January 24 Events in History - January 24 Birthdays - January 24 Deaths
2015 Officials at the World Health Organization state that the number of new Ebola cases is rapidly declining, signaling a reversal of the epidemic; however, preventive measures and safety protocols are still needed in Ebola-infected nations
2014 Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the Apple Macintosh; the computer had a 9-inch monochrome display, 128 KB of memory and a 3.5" slot for a floppy disk
2014 Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Opportunity rover landing on Mars; NASA announces the rover has discovered clay minerals indicating water flowed on Mars early in the planet's history
2013 In a major effort to reduce dependency on Russian gas imports, the government of Ukraine signs a $10 billion shale gas deal with Royal Dutch Shell
2013 European Bioinformatics Institute scientists have successfully stored audio and text on fragments of DNA, and retrieved them with 99.99% accuracy - the first time in history DNA has been used for data storage
2012 The 2012 State of the Union Address is delivered by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Congress
2012 Apple, Inc. reports over 37 million iPhones and over 15 million iPads were sold during the 2011 fourth quarter; the company generated over $127 billion in revenue
2011 In Canada's Arctic regions, scientists study an outbreak of avian cholera responsible for killing thousands of eider ducks
2011 Lara Giddings becomes the first female Premier of the Australian state of Tasmania
1994 Dow Jones closes above 3,900 for 1st time (3,914.48)
1993 14th annual star-athon $24,000,000
1993 Polish ferry boat John Heweliusz sinks, 52 killed
1993 Soyuz TM-16 launches
1993 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Davis
1991 "Les Miserables," opens at Theatre St. Denis, Montreal
1990 Japanese MUSES-A (Hiten) launched towards moon
1989 1st reported case of AIDS transmitted by heterosexual oral sex
1988 1st WWF Royal Rumble - Jim Duggan wins
1988 76th Australian Mens Tennis: M Wilander beats P Cash (63 67 36 61 86)
1988 9th ACE Cable Awards
1988 Australia beat New Zealand 2-0 to win the World Series Cup
1988 Cerebral Palsy telethon
1987 61st Australian Womens Tennis: H Mandlikova beat M Navratilova (75 76)
1986 43th Golden Globes: Whoopi Goldberg, Color Purple win
1986 New York Islander Mike Bossy scores his 1,000th point
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
1985 15th Space Shuttle (51-C) Mission-Discovery 3 is launched
1984 Apple Computer unveils its Macintosh personal computer
1983 Hulk Hogan pins Iron Sheik for World Wrestling Federation title
1982 Superbowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, quarterback
1982 Superbowl XVI: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21 in Pontiac, Michigan
1981 Islanders scored 5 power play goals against Nordiques
1981 Kim Hughes scores 213 vs. India at Adelaide
1979 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1978 31st NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 3-2 (OT) at Buffalo
1978 Carter Executive Order on Intelligence
1977 5 lawyers murdered by fascist in Madrid
1976 Cleveland Cavaliers biggest margin victory-43 pts (beat Milwaukee 132-89)
1976 George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round of a real slugfest
1975 "Hot l Baltimore" situation comedy premieres on ABC TV
1975 Fastest Earth-bound object, 7200 kph, in vacuum centrifuge, England
1973 Warren Spahn is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1972 WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, Tennessee (IND) 1st broadcast
1971 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-6
1970 3rd ABA All-Star Game: West 128 beats East 98 at Indiana
1970 Valeri Muratov skates world record 500m (38.99 sec)
1969 Queen Juliana appointed honorary citizen of Addis Ababa
1969 Spanish General Franco announces state of emergency
1966 WDIO TV channel 10 in Duluth, MN (ABC) begins broadcasting
1964 CBS purchases 1964 and 1965 NFL TV rights for $28.2 million
1964 Martin Kresses final comic strip of Eric the Viking
1964 24th Amendment to U.S. Constitution goes into effect and states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes
1963 Buddy Rogers and Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ and Thesz becomes NWA champ
1962 28 refugees escape from East to West Germany
1962 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles
1962 Jackie Robinson is 1st Black elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1962 Mickey Wright/Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Naples Pro-Am Golf Tournament
1961 Edward Albee's "American Dream," premieres in New York City
1961 Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68
1960 Algeria uprises against French president De Gaulle
1959 "Party with Comden and Green" closes at John Golden New York City after 38 performances
1959 Dmitri Shostakovich's comedy "Cheryomushk," premieres in Moscow
1959 WHCT TV channel 18 in Hartford, CT (IND) begins broadcasting
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
1956 96.5 cm precipitation at Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record)
1954 BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Don Carter
1954 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
1952 1st NFL team in Texas, Dallas Texans formerly New York Yankees
1952 Fire in main building of French Port Martin Antarctic base
1951 Dutch government Drees-van Schaik resigns
1950 Jackie Robinson signs highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history
1948 "Music in My Heart" closes at Adelphi Theater New York City after 124 performances
1948 Australia all out 674 vs. India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*)
1948 Dutch Liberal Party forms-People's party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD)
1947 NFL adds 5th official (back judge) and allows sudden death in playoffs
1945 Scottish 52nd Lowland division occupies Heinsberg
1944 Allied troops occupy Nettuno Italy
1943 Hitler orders nazi troops at Stalingrad to fight to death
1943 Jewish patients/nurses/doctors incinerated at Auschwitz-Birkenau
1942 Musical "Star and Garter," premieres in New York City
1941 British troops march into Abyssinia
1939 30,000 killed by earthquake in Concepcion Chile
1939 Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler and George Sisler elected to Hall of Fame
1939 Spanish government moves to Figueras
1936 Benny Goodman and orchestra record "Stompin' at the Savoy" on Victor Records
1935 1st canned beer, "Krueger Cream Ale," is sold by Kruger Brewing Co
1933 Noel Coward's "Design for Living," premieres in New York City
1930 J E Mills scores 117 on Test Cricket debut, New Zealand vs. England, Wellington
1930 Stewie Dempster scores New Zealand's 1st Test century
1925 Moving picture of a solar eclipse taken from dirigible over Long Island
1925 Sandler follows Branting as premier of Sweden
1924 Mussolini disallows non-fascists work union
1924 Russian city of St. Petersburg renamed Leningrad
1923 Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico established
1922 -54 degrees F (-48 degrees C), Danbury, Wisconsin (state record)
1922 Eskimo Pie patented by Christian K Nelson of Iowa (not an Eskimo)
1922 Lehman Caves National Monument established
1915 German-British sea battle at Doggersbank and Helgoland
1914 Opera "Madeleine," premieres in New York City
1913 Franz Kafka stops working on "Amerika"; it will never be finished
1908 General Baden-Powell starts Boy-Scouts
1902 Denmark sells Virgin Islands to USA
1901 1st games played in baseball's American League
1901 Emily Hobhouse view lord Kitcheners concentration camp at Bloemfontein
1900 Battle at Tugela-Spionkop, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
1900 Newcastle Badminton Club, world's oldest, forms in England
1899 Belgium government of Vandenpeereboom forms
1899 Rubber heel patented by Humphrey O'Sullivan
1892 Battle at Mengo, Uganda: French missionaries attack British missionaries
1875 Camille Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre," premieres
1874 General J van Swieten conquerors Kraton Atjeh, after 1000's die
1874 Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov," premieres in St. Petersburg
1862 Romania principality arises under King Alexander Cuza
1861 Arsenal at Augusta, Georgia seized by Confederacy
1848 James Marshall finds gold in Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California
1847 1,500 New Mexican Indians and Mexicans defeated by U.S. Col Price
1839 Charles Darwin elected member of Royal Society
1764 Winthrop Telescope, is destroyed in a Harvard fire
1742 German leaders elect Charles VII Albert Emperor
1722 Czar Peter the Great begins civil system
1722 Edward Wigglesworth appointed 1st U.S. divinity professor (Harvard)
1679 King Charles II disbands English parliament
1659 Pierre Corneille's "Oedipe," premieres in Paris
1656 1st Jewish doctor in U.S., Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland
1652 Duke of Orleans joins Fronde rebels
1644 Battle at Nantwich Cheshire: Parliamentary armies win
1639 Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders
1634 Emperor Ferdinand II declares Albrecht von Wallenstein a traitor
1616 Jacques Le Maire discovers Street Lemaire/Cape Receiver
1613 Amsterdams merchant Hans Bontemantel baptized
1568 Abdij Church in Middelburg destroyed by fire
1568 In Netherlands, Duke of Alva declares William of Orange an outlaw
1556 Heavy earthquake strikes Shaaxi China, kills 830,000
1534 Francois I signs classified treaty with evangelical German monarchy
1458 Matthias I Corvinus chosen king of Hungary
1328 King Edward III of England marries Philippa of Henegouwen
1118 Giovanni Caetani elected Pope Gelasius II
1076 Synod of Worms: German King Henry IV fires Pope Gregory VII
817 St. Paschal I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Stephen IV
772 Stephen III ends his reign as Catholic Pope