History of 24 January

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History of 24 January

  • 1985 – Penny Harrington became the first woman police chief of a major city. She assumed the duties as head of the Portland, Oregon, force of 940 officers and staff.
  • 1986 – The Voyager 2space probe flew past Uranus. The probe came within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet of the solar system.
  • 1987 – In Lebanon, gunmen kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh. They were all later released.
  • 1989 – Ted Bundy, the confessed serial killer, was put to death in Florida’s electric chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.
  • 1990 – Japan launched the first probe to be sent to the Moon since 1976. A small satellite was placed in lunar orbit.
  • 1995 – The prosecution gave its opening statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
  • 1996 – Polish Premier Jozef Oleksy resigned due to allegations that he had spied for Moscow.
  • 2000 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Missouri law that limited the contributions that individuals could donate to a candidate during a single election.
  • 2001 – In Colorado Springs, CO, Patrick Murphy Jr. and Donald Newbury were taken into custody after a 5-minute phone interview was granted with a TV station. They were the remaining fugitives of the “Texas 7.”
  • 2002 – The U.S. Congress began a hearing on the collapse of Enron Corp.
  • 2002 – John Walker Lindh appeared in court for the first time concerning the charges that he conspired to kill Americans abroad and aided terrorist groups. Lindh had been taken into custody by U.S. Marines in Afghanistan.
  • 2003 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security began operations under Tom Ridge.
  • 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 Today

  • 1981 – Mario Eggimann, Swiss footballer
  • 1981 – Zaur Hashimov, Azerbaijani footballer and manager
  • 1981 – Elena Kolomina, Kazakhstani cross country skier
  • 1982 – Céline Deville, French footballer
  • 1982 – Daveed Diggs, American actor, rapper and singer
  • 1982 – Claudia Heill, Austrian judoka
  • 1982 – Aitor Hernández, Spanish racing cyclist
  • 1983 – Davide Biondini, Italian footballer
  • 1983 – Wyatt Crockett, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1983 – Evgeny Drattsev, Russian swimmer
  • 1983 – Craig Horner, Australian actor and musician
  • 1983 – Shaun Maloney, Scottish footballer
  • 1983 – Scott Speed, American race car driver
  • 1984 – Emerse Faé, French-born Ivorian footballer
  • 1984 – Yotam Halperin, Israeli basketball player
  • 1984 – Jung Jin-sun, South Korean fencer
  • 1984 – Scott Kazmir, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Paulo Sérgio Moreira Gonçalves, Portuguese footballer
  • 1985 – Fabiana Claudino, Brazilian volleyball player
  • 1985 – Trey Gilder, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Cristiano Araújo, Brazilian singer-songwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1986 – Mohammad Bagheri Motamed, Iranian taekwondo practitioner
  • 1986 – Mischa Barton, English-American actress
  • 1986 – Vladislav Ivanov, Russian footballer
  • 1986 – Michael Kightly, English footballer
  • 1986 – Ricky Ullman, Israeli-American actor
  • 1987 – Wayne Hennessey, Welsh footballer
  • 1987 – Luis Suárez, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1987 – Davide Valsecchi, Italian racing driver
  • 1987 – Kia Vaughn, American born Czech basketball player
  • 1987 – Guan Xin, Chinese basketball player
  • 1988 – Selina Jörg, German snowboarder
  • 1989 – Serdar Kesimal, Turkish footballer
  • 1989 – Gong Lijiao, Chinese shot putter
  • 1989 – Ki Sung-yueng, South Korean footballer
  • 1990 – Mao Abe, Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 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, younger child of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark