January 24: Today in History – Historical Events
Early Centuries – January 24 Historic Events – Before the 1700s
1. 24th Jan 1543: It was on this day that Francois I signed a treaty with the evangelical German Monarchy.
2. 24th Jan 1568: Abdij Church in Middleburg was destroyed by fire on this day.
3. 24th Jan 1568: William of Orange was declared an outlaw on this day by the Duke of Alva in the Netherlands.
4. 24th Jan 1634: Albert Von Wallenstein was declared a traitor on this day by Emperor Ferdinand II.
5. 24th Jan 1639: Connecticut colony was organized this day under Fundamental Orders.
6. 24th Jan 1644: Parliamentary armies on this day won the Battle at Nantwich Cheshire.
7. 24th Jan 1656: Dr. Jacob Lumbrozo arrived on this day in Maryland. He was the first Jewish doctor in the US.
8. 24th Jan 1679: The English Parliament was disbanded on this day by King Charles II.
18th Century – What Happened on January 24 – The 1700s
9. 24th Jan 1722: On this day Edward Wigglesworth was appointed as the first US divinity professor at Harvard.
10. 24th Jan 1764: It was on this day the Harvard fire destroyed the Winthrop Telescope.
19th Century – January 24 This Day That Year – The 1800s
11. 24th Jan 1839: Charles Darwin was elected Fellow of the Royal Society on this day.
12. 24th Jan 1847: Col Price of the US defeated on this day 1500 Mexican Indians and Mexicans.
13. 24th Jan 1848: James Marshall on this day found gold in Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California.
14. 24th Jan 1857: On this day the University of Calcutta was formally established as the full-fledged university in South Asia.
15. 24th Jan 1859: On this day Alexandru Loan Cuza was elected as ruler by the political union of Moldavia and Wallachia.
16. 24th Jan 1862: Romanian Principality came into being on this day under King Alexander Cuza with Bucharest as its capital.
17. 24th Jan 1874: Kraton Atjeh was conquered by Gen J van Swieten on this day killing thousands of people.
18. 24th Jan 1892: French Missionaries attacked British Missionaries in Uganda on this day in the Battle of Mengo.
19. 24th Jan 1899: Vandenpeereboom forms government in Belgium on this day.
20. 24th Jan 1899: Humphrey O’Sullivan patented rubber heel on this day.
20th Century – Important Events On This Day January 24th – The 1900s
21. 24th Jan 1900: This day saw the formation of the Newcastle Badminton Club in England. This is the oldest badminton club.
22. 24th Jan 1901: The British-administered concentration camp at Bloemfontein for women and children was viewed on this day by Emily Hobhouse.
23. 24th Jan 1902: Denmark on this day sold the Virgin Islands to the U.S.A.
24. 24th Jan 1908: Boy Scouts was started on this day by General Baden-Powel.
25. 24th Jan 1915: Germany and Britain are engaged in a sea battle at Dogger Bank and Helgoland.
26. 24th Jan 1916: The British House of Commons passes the Military Service Bill which provides for compulsory military service for men.
27. 24th Jan 1922: The Eskimo Pie was patented by Christian K Nelson on this day.
28. 24th Jan 1922: On this day the Lehman Cave National Monument was established.
29. 24th Jan 1922: Coldest winter in Danbury, Wisconsin. It recorded lowest temperature of -48°C, which was a record.
30. 24th Jan 1923: On this day in New Mexico the Aztec Ruins National Museum was established.
31. 24th Jan 1924: On this day the Russian city of St.Petersburg was renamed as Leningrad.
32. 24th Jan 1924: Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini disallows non-fascist work union.
33. 24th Jan 1925: A motion picture of a solar eclipse was taken from a dirigible in Long Island.
34. 24th Jan 1927: The first film of Alfred Hitchcock as director of “The Pleasure Garden” was released in England.
35. 24th Jan 1935: The first canned beer the “Kruger Cream Ale” was put on sale on this day in Richmond by Kruger Brewing Company,
36. 24th Jan 1936: Albert Sarraut became the Prime Minister of France on this day.
37. 24th Jan 1939: A massive earthquake strikes Chile. About 30,000 people were killed by the earthquake in Concepcion, Chile.
38. 24th Jan 1939: The Spanish government on this day moved to Figueras.
39. 24th Jan 1941: British troops on this day marched into Abyssinia.
40. 24th Jan 1943: Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to fight to the death at Stalingrad.
41. 24th Jan 1943: On this day Jewish patients, doctors, and nurses were incinerated at Austhitz-Birkenau.
42. 24th Jan 1943: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Roosevelt concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morroco.
43. 24th Jan 1944: The Allied forces occupied Nettuno in Italy on this day.
44. 24th Jan 1945: Heinsberg was occupied by the Scottish 52nd Lowland division on this day.
45. 24th Jan 1948: The People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) was formed on this day by the Dutch Liberal Party.
46. 24th Jan 1951: The Dutch government of Drees-van Schaik resigned on this day.
47. 24th Jan 1952: On this day a fire broke out in the main building of French Port Martin Antarctic Base.
48. 24th Jan 1952: Vincent Massey was appointed Governor General of Canada. He was the first Canadian to be appointed Governor-General.
49. 24th Jan 1958: The first man-made nuclear fusion happened on this day when after warming to 100,000,000°, two light atoms are bashed together to form a heavier atom.
50. 24th Jan 1960: Algeria Upraises against President De Gaulle on this day.
51. 24th Jan 1962: Jackie Robinson was elected to the Base Ball Hall of Fame. He was the first black to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
52. 24th Jan 1962: On this day 28 refugees escape from East Germany and cross over from East to West Germany.
53. 24th Jan 1964: The 24th amendment to the constitution took effect from this day and voting rights could not be denied to states for not paying taxes.
54. 24th Jan 1966: An Air India Boeing 707 crashed into Mount Blank in France on this day killing 117 passengers.
55. 24th Jan 1969: A state of emergency was declared in Spain by the Spanish General Franco on this day.
56. 24th Jan 1969: Students protest against the erection of a steel gate around the London School of Economics.
57. 24th Jan 1969: Queen Juliana was on this day appointed as an honorary citizen of Addis Ababa.
58. 24th Jan 1969: In protest at the lack of “Strong Government” on the part of Prime Minister Terence O’Neill, Brian Faulkner, the Deputy Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Cabinet resigned on this day.
59. 24th Jan 1970: A new world record was created in 500 M skating by Valery Muratov who skated the distance in 38.99 seconds.
60. 24th Jan 1972: A Japanese Sgt was found in the Guam Jungle. He had been hiding in the jungle since the end of World War II.
61. 24th Jan 1972: The US Supreme Court struck down the law that denied welfare benefits to people who resided for less than one year in the state.
62. 24th Jan 1974: On this day the tenth Commonwealth Games opened in Christ Church, New Zealand.
63. 24th Jan 1978: A nuclear-powered Russian satellite plunged through earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated. The radioactive debris was scattered over the Northwest territory of Canada.
64. 24th Jan 1979: Fascists in Madrid murdered five lawyers on this day.
65. 24th Jan 1980: On this day the United States announced its intention to sell arms to China.
66. 24th Jan 1984: The revolutionary Macintosh Personal Computer was unveiled today by Apple Computer Inc.
67. 24th Jan 1985: Penny Harington became the first woman police chief of a major city when she assumed duties as head of the Portland, Oregon force consisting of 940 officers and staff.
68. 24th Jan 1985: On this day the fifteenth Space Shuttle, Mission Discovery 3 was launched.
69. 24th Jan 1986: Haydar Bakr al-Attas, the South Yemen Prime Minister became the interim-President on this day.
70. 24th Jan 1986: The Voyager II space probe flew past Uranus on this day. It came within 50,679 miles of the 7th planet of the solar system.
71. 24th Jan 1986: The Trade and Industry Secretary Leon Britton resigned. He was the second cabinet minister of the Thatcher government to resign after the “Westland Affair”.
72. 24th Jan 1987: In the 61st Australian women’s tennis championship H Mandlikova beat M Navratilova 7-5, 7-6.
73. 24th Jan 1988: Mats Wilander beats Pat Cash (6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6) in the 76th Men’s Australian Open Championship.
74. 24th Jan 1988: In the 76th Australian Women’s Open championship, Steffi Graf beat Chris Evert (6-1, 7-6).
75. 24th Jan 1989: On this day the first case of AIDS was reported. It was transmitted by heterosexual oral sex.
76. 24th Jan 1990: This day was marked with the opening of the 14th Commonwealth Games at Auckland in New Zealand.
77. 24th Jan 1990: Japan on this day launched the first probe to be sent to the moon in 1976. A small satellite was placed in the lunar orbit.
78. 24th Jan 1993: The Polish ferry boat John Heweliusz sank on this day killing 52 people.
79. 24th Jan 1993: Russia Launches spacecraft Soyuz TM-16.
80. 24th Jan 1993: In Ankara, Uğur Mumcu a Turkish writer and Journalist was assassinated on this day by a car bomb.
21st Century – January 24 This Day In History – The 2000s
81. 24th Jan 2000: On this day the Missouri law which limited the contributions which individuals could donate to a candidate during a single election was upheld by the US Supreme Court.
82. 24th Jan 2001: Peter Mandelson, Secretary of Northern Ireland resigned on this day.
83. 24th Jan 2002: On this day Congress began to hear the collapse of the Enron Corporation.
84. 24th Jan 2002: John Walker Lindh who was charged with conspiring to kill Americans abroad and aiding terrorist groups, who was taken into custody by US Marines in Afghanistan appeared in court for the first time.
85. 24th Jan 2003: The US Department of Homeland Security began functioning under Tom Ridge.
86. 24th Jan 2011: the Australian state of Tasmania gets its first woman Prime Minister on this day when Lara Giddings assumed office.
87. 24th Jan 2011: The scientists at the Canadian Arctic region study the outbreak of avian cholera which was responsible for the death of thousands of eider ducks.
88. 24th Jan 2012: Apple Inc. reported on this day that they had over $127 billion in revenue by selling 37 million iPhones and 15 million iPads in the 4th quarter of 2011.
89. 24th Jan 2012: The 2012 State of the Union address was delivered on this day by President Barack Obama to the US Congress.
90. 24th Jan 2013: The scientists of the European Bioinformatics Institute have been successful in storing audio and text of fragments of DNA and retrieving it to 99.99% accuracy. This was the first time DNA has been used for data storage.
91. 24th Jan 2013: To reduce their dependence on the import of Russian gas, the government of Ukraine signed a 10 billion Shale gas deal with Royal Dutch Shell.
92. 24th Jan 2006: Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin loses federal elections to Stephan Harper. After losing the elections he resigns as leader of the Liberal Party.
93. 24th Jan 2009: On this day Pope Benedict rescinds the excommunication of four bishops consecrated without papal consent by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988.
94. 24th Jan 2011: There was a bombing at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport. It killed at least 35 people and 180 people were injured.
95. 24th Jan 2013: A Taiwanese Activist ship was engaged by the Japanese coast guard in the Senkaku Islands dispute.
96. 24th Jan 2013: 13 rebels were killed in Vedeno District, Chechnya by the Russian police.
97. 24th Jan 2013: There was a bus crash on this day in Taperas, Bolivia killing 17 and injuring 34.
98. 24th Jan 2014: Today marks the 10 anniversary of the landing of the Opportunity rover on Mars. NASA said that the rover has discovered clay minerals indicating the flow of water early in the planet’s history.
99. 24th Jan 2014: Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of Apple Macintosh. The original computer has a 9” monochrome display 128 KB memory and a 3.5” slot for a floppy disc.
100. 24th Jan 2015: World Health Organization officials state that there is a decline in Ebola cases signaling the reversal of the epidemic. However preventive measures and safety protocols are still needed in affected countries.
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