Today in History, January 24th

By | January 24, 2014

A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 24th!

1458 Matthias Corvinus, the son of John Hunyadi, is elected king of Hungary.
1639 Representatives from three Connecticut towns band together to write the Fundamental Orders, the first constitution in the New World.
1722 Czar Peter the Great caps his reforms in Russia with the “Table of Rank” which decrees a commoner can climb on merit to the highest positions.

Czar Peter the Great

Czar Peter the Great

1848 Gold is discovered by James Wilson Marshall at his partner Johann August Sutter’s sawmill on the South Fork of the American River, near Coloma, California.
1903 U.S. Secretary of State John Hay and British Ambassador Herbert create a joint commission to establish the Alaskan border.
1908 The first Boy Scout troop was organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.
1911 U.S. Cavalry is sent to preserve the neutrality of the Rio Grande during the Mexican Civil War.
1915 The German cruiser Blücher is sunk by a British squadron in the Battle of Dogger Bank.

German cruiser Blücher

German cruiser Blücher, yep…it is sinking!

1924 The Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad in honor of late revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin.
1927 British expeditionary force of 12,000 is sent to China to protect concessions at Shanghai.
1931 The League of Nations rebukes Poland for the mistreatment of a German minority in Upper Silesia.
1943 President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.
1945 A German attempt to relieve the besieged city of Budapest is finally halted by the Soviets.
1946 The UN establishes the International Atomic Energy Commission.
1951 Indian leader Nehru demands that the UN name Peking as an aggressor in Korea.
1965 Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill died in London at age 90.

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Funeral of Winston Churchill

1972 The Supreme Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year.
1980 In a rebuff to the Soviets, the U.S. announces intentions to sell arms to China.
1982 A draft of Air Force history reports that the U.S. secretly sprayed herbicides on Laos during the Vietnam War.
1986 The Voyager 2 space probe swept past Uranus, coming within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet from the sun.
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 executed in Florida’s electric chair.
1993 Retired Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall died at age 84.

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Justice Thurgood Marshall’s Grave

1995 The prosecution gave its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
2003 The new federal Department of Homeland Security officially opened as Tom Ridge was sworn in as secretary.
2004 NASA’s Opportunity rover landed on Mars three weeks after its identical twin, Spirit.
2008 French bank Societe Generale announced it had uncovered a $7.14 billion fraud by a single futures trader.
2011 Jared Lee Loughner pleaded not guilty in Phoenix to federal charges he’d tried to kill U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and two of her aides in a Tucson shooting rampage that had claimed six lives.

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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