Friday, January 24, 2014

TODAY IN HISTORY

Friday, January  24, 2014
AP Highlight in History: 
On Jan. 24, 1848, James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California, sparking the gold rush of '49.
On this date in:
1908The first Boy Scout troop was organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.
1924The Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad in honor of late revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin.
1943President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.
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1965Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill died in London at age 90.
1972The Supreme Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year.
1986The Voyager 2 space probe swept past Uranus, coming within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet from the sun.
1987Gunmen in Lebanon kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh. (All were later released.)
1989Confessed serial killer Ted Bundy was executed in Florida's electric chair.
1993Retired Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall died at age 84.
1995The prosecution gave its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
2003The new federal Department of Homeland Security officially opened as Tom Ridge was sworn in as secretary.
2004NASA's Opportunity rover landed on Mars three weeks after its identical twin, Spirit.
2008French bank Societe Generale announced it had uncovered a $7.14 billion fraud by a single futures trader.
2011Jared Lee Loughner pleaded not guilty in Phoenix to federal charges he'd tried to kill U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and two of her aides in a Tucson shooting rampage that had claimed six lives.
 
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Today's Birthdays:
Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond turns 73 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Ray StevensCountry singer75
Aaron NevilleSinger73
Yakov SmirnoffComedian63
Jools HollandRock musician (Squeeze)56
Nastassja KinskiActress55
Shaun DonovanSecretary of housing and urban development48
Mary Lou RettonOlympic gold-medal gymnast46
Matthew LillardActor44
Tatyana AliActress, singer35
Mischa BartonActress ("The O.C.")28
Actor Ed Helms ("The Office," "The Daily Show") turns 40 years old today.
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