What happened on January 24 News and Events on This Day in History
Major News Stories on 24th January include 8.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Chile, Winston Churchill Dies, Serial Killer Ted Bundy is Executed, O.J. Simpson's Murder Trial Begins, USA Department of Homeland Security Officially Opens
U.S. 1989 USA Ted Bundy
24th January, 1989 : The serial killer Ted Bundy was electrocuted for murdering a 12-year-old girl.
U.S. 1929 U.S.A. Lindberg
24th January, 1929 : Colonial Charles Lindberg had planned to leave on a 3,500-mile flight from Detroit, Michigan. He planned to travel all the way to Cape Horn, which is the southernmost tip of the continent of South America. He would then return to the East Coast.
U.S. 1935 U.S.A. First Canned Beer Sold
24th January, 1935 : The first canned beer goes on sale "Krueger Cream Ale," sold by Krueger Brewing Co. of Richmond, Va.to the general public. Pabst was the second brewer in the same year to sell beer in cans and the cans came with a picture of a can opener on the side, with opening instructions.
Chili 1939 Chile Earthquake
24th January, 1939 : 30,000 people are killed by a magnitude 8.3 devastating earthquake in Chillán , Chile.
U.S. 1956 U.S.A. Look Magazine
24th January, 1956 : Two white men from Mississippi known as J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant admitted to the murder of Emmett Louis Till, A Chicago teen African-American native. A very detailed account of their confessions was printed in Look magazine, for which they were compensated.
UK 1956 England Rebuild Barbican
24th January, 1956: Plans are being submitted and there will be a public enquiry to build thousands of homes including residential tower blocks, offices and shops in one of the worst hit areas of London during the World War II bombing in the Barbican area of central London
1958 Hong Kong US Spies
24th January, 1958: Despite the plees of three American Mothers, Chou En-Lai, the Prime Minister of Red China would not let go of their sons. There was a promise that the government of Red China would be lenient towards each of the mothers’ sons if they “behave” while imprisoned.
The Pleas made by the three American mothers was presented by the Health Minister of Red China and Red Cross president (Mrs. Li The Chaun). The mothers known by the names of Ruth Redman, Jessie Fecleau, and Mary Downy, were soon to return to their respected homes (back to the United States from their visit to Red China).
An outcome was hoped for as soon as possible. Unfortunately, as of this date it had not come yet. The sons were thrown in prison for 20 years to life sentence on charges of spying.
Mexico 1961 Mexico Marilyn Monroe
24th January, 1961 : The divorce of Marilyn Monroe to playwright Arthur Miller is granted in Mexico, where a judge signed the decree. The grounds of divorce were listed as "incompatibility". This was her third divorce 1st from childhood sweetheart Jimmy Dougherty, 2nd from legendary Baseball Star Joe DiMaggio.
UK 1965 Great Britain Churchill
24th January, 1965 : Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, died aged 90 years old he was best known as leading his country through World War II as a great speaker and raising morale of his countrymen.
India 1966 India Plane Crash
24th January, 1966 : An Air India Boeing 707 crashed into Mount Blanc, the highest peak of the Alps with the loss of life for 117 passengers.
U.S. 1968 U.S.A. Mayor
24th January, 1968 : The role of the office of mayor has changed over the years. This change was noted in a feature printed in a local Oklahoma newspaper. It’s not to take away from the importance of a mayor in years past-who was always their on the public scene, smiling, waving, and mingling.
One of the most important honorable tasks given to mayors in times past included the cutting of ribbons at dedication ceremonies. Mayors also used to push for the improvement of roads, as well as the establishment of adequate law enforcement.
The above-mentioned responsibilities were quite important. However, in more recent years mayors of cities also acted as an economist, mediator, and architect. Mayors become officers who have engaged themselves in very important decisions over the years.
UN 1972 U.S.A. UN needs Money
24th January, 1972 : As reported in a newspaper dated of this day and year, Nixon appeared to be cool towards efforts to raise money for the United Nations (UN), which was in debt at this time. At first, it did not seem this way, as Kurt Weldheim had told reporters that the government was responding positively to UN fundraising efforts.
However, it was too early at this point to determine what the U.S. government’s decision would be. Apparently there was a very mixed reaction in the White House regarding the possible aid of the United Nations.
The majority of the debt created by the United Nations at this time was a result of countries such as France, the Soviet Union, and several Eastern European countries failing to adhere to peace agreements.
Guam 1972 Guam 28 years later
24th January, 1972 : 28 years after the war ended local farmers found a Japanese sergeant who was unaware that World War II had ended, he had survived in the Jungle carving tools and hunting for all those years waiting for orders from the Japanese Army
U.S. 1980 U.S.A. US Sells to China
24th January, 1980 : In reaction to the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, the United States had announced plans to sell military equipment to China. The sale of this equipment would not include the purchase of weapons.
The reason for the United State’s decision to provide military merchandise to China was in part a precautionary measure-in case of Russian attack. At the same time that Russia had invaded Afghanistan, the United States had been named the most favored trading nation with China.
U.S. 1994 U.S.A. AT&T
24th January, 1994 : One United States telecommunications company had let go of over 16,000 employees as of this year. This was in effort to cut rising costs upon the deregulation of telephone communication services.
U.S. 1995 U.S.A. O.J. Simpson
24th January, 1995 : The trial started of O.J. Simpson for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman
U.S. 2003 U.S.A. Homeland Security
24th January, 2003 : United States Department of Homeland Security officially began operating
France 2008 France Rogue Trader
24th January, 2008 : A rogue trader ( Mr Kerviel ) at "Societe Generale" has lost over 7 billion dollars , to put this in context the rougue trader ( Nick Leeson ) who was at the centre of collapse at Barings Bank in England in 1995 lost in the order of $1.28 billion dollars. Societe Generale, one of France's largest banks, has arranged a rights issue worth 5.5bn euros in new capital in order to offset the losses, but has stated it would still show a profit balance for 2007.
U.S. 2008 U.S.A. Auction Radio Spectrum Licences Begin
24th January, 2008 : The auction for rights to radio spectrum licenses of begins and is expected to include multibillion-dollar bids from the nation’s two biggest wireless phone companies, Verizon and AT&T, as well as Google as wireless broadband is expected to become the next big thing, the mobile Internet.
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Russia 2011 Russia Suicide Bombing at Russian Airport
24th January, 2011 : An explosion caused by a suicide bomber at the
Domodedovo Airport in Moscow kills over thirty people and injures over
United States 2013 United States US Ends Ban on Women in Combat
24th January, 2013 : The US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that the military would end its ban on women in combat roles in the US Armed Forces. The decision overturned a rule instated in 1994 that banned women from small ground combat units.
Celebrating Birthday's TodaySharon Tate Born: 24th January 1943 Dallas, Texas Died: 9th August 1969 Los Angeles, California, Known For : American actress who appeared in a number of TV small television roles before moving on to the big screen , she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Valley of the Dolls, and was a successful model appearing on a number fashion magazines as a model and cover girl. She was married to the film director Roman Polanski and 8 months pregnant at the time of her murder by followers of Charles Manson Neil Diamond Born: 24th January 1941 New York U.S.
Known For : American singer, songwriter, who had a number of world wide hits hits over three decades and still tours successfully to sell out tours in America and around the world. Some of his many hits beginning in 1966 with "Cherry, Cherry", Sweet Caroline", "Cracklin' Rosie" and "Song Sung Blue" stretching into the 80's . He is ranked in the top 5 of all time most successful adult contemporary artists in the history of the Billboard chart selling in excess of 150 million records worldwide.
Neil Diamond "Sweet Caroline"
John Belushi Born: 24th January 1949 Chicago, Illinois Died: 5th March 1982 Los Angeles, California Known For : John Belushi was an American comedian, actor and musician, best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and The Blues Brothers, just one of those naturally funny guys