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24th of January 0041 EVENT Gaius Caesar (Caligula), known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, is assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards. Claudius succeeds his nephew.
24th of January 1438 EVENT The Council of Basel suspends Pope Eugene IV as Prelate of Ethiopia, arrives at Massawa from Goa.
24th of January 1679 EVENT King Charles II of England dissolves the Cavalier Parliament.
24th of January 1742 EVENT Charles VII Albert becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
24th of January 1848 EVENT California Gold Rush: James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill near Sacramento.
24th of January 1857 EVENT The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first fully-fledged university in south Asia.
24th of January 1859 EVENT Political union of Moldavia and Wallachia; Alexandru Ioan Cuza is elected as ruler.
24th of January 1862 EVENT Bucharest is proclaimed capital of Romania.
24th of January 1878 EVENT The revolutionary Vera Zasulich shoots at Fyodor Trepov, the Governor of Saint Petersburg.
24th of January 1916 EVENT In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad, the Supreme Court of the United States declares the federal income tax constitutional.
24th of January 1918 EVENT The Gregorian calendar is introduced in Russia by decree of the Council of People's Commissars effective February 14(NS)
24th of January 1939 EVENT The deadliest earthquake in Chilean history strikes Chillan.
24th of January 1942 EVENT World War II: The Allies bombard Bangkok, leading Thailand to declare war against the United States and United Kingdom .
24th of January 1943 EVENT World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill conclude a conference in Casablanca.
24th of January 1947 EVENT Greek banker Dimitrios Maximos becomes Prime Minister of Greece.
24th of January 1960 EVENT 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.
24th of January 1961 EVENT 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.
24th of January 1966 EVENT An Air India Boeing 707 jet crashes on Mont Blanc, on the border between France and Italy, killing 117.
24th of January 1972 EVENT Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.
24th of January 1977 EVENT Massacre of Atocha in Madrid, during the Spanish transition to democracy.
24th of January 1978 EVENT Soviet satellite Cosmos 954, with a nuclear reactor onboard, burns up in Earth's atmosphere, scattering radioactive debris over Canada's Northwest Territories. Only 1% is recovered.
24th of January 1984 EVENT The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale.
24th of January 1986 EVENT Voyager 2 passes within 81,500 kilometres (50,600 mi) of Uranus.
24th of January 1990 EVENT 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 Soviet Union or the United States.
24th of January 1993 EVENT Turkish journalist and writer Ugur Mumcu is assassinated by a car bomb in Ankara.
24th of January 1996 EVENT Polish Premier Jozef Oleksy resigns amid charges that he spied for Moscow.
24th of January 2003 EVENT The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.
24th of January 2009 EVENT The storm Klaus makes landfall near Bordeaux, France. It subsequently would cause 26 deaths as well as extensive disruptions to public transport and power supplies.
24th of January 2011 EVENT At least 35 died and 180 injured in a bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport.
24th of January 0076 BIRTHDAY Hadrian, Roman Emperor (d. 138)
24th of January 1287 BIRTHDAY Richard Aungerville, English bishop (d. 1345)
24th of January 1444 BIRTHDAY Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan (d. 1476)
24th of January 1540 BIRTHDAY Edmund Campion, English Jesuit (d. 1581)
24th of January 1638 BIRTHDAY Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet (d. 1706)
24th of January 1670 BIRTHDAY William Congreve, English playwright (d. 1729)
24th of January 1674 BIRTHDAY Thomas Tanner, English bishop (d. 1735)
24th of January 1679 BIRTHDAY Christian Wolff, German philosopher (d. 1754)
24th of January 1705 BIRTHDAY Farinelli, Italian castrato (d. 1782)
24th of January 1712 BIRTHDAY King Frederick II of Prussia (d. 1786)
24th of January 1724 BIRTHDAY Frances Brooke, English writer (d. 1789)
24th of January 1732 BIRTHDAY Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, French playwright (d. 1799)
24th of January 1742 BIRTHDAY Anne, Duchess of Cumberland and Strathearn (d. 1808)
24th of January 1746 BIRTHDAY King Gustav III of Sweden (d. 1792)
24th of January 1752 BIRTHDAY Muzio Clementi, Italian composer (d. 1832)
24th of January 1754 BIRTHDAY Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (d. 1820)
24th of January 1763 BIRTHDAY Louis Alexandre Andrault de Langeron, Russian general (d. 1831)
24th of January 1776 BIRTHDAY E.T.A. Hoffmann, German writer (d. 1822)
24th of January 1779 BIRTHDAY Tsarina Elizabeth Alexeievna (d. 1826)
24th of January 1848 BIRTHDAY Vasily Surikov, Russian painter (d. 1916)
24th of January 1862 BIRTHDAY Edith Wharton, American writer (d. 1937)
24th of January 1864 BIRTHDAY Marguerite Durand, French suffragette (d. 1936)
24th of January 1872 BIRTHDAY Konstantin Bogaevsky, Russian painter (d. 1943)
24th of January 1872 BIRTHDAY Ethel Turner, Australian author (d. 1958)
24th of January 1886 BIRTHDAY Henry King, American film director (d. 1982)
24th of January 1888 BIRTHDAY Ernst Heinkel, German aircraft designer (d. 1958)
24th of January 1888 BIRTHDAY Vicki Baum, Austrian writer (d. 1960)
24th of January 1891 BIRTHDAY Walter Model, German field marshal (d. 1945)
24th of January 1895 BIRTHDAY Eugen Roth, German writer (d. 1976)
24th of January 1898 BIRTHDAY Cliff Heathcote, American baseball player (d. 1939)
24th of January 1900 BIRTHDAY Theodosius Dobzhansky, Ukrainian-born American geneticist and biologist (d. 1975)
24th of January 1901 BIRTHDAY Edward Turner, English motorcycle designer (d. 1973)
24th of January 1901 BIRTHDAY Harry Calder, South African cricketer (d. 1995)
24th of January 1902 BIRTHDAY E. A. Speiser, American biblical scholar (d. 1965)
24th of January 1905 BIRTHDAY J. Howard Marshall, American billionaire (d. 1995)
24th of January 1907 BIRTHDAY Maurice Couve de Murville, French politician (d. 1999)
24th of January 1909 BIRTHDAY Martin Lings, English Islamic scholar (d. 2005)
24th of January 1909 BIRTHDAY Ann Todd, English actress (d. 1993)
24th of January 1910 BIRTHDAY Doris Haddock, American political activist (d. 2010)
24th of January 1913 BIRTHDAY Norman Dello Joio, American composer (d. 2008)
24th of January 1915 BIRTHDAY Robert Motherwell, American painter (d. 1991)
24th of January 1916 BIRTHDAY Jack Brickhouse, American sports broadcaster (d. 1998)
24th of January 1916 BIRTHDAY Arnoldo Foa, Italian actor
24th of January 1916 BIRTHDAY Rafael Caldera, President of Venezuela (d. 2009)
24th of January 1917 BIRTHDAY Ernest Borgnine, American actor
24th of January 1918 BIRTHDAY Oral Roberts, American evangelist (d. 2009)
24th of January 1919 BIRTHDAY Coleman Francis, American film director (d. 1973)
24th of January 1920 BIRTHDAY Jerry Maren, American actor
24th of January 1922 BIRTHDAY Charles Socarides, American psychiatrist (d. 2005)
24th of January 1925 BIRTHDAY Maria Tallchief, American ballerina
24th of January 1926 BIRTHDAY Georges Lautner, French director and screenwriter
24th of January 1927 BIRTHDAY Sir Patrick Macnaghten, 11th Baronet, British aristocrat (d. 2007)
24th of January 1928 BIRTHDAY Michel Serrault, French actor (d. 2007)
24th of January 1928 BIRTHDAY Desmond Morris, British anthropologist
24th of January 1930 BIRTHDAY Bernard Matthews, British poultry industry figure (d. 2010)
24th of January 1934 BIRTHDAY Stanis?aw Grochowiak, Polish poet (d. 1976)
24th of January 1935 BIRTHDAY Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (d. 2008)
24th of January 1936 BIRTHDAY Doug Kershaw, American musician
24th of January 1939 BIRTHDAY Ray Stevens, American musician
24th of January 1941 BIRTHDAY Neil Diamond, American singer
24th of January 1941 BIRTHDAY Aaron Neville, American singer
24th of January 1942 BIRTHDAY Gary Hart, American professional wrestling figure (d. 2008)
24th of January 1943 BIRTHDAY Subhash Ghai, Indian film director
24th of January 1943 BIRTHDAY Sharon Tate, American actress and Manson murder victim (d. 1969)
24th of January 1943 BIRTHDAY Peter Struck, German politician
24th of January 1944 BIRTHDAY Klaus Nomi, German singer (d. 1983)
24th of January 1945 BIRTHDAY D. Todd Christofferson, American religious figure
24th of January 1945 BIRTHDAY John Garamendi, American politician
24th of January 1946 BIRTHDAY Haji, Canadian actress
24th of January 1946 BIRTHDAY Michael Ontkean, Canadian actor
24th of January 1947 BIRTHDAY Masashi Ozaki, Japanese golfer
24th of January 1947 BIRTHDAY Michio Kaku, Japanese-born American theoretical physicist
24th of January 1947 BIRTHDAY Warren Zevon, American musician (d. 2003)
24th of January 1948 BIRTHDAY Michael Des Barres, British actor and rock singer
24th of January 1949 BIRTHDAY John Belushi, American actor (d. 1982)
24th of January 1950 BIRTHDAY Gennifer Flowers, American actress, political figure
24th of January 1950 BIRTHDAY Daniel Auteuil, French actor
24th of January 1950 BIRTHDAY Benjamin Urrutia, Ecuadorian-born American writer
24th of January 1951 BIRTHDAY Yakov Smirnoff, Ukrainian-born American comedian
24th of January 1954 BIRTHDAY Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver (d. 1986)
24th of January 1955 BIRTHDAY Jim Montgomery, American swimmer
24th of January 1956 BIRTHDAY Hanne Krogh, Norwegian singer (Bobbysocks)
24th of January 1956 BIRTHDAY Lounes Matoub, Algerian Berber Kabyle singer (d. 1998)
24th of January 1957 BIRTHDAY Mark Eaton, American basketball player
24th of January 1957 BIRTHDAY Adrian Edmondson, English comedian
24th of January 1958 BIRTHDAY Neil Allen, American baseball player
24th of January 1958 BIRTHDAY Jools Holland, English musician
24th of January 1959 BIRTHDAY David Mills, American author
24th of January 1959 BIRTHDAY Vic Reeves, English comedian
24th of January 1960 BIRTHDAY Rick Leventhal, American television news correspondent
24th of January 1960 BIRTHDAY Jack Neo, Singaporean filmmaker & actor
24th of January 1961 BIRTHDAY Guido Buchwald, German football player
24th of January 1961 BIRTHDAY Nastassja Kinski, German-born actress
24th of January 1961 BIRTHDAY Vince Russo, American writer
24th of January 1961 BIRTHDAY William Van Dijck, Belgian athlete
24th of January 1962 BIRTHDAY Argiris Kambouris, Greek basketball player
24th of January 1963 BIRTHDAY Martyn Grimley, English field hockey player
24th of January 1963 BIRTHDAY Arnold Vanderlyde, Dutch boxer
24th of January 1965 BIRTHDAY Mike Awesome, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
24th of January 1965 BIRTHDAY Carlos Saldanha, Brazilian film director
24th of January 1966 BIRTHDAY Jimeoin, Northern Irish comedian
24th of January 1967 BIRTHDAY Mark Kozelek, American singer/songwriter (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon)
24th of January 1967 BIRTHDAY John Myung, American musician (Dream Theater)
24th of January 1967 BIRTHDAY Phil LaMarr, American actor,comedian,and voice actor
24th of January 1968 BIRTHDAY Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast
24th of January 1968 BIRTHDAY Michael Kiske, German musician
24th of January 1969 BIRTHDAY Hilmir Snaer Gu?nason, Icelandic actor
24th of January 1970 BIRTHDAY Matthew Lillard, American actor
24th of January 1971 BIRTHDAY Andrea Mackris, American television producer
24th of January 1971 BIRTHDAY Cory Bailey, American baseball player
24th of January 1972 BIRTHDAY Naoshi Mizuta, Japanese composer
24th of January 1972 BIRTHDAY Ulla Werbrouck, Belgian judoka and politician
24th of January 1972 BIRTHDAY Daan Schuurmans, Dutch actor
24th of January 1974 BIRTHDAY Adam Dean, American philosopher
24th of January 1974 BIRTHDAY Ed Helms, American actor
24th of January 1975 BIRTHDAY Ronald Gomez, Costa Rican footballer
24th of January 1975 BIRTHDAY Isobel Cooper, English singer
24th of January 1976 BIRTHDAY Shae-Lynn Bourne, Canadian ice dancer
24th of January 1976 BIRTHDAY Cindy Pieters, Belgian cyclist
24th of January 1977 BIRTHDAY Kensuke Kita, Japanese guitarist (Asian Kung-Fu Generation)
24th of January 1979 BIRTHDAY Tatyana Ali, American actress and singer
24th of January 1979 BIRTHDAY Leandro Desabato, Argentine footballer
24th of January 1979 BIRTHDAY Tom Kostopoulos, Canadian ice hockey player
24th of January 1980 BIRTHDAY Nicole Marie Lenz, American actress
24th of January 1980 BIRTHDAY Rocky Boiman, American football player
24th of January 1981 BIRTHDAY Travis Hanson, American baseball player
24th of January 1981 BIRTHDAY Michael Wolf, German ice hockey player
24th of January 1982 BIRTHDAY Fiona Xie, Singaporean actress
24th of January 1983 BIRTHDAY Diane Birch, American singer/songwriter/pianist
24th of January 1983 BIRTHDAY Scott Speed, American race car driver
24th of January 1983 BIRTHDAY Shaun Maloney, Scottish footballer
24th of January 1983 BIRTHDAY Wyatt Crockett, New Zealand rugby player
24th of January 1984 BIRTHDAY Scott Kazmir, American baseball player
24th of January 1984 BIRTHDAY Witold Kie?tyka, Polish drummer (Decapitated) (d. 2007)
24th of January 1984 BIRTHDAY Paulo Sergio, Portuguese footballer
24th of January 1986 BIRTHDAY Mischa Barton, English-born American actress
24th of January 1986 BIRTHDAY Raviv Ullman, Israeli-born American actor
24th of January 1987 BIRTHDAY Luis Suarez, Uruguayan footballer
24th of January 1988 BIRTHDAY Jade Ewen, English singer
24th of January 1989 BIRTHDAY Calvin Goldspink, English singer/actor (S Club 8 , S Club Juniors , I Dream)
24th of January 1990 BIRTHDAY Mao Abe, Japanese singer-songwriter
24th of January 1995 BIRTHDAY Callan McAuliffe, Australian actor
24th of January 0041 DEATH Caligula, Emperor of Rome (Born 12)
24th of January 0772 DEATH Pope Stephen III (Born 720)
24th of January 1002 DEATH Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor (Born 980)
24th of January 1125 DEATH David IV of Georgia (Born 1073)
24th of January 1366 DEATH Alfonso IV of Aragon (Born 1299)
24th of January 1376 DEATH Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel, English military leader
24th of January 1473 DEATH Conrad Paumann, German composer
24th of January 1595 DEATH Ferdinand II of Austria (Born 1529)
24th of January 1626 DEATH Samuel Argall, English adventurer and naval officer (Born 1580)
24th of January 1639 DEATH Georg Jenatsch, Swiss politician (Born 1596)
24th of January 1666 DEATH Johann Andreas Herbst, German composer (Born 1588)
24th of January 1709 DEATH George Rooke, English admiral (Born 1650)
24th of January 1769 DEATH Francois de Chevert, French general (Born 1695)
24th of January 1856 DEATH Rabbi Yechezkel of Kuzmir, Polish Hasidic leader (Born 1775)
24th of January 1877 DEATH Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist (Born 1796)
24th of January 1882 DEATH Levi Boone, Mayor of Chicago (Born 1808)
24th of January 1883 DEATH Friedrich von Flotow, German composer (Born 1812)
24th of January 1895 DEATH Lord Randolph Churchill, British politician (Born 1849)
24th of January 1911 DEATH David Graham Phillips, American journalist and novelist (Born 1867)
24th of January 1918 DEATH George Arthur Crump, Founder of the Pine Valley Golf Club in Clementon NJ (Born 1871)
24th of January 1920 DEATH Amedeo Modigliani, Italian painter and sculptor (Born 1884)
24th of January 1924 DEATH Marie-Adelaide, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (Born 1894)
24th of January 1932 DEATH Alfred Yarrow, English shipbuilder (Born 1842)
24th of January 1936 DEATH Harry T. Morey, American actor (Born 1873)
24th of January 1939 DEATH Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist (Born 1867)
24th of January 1943 DEATH John Burns, English politician (Born 1858)
24th of January 1948 DEATH Maria Mandel, Camp Leader at Auschwitz (Born 1912)
24th of January 1955 DEATH Ira Hayes, American World War II hero (Born 1923)
24th of January 1960 DEATH Arthur Murray Chisholm, author of Western fiction (Born 1872)
24th of January 1960 DEATH Edwin Fischer, Swiss pianist and conductor (Born 1886)
24th of January 1961 DEATH Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American pole vaulter and inventor (Born 1884)
24th of January 1962 DEATH Andre Lhote, French painter (Born 1885)
24th of January 1962 DEATH Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (Born 1877)
24th of January 1965 DEATH Winston Churchill, soldier, politician, historian, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Nobel laureate (Born 1874)
24th of January 1966 DEATH Homi J. Bhabha, Indian physicist (Born 1909)
24th of January 1970 DEATH Caresse Crosby, American poet (Born 1891)
24th of January 1971 DEATH Bill W., American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (Born 1895)
24th of January 1973 DEATH J. Carrol Naish, American actor (Born 1897)
24th of January 1973 DEATH Masao Ohba, world champion Japanese boxer (Born 1949)
24th of January 1975 DEATH Larry Fine, American actor and comedian (Born 1902)
24th of January 1978 DEATH Herta Oberheuser, German doctor (Born 1911)
24th of January 1980 DEATH Lil Dagover, Dutch-born German actress (Born 1887)
24th of January 1982 DEATH Alfredo Ovando Candia, Bolivian president and dictator (Born 1918)
24th of January 1983 DEATH George Cukor, American film director (Born 1899)
24th of January 1986 DEATH L. Ron Hubbard, American writer and founder of Scientology (Born 1911)
24th of January 1986 DEATH Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (Born 1954)
24th of January 1986 DEATH Gordon MacRae, American actor and singer (Born 1921)
24th of January 1988 DEATH Werner Fenchel, German mathematician (Born 1905)
24th of January 1989 DEATH Ted Bundy, American serial killer (Born 1946)
24th of January 1989 DEATH George Knudson, Canadian golfer (Born 1937)
24th of January 1990 DEATH Madge Bellamy, American actress (Born 1899)
24th of January 1991 DEATH John M. Kelly, Irish politician and academic (Born 1931)
24th of January 1992 DEATH Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (Born 1950)
24th of January 1992 DEATH Ken Darby, American composer, arranger and conductor (Born 1909)
24th of January 1993 DEATH Ugur Mumcu, Turkish journalist and writer (Born 1942)
24th of January 1993 DEATH Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (Born 1908)
24th of January 1994 DEATH Yves Navarre, French writer (Born 1940)
24th of January 1998 DEATH Walter D. Edmonds, American author (Born 1903)
24th of January 2000 DEATH Bobby Duncum, Jr., American professional wrestler (Born 1965)
24th of January 2002 DEATH Peter Gzowski, Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter (Born 1934)
24th of January 2002 DEATH Elie Hobeika, Lebanese Forces militia commander (Born 1956)
24th of January 2003 DEATH Gianni Agnelli, Italian auto executive (Born 1921)
24th of January 2004 DEATH Leonidas da Silva, Brazilian footballer (Born 1913)
24th of January 2005 DEATH June Bronhill, Australian singer (Born 1929)
24th of January 2005 DEATH Chalkie White, English rugby union coach (Born 1929)
24th of January 2005 DEATH Vladimir Savchenko, Ukrainian writer (Born 1933)
24th of January 2006 DEATH Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers (Born 1914)
24th of January 2006 DEATH Schafik Handal, Salvadoran politician (Born 1930)
24th of January 2006 DEATH Chris Penn, American actor (Born 1965)
24th of January 2007 DEATH Krystyna Feldman, Polish actress (Born 1916)
24th of January 2007 DEATH Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's oldest military veteran (Born 1891)
24th of January 2007 DEATH Guadalupe Larriva, Ecuadorian politician (Born 1956)
24th of January 2008 DEATH Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (Born 1963)
24th of January 2009 DEATH Kay Yow, North Carolina State Univ. women's basketball head coach (Born 1942)
24th of January 2009 DEATH Gerard Blanc, French singer (Born 1947)
24th of January 2009 DEATH Reg Gutteridge, British boxing journalist (Born 1924)
24th of January 2010 DEATH Pernell Roberts, American actor & singer, last surviving star of Bonanza (Born 1928)
24th of January 2011 DEATH Bernd Eichinger, German film producer and director (Born 1949)
24th of January 2011 DEATH Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian Musician, Bharat Ratna Laureate (Born 1922)