Sunday, January 24, 2016

What Happened This Day In History - January 24

January 24
41Shortly after declaring himself a god, Caligula is assassinated by two Praetorian tribunes.
1458Matthias Corvinus, the son of John Hunyadi, is elected king of Hungary.
1639Representatives from three Connecticut towns band together to write the Fundamental Orders, the first constitution in the New World.
1722Czar Peter the Great caps his reforms in Russia with the “Table of Rank” which decrees a commoner can climb on merit to the highest positions.
1848Gold is discovered by James Wilson Marshall at his partner Johann August Sutter’s sawmill on the South Fork of the American River, near Coloma, California.
1903U.S. Secretary of State John Hay and British Ambassador Herbert create a joint commission to establish the Alaskan border.
1911U.S. Cavalry is sent to preserve the neutrality of the Rio Grande during the Mexican Civil War.
1915The German cruiser Bl├╝cher is sunk by a British squadron in the Battle of Dogger Bank.
1927British expeditionary force of 12,000 is sent to China to protect concessions at Shanghai.
1931The League of Nations rebukes Poland for the mistreatment of a German minority in Upper Silesia.
1945A German attempt to relieve the besieged city of Budapest is finally halted by the Soviets.
1946The UN establishes the International Atomic Energy Commission.
1951Indian leader Nehru demands that the UN name Peking as an aggressor in Korea.
1965Winston Churchill dies from a cerebral thrombosis at the age of 90.
1980In a rebuff to the Soviets, the U.S. announces intentions to sell arms to China.
1982A draft of Air Force history reports that the U.S. secretly sprayed herbicides on Laos during the Vietnam War.


Born on January 24
1712Frederick II (the Great), King of Prussia, noted for his social reforms and leading Prussia in military victories.
1732Pierre de Beaumarchais, French dramatist (The Barber of SevilleThe Marriage of Figaro).
1862Edith Wharton, U.S. novelist who wrote Ethan Frome and The Age of Innocence.

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