Historical Events on January 24


41 Claudius succeeds his nephew Caligula as Roman Emperor after his assassination by Praetorian Guards.

Roman Emperor Claudius
Roman Emperor
3rd Roman Emperor Caligula
3rd Roman Emperor
  • 817 St Paschal I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Stephen IV

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1076 Synod of Worms: German King Henry IV fires Pope Gregory VII

Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV
Holy Roman Emperor
Henry IV
  • 1118 Giovanni Caetani elected Pope Gelasius II
  • 1458 Matthias I Corvinus chosen king of Hungary
  • 1534 Francois I signs classified treaty with evangelical German monarchy
  • 1568 Abdij Church in Middelburg destroyed by fire
  • 1568 In Netherlands, Duke of Alva declares William of Orange an outlaw
  • 1613 Amsterdam merchant Hans Bontemantel baptized
  • 1616 Jacques Le Maire discovers Street Lemaire/Cape Receiver
  • 1634 Emperor Ferdinand II declares Albrecht von Wallenstein a traitor
  • 1639 Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders
  • 1644 Parliamentary army wins battle of Nantwich, Cheshire, English Civil War
  • 1648 Lord Baltimore's representative Margaret Brent ejected from the Maryland Council after requesting right to vote
  • 1652 Duke of Orleans joins Fronde rebels
  • 1656 1st Jewish doctor in North American colonies, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland
  • 1659 Pierre Corneille's "Oedipe" premieres in Paris

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1679 King Charles II disbands English parliament

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1722 Tsar Peter the Great begins civil system

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • 1722 Edward Wigglesworth appointed 1st north American divinity professor (Harvard)
  • 1742 German leaders elect Charles VII Albert Emperor
  • 1764 Gov Winthrop Telescope is destroyed in a Harvard fire
  • 1776 Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga.

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1839 Charles Darwin elected Fellow of the Royal Society

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1847 1,500 New Mexican Indians & Mexicans defeated by US Col Price
  • 1848 James Marshall finds gold in Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California
  • 1857 The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first full-fledged university in south Asia.
  • 1859 Political union of Moldavia and Wallachia; Alexandru Ioan Cuza is elected as ruler.
  • 1861 Arsenal at Augusta, Georgia, seized by Confederacy
  • 1861 Federal troops from Ft Monroe are sent to Ft Pikens
  • 1862 Romanian principality arises under King Alexander Cuza. Bucharest proclaimed its capital.
  • 1874 Gen J van Swieten conquerors Kraton Atjeh, after thousands die
  • 1874 Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov" premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1875 Camille Saint-Saëns' "Danse Macabre" premieres
  • 1878 Revolutionary Vera Zasulich shoots at Fyodor Trepov, Governor of Saint Petersburg.
  • 1892 Battle of Mengo, Uganda: French missionaries attack British missionaries
  • 1899 Belgium government of Vandenpeereboom forms
  • 1899 Rubber heel patented by Humphrey O'Sullivan
  • 1900 Battle of Tugela-Spionkop, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • 1900 Newcastle Badminton Club, world's oldest, forms in England
  • 1901 1st games played in baseball's American League
  • 1901 Emily Hobhouse views the British administrated concentration camp at Bloemfontein for women and children
  • 1901 Denmark and the US sign a treaty under which Denmark will sell the Danish West Indies to the USA for $5 million, but the sale will be postponed until 1917
  • 1908 Gen Baden-Powell starts Boy Scouts

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1913 Franz Kafka stops working on "Amerika"; it will never be finished

Writer Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka
  • 1914 Opera "Madeleine" premieres in NYC
  • 1915 German-British sea battle at Dogger Bank & Helgoland
  • 1916 The Military Service Bill, calling for conscription of men for war services, passes in the British House of Commons
  • 1920 12th Australasian Championships: Algernon Kingscote beats Eric Pockley (6-4, 6-0, 6-3)
  • 1922 -54°F (-48°C), Danbury, Wisconsin (state record)
  • 1922 Eskimo Pie patented by Christian K Nelson of Iowa (not an Eskimo)
  • 1922 Lehman Caves National Monument established
  • 1923 Aztec Ruins National Monument, NM established

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1924 Benito Mussolini disallows non-fascists work union

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1924 Russian city of St Petersburg renamed Leningrad; it was changed back in 1991
  • 1925 Moving picture of a solar eclipse taken from dirigible over Long Island
  • 1925 Sandler follows Branting as premier of Sweden

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1927 Alfred Hitchcock releases his first film as director - The Pleasure Garden, in England.

  • 1930 J E Mills scores 117 on Test Cricket debut, NZ v England, Wellington
  • 1930 Stewie Dempster scores New Zealand's 1st Test century
  • 1933 Noel Coward's "Design for Living" premieres in NYC
  • 1935 1st canned beer, "Kruger Cream Ale," is sold by American company Kruger Brewing Co.
  • 1936 Benny Goodman & orchestra record "Stompin' at the Savoy" on Victor Records
  • 1936 Albert Sarraut becomes Prime Minister of France
  • 1939 30,000 killed by earthquake in Concepcion Chile

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1939 Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler & George Sisler elected to Hall of Fame

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1939 Spanish government moves to Figueras
  • 1941 British troops march into Abyssinia
  • 1942 Musical "Star & Garter" premieres in NYC

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1943 Adolf Hitler orders German troops at Stalingrad to fight to the death

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1943 Jewish patients/nurses/doctors incinerated at Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • 1944 Allied troops occupy Nettuno Italy
  • 1945 Scottish 52nd Lowland division occupies Heinsberg
  • 1947 NFL adds 5th official (back judge) & allows sudden death in playoffs
  • 1948 "Music in My Heart" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 124 performances

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1948 Australia all out 674 v India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1948 Dutch Liberal Party forms-People's party for Freedom & Democracy (VVD)

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1950 Jackie Robinson signs highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1951 Dutch government Drees-van Schaik resigns
  • 1952 1st NFL team in Texas, Dallas Texans formerly NY Yanks
  • 1952 Fire in main building of French Port Martin Antarctic base

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1952 Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada.

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • 1954 BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Don Carter
  • 1954 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
  • 1956 96.5 cm precipitation at Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record)
  • 1956 An inquiry considers building homes in a war devastated area in London
  • 1956 6th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 108-94 at Rochester, New York
  • 1958 After warming to 100,000,000 degrees, 2 light atoms are bashed together to create a heavier atom, resulting in 1st man-made nuclear fusion
  • 1959 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at John Golden NYC after 38 performances
  • 1959 Dmitri Shostakovitch's comedy "Cheryomushk" premieres in Moscow
  • 1959 WHCT TV channel 18 in Hartford, CT (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 Algeria uprises against French president De Gaulle

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1961 Edward Albee's "American Dream" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Edward Albee
  • 1961 Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68
  • 1962 28 refugees escape from East to West Germany
  • 1962 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles
  • 1962 Jackie Robinson is 1st African American elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. Bob Feller is also elected.
  • 1962 Mickey Wright/Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Naples Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • 1963 Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champion
  • 1964 CBS purchases 1964 & 1965 NFL TV rights for $28.2 million
  • 1964 Martin Kresses final comic strip of Eric the Viking
  • 1964 24th Amendment to US Constitution goes into effect & states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes
  • 1966 WDIO TV channel 10 in Duluth, MN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 117 passengers are killed after an Air India Boeing-707 plane crashes into Mont Blanc, France
  • 1969 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands appointed honorary citizen of Addis Ababa

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1969 Spanish dictator General Franco announces state of emergency

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 1969 Deputy Prime Minister Brian Faulkner resigns from the Northern Ireland cabinet in protest at the lack of 'strong government' on the part of PM Terence O'Neill
  • 1969 Students protest the erection of steel gates around the London School of Economics
  • 1970 3rd ABA All-Star Game: West 128 beats East 98 at Indiana
  • 1970 Valeri Muratov skates world record 500m (38.99 sec)
  • 1971 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-6
  • 1972 WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1972 Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.
  • 1973 Warren Spahn is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1974 10th British Commonwealth Games open in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1975 "Hot l Baltimore" situation comedy premieres on ABC TV
  • 1975 Fastest Earth-bound object, 7200 kph, in vacuum centrifuge, England
  • 1976 Cleveland Cavaliers biggest margin victory-43 pts (beat Milwaukee 132-89)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1976 George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round of a real slugfest

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1976 33rd Golden Globes: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Jack Nicholson, & Louise Fletcher win

  • 1977 Massacre of Atocha in Madrid: five labor lawyers murdered by fascists in Madridvduring the Spanish transition to democracy
  • 1978 31st NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 3-2 (OT) at Buffalo
  • 1978 Carter Executive Order on Intelligence (# 12036)
  • 1979 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1981 Islanders scored 5 power play goals against Nordiques
  • 1981 Kim Hughes scores 213 v India at Adelaide

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1982 Super Bowl XVI: SF 49ers beat Cin Bengals, 26-21 in Pontiac Michigan, MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

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1983 Hulk Hogan pins Iron Sheik for World Wrestling Federation title

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 1984 Apple Computer Inc unveils its revolutionary Macintosh personal computer
  • 1985 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 is launched

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1986 43rd Golden Globes: Out of Africa, Jon Voight, & Whoopi Goldberg win

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1986 NY Islander Mike Bossy scores his 1,000th point

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1986 South Yemen Premier Haydar Bakr al-Attas becomes interim-president
  • 1986 Voyager 2 makes 1st fly-by of Uranus (81,593 km), finds new moons
  • 1986 Leon Brittan, Trade and Industry Secretary under Thatcher is 2nd cabinet minister to resign after 'Westland affair'
  • 1988 1st WWF Royal Rumble - Jim Duggan wins
  • 1988 9th ACE Cable Awards: Discovery Channel wins the Golden CableACE for "Russia: Live From the Inside"
  • 1988 Australia beat New Zealand 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1988 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $21 million
  • 1988 NBC premiere of fact based "The Murder of Mary Phagan"

Sport awardTennis Open

1988 76th Men's Australian Open: Mats Wilander beats Pat Cash (6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6)

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash

Sport awardTennis Open

1988 76th Women's Australian Open: Steffi Graf beats Chris Evert (6-1, 7-6)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1988 4th Sundance Film Festival: "Heat and Sunlight" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 1989 1st reported case of AIDS transmitted by heterosexual oral sex
  • 1990 Japanese MUSES-A (Hiten) launched towards moon
  • 1990 14th Commonwealth Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre St Denis, Montreal
  • 1993 14th annual star-athon $24,000,000
  • 1993 Polish ferry boat John Heweliusz sinks, 52 killed
  • 1993 Soyuz TM-16 launches
  • 1993 US men's Figure Skating championship won by Scott Davis
  • 1993 Turkish journalist and writer Uğur Mumcu is assassinated by a car bomb in Ankara.
  • 1994 Dow Jones closes above 3,900 for 1st time (3,914.48)
  • 1999 49th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-6 at Tampa, Florida

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1999 56th Golden Globes: Saving Private Ryan, Jim Carrey, & Cate Blanchett win

  • 2001 Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson resigns
  • 2003 The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2006 After losing the federal election to Stephen Harper, Paul Martin resigns as leader of the Liberal party

21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
Paul Martin
22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • 2007 55th NHL All-Star Game: West beats East 12-9 at Dallas, Texas

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2009 Pope Benedict XVI rescinds the excommunications of four bishops consecrated without papal consent in 1988 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 2010 AFC Championship Game: Indianapolis Colts beat New York Jets 30-17
  • 2010 NFC Championship Game: New Orleans Saints beat Minnesota Vikings 31-28 (OT)
  • 2011 At least 35 died and 180 injured in a bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport.
  • 2013 17 people are killed and 34 are injured in a bus crash in Taperas, Bolivia
  • 2013 A Japanese Coast guard ship engages a Taiwanese activist ship in the Senkaku Islands dispute
  • 2013 Russian police kill 13 rebels in Vedeno District, Chechnya
  • 2015 Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson scores the most NBA points in a quarter with 37 & the most 3-pointers in a quarter with 9
  • 2016 TV drama "The X-Files" returns after 13 years, reuniting lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and produced again by Chris Carter