, first African American member of the United States Supreme Court, dies in Bethesda, Maryland, at the age of 84.