History of 24 January

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History of 24 January

  • 1918 – The Gregorian calendar is introduced in Russia by decree of the Council of People’s Commissars effective February 14(NS)
  • 1933 – The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, changing the beginning and end of terms for all elected federal offices.
  • 1939 – The deadliest earthquake in Chilean history strikes Chillán, killing approximately 28,000 people.
  • 1942 – World War II: The Allies bombard Bangkok, leading Thailand, then under Japanese control, to declare war against the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • 1943 – World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill conclude a conference in Casablanca.
  • 1946 – The United Nations General Assembly passes its first resolution to establish the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission.
  • 1960 – Algerian War: Some units of European volunteers in Algiers stage an insurrection known as the “barricades week”, during which they seize government buildings and clash with local police.
  • 1961 – Goldsboro B-52 crash: A bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. The uranium core of one weapon remains lost.
  • 1968 – Vietnam War: The 1st Australian Task Force launches Operation Coburg against the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong during wider fighting around Long Bình and Biên Hòa
  • 1972 – Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.
  • 1977 – Atocha massacre occurs in Madrid during the Spanish transition to democracy.
  • 1978 – Soviet satellite Kosmos 954, with a nuclear reactor on board, burns up in Earth’s atmosphere, scattering radioactive debris over Canada’s Northwest Territories. Only 1% is recovered.
  • 1984 – Apple Computer places the Macintosh personal computer on sale in the United States.
  • 1989 – Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, with over 30 known victims, is executed by the electric chair at the Florida State Prison
  • 1990 – Japan launches Hiten, the country’s first lunar probe, the first robotic lunar probe since the Soviet Union’s Luna 24 in 1976, and the first lunar probe launched by a country other than the Soviet Union or the United States.
  • 2003 – The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.
  • 2009 – Cyclone Klaus makes landfall near Bordeaux, France, causing 26 deaths as well as extensive disruptions to public transport and power supplies.
  • 2011 – At least 35 die and 180 are injured in a bombing at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport.

Celebrating Birthday’s Today

  • 1988 – Jade Ewen, English singer, and actress
  • 1988 – Selina Jörg, German snowboarder
  • 1989 – Serdar Kesimal, Turkish footballer
  • 1989 – Gong Lijiao, Chinese shot putter
  • 1989 – Ki Sung-Yeung, South Korean footballer
  • 1990 – Mao Abe, Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1990 – Ryosuke Irie, Japanese swimmer
  • 1991 – Zhan Beleniuk, Ukrainian Greco-Roman wrestler
  • 1991 – Tatiana Kashirina, Russian weightlifter
  • 1991 – Zé Luís, Cape Verdean footballer
  • 1991 – Li Xuerui, Chinese badminton player
  • 1992 – Becky Downie, English gymnast
  • 1992 – Phiwa Nkambule, South African entrepreneur
  • 1992 – Felitciano Zschusschen, Curaçao footballer
  • 1994 – Tommie Hoban, English footballer
  • 1995 – Dylan Everett, Canadian actor
  • 1997 – Nirei Fukuzumi, Japanese racer
  • 1999 – Vitalie Damașcan, Moldovan footballer
  • 2012 – Princess Athena of Denmark, the younger child of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark

 

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