24 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Roman Emperor Hadrian, AD 76
  • William Congreve, 1670
  • Frederick II (the Great), 1712
  • Pierre Augustin Beaumarchais, 1732
  • King Gustav III Sweden, 1746
  • Edith Wharton, 1862
  • Estelle Winwood, 1883
  • Vicki Baum, 1888
  • Robert Motherwell, 1915
  • Mark Goodson, 1915
  • Ernest Borgnine, 1917
  • Oral Roberts, 1918
  • Maria Tallchief, 1925
  • Desmond Morris, 1928
  • Neil Diamond, 1944
  • Michael Ontkean, 1946
  • Warren Zevon, 1947
  • John Belushi, 1949
  • Yakov Smirnoff, 1951
  • Jools Holland, 1958
  • Nastassja Kinski, 1960
  • Mary Lou Retton, 1968

Died On This Day:

  • Emperor Caligula assassinated, AD 41
  • Pope Stephen III, AD 772
  • Pope Stephen IV, AD 817
  • Lord Randolph Churchill, 1895
  • Winston Churchill, 1965
  • Saint John Ervine, 1971
  • George Cukor, 1983
  • L. Ron Hubbard, 1986
  • Gordon MacRae, 1991
  • Thurgood Marshall, 1993
  • Craig Claiborne, 2000
  • Marvin Minsky, 2016

Today's Events:

  • AD 41 - Claudius I, becomes Roman Emperor following murder of Caligula.
  • 1236 - Henry III marries Eleanor of Provence.
  • 1536 - King Henry VIII knocked from horse at full gallop by opponent and was unconscious for two hours; historians claim this made him fat and murderous and caused Anne Boleyn's miscarriage.
  • 1616 - Cape Horn first rounded by Dutch navigator Willem Schouten; named Cape after his home town Hoorn.
  • 1848 - Gold discovered at Sutter's Mill, CA by James Wilson Marshall starting Calif. gold rush.
  • 1883 - Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association acquires US rights to bottle and sell Budweiser style beer.
  • 1908 - First Boy Scout Troup founded in Britain by Lord Robert Baden-Powell.
  • 1922 - Patent received by Christian K. Nelson of Onawa, Iowa for the Eskimo Pie ice cream bar.
  • 1924 - St. Petersburg in Russia renamed Leningrad.
  • 1935 - First beer in cans goes on sale in Richmond, VA.
  • 1937 - 'Black Sunday' in Ohio-Mississippi Valley as flood causes martial law, national emergency.
  • 1946 - U.S. Army Signal Corps first bounce radar off the moon.
  • 1972 - Japanese soldier, Shoichi Yokoi, discovered on Guam jungle believing WWII was still being fought.
  • 1984 - Macintosh computer launched by Steven Jobs at Apple Computer's annual stockholder's meeting.
  • 1986 - First photographs from space of Planet Uranus taken from Voyager 2 reveals 15 moons 11 rings.
  • 1999 - First successful hand transplant performed in Louisville KY on Matthew David Scott from NJ.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Timothy

Holiday:

  • Economic Liberation Day celebrated in Togo

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • YÜAN TAN. Chinese New Year's Day. Based on lunar calendar - starts sunset on day of 2nd New Moon.
  • CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 15th day of first month of lunar calendar marks end of Chinese New Year.
  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 3rd Monday in January
  • ADULTS DAY in Japan - second Monday in January - 'Seijin no hi'
  • SNOW FESTIVAL - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God
  • VASANT PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of Spring and of Saraswati, Goddess of Learning (end of January)
  • PONGAL AND MAKARA SANKRANTI, mid-January, Harvest festival celebrated in Southern India and Singapore
  • LAILAT AL MIRAJ Muslim Festival celebrating ascent of Muhammad into Heaven
  • JAPANESE NEW YEAR - 3 day festival
  • LOHRI, the Hindu Bonfire Festival, celebrated early January

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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