On This Day In History, 24 January


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World Events Today

  • Claudius became Roman Emperor today in 41AD, he succeeded his nephew Caligula who had been assassinated by officers of the Praetorian Guard
  • American carpenter and sawmill operator James Wilson Marshall, reported finding gold at Coloma on the American River today in 1848, it sparked the beginning of the California Gold Rush
  • The former American Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar, was sentenced to 175 years in prison today in 2018, after pleading guilty to seven counts of sexual assault of minors

Entertainment Events Today

  • Scouting for Boys, a handbook for instruction in good citizenship, written and illustrated by Robert Baden-Powell, was published for the first time today in 1908
  • The first Royal Rumble wrestling event took place today in 1988 in Ontario
  • After an absence of over 14 years, the American science fiction television series The X-Files, returned today in 2016

Family Events Today

  • The American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond was born today in 1941 in New York, his hits include Song Sung Blue and Cracklin’ Rosie
  • The American comedian and actor John Belushi, who starred in The Blues Brothers, was born today in 1949 in Chicago
  • The American serial killer Ted Bundy was electrocuted today in 1989, he was responsible for at least 30 murders

Main Event Today

  • Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister for much of World War 2, died today in 1965 aged 90

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Peanut Butter Day

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