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Today in History - January 24th
1848 - On this day in history, James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget in northern California, which led to the gold rush of '49.
1908 - In England, the first Boy Scout troop was organized.
1924 - Today in history, the Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad.
1935 - Krueger Brewing Company placed the first canned beer on sale in Richmond, VA.
1965 - On this day in history, Winston Churchill died at 90.
1972 - The Supreme Court ended laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year.
1989 - Today in history, Ted Bundy, the confessed serial killer, was put to death in Florida's electric chair.
2000 - The Supreme Court upheld a Missouri law that limited the contributions that individuals could donate to any candidate during any single election.
2002 - On this day in history, Congress began a hearing on the collapse of Enron.
2003 - The Department of Homeland Security began operations under Tom Ridge.
SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 24th
1899 - Humphrey O'Sullivan received a patent for the rubber heel.
1922 - Today in history, Christian K. Nelson received a patent for the Eskimo Pie.
1986 - The Voyager 2 space probe flew past Uranus.
SPORTS - Today in History, January 24th
1930 - On this day in history, Primo Carnera made his American boxing debut by knocking out Big Boy Patterson.
1955 - The Baseball rules committee announced a plan to enforce a pitcher to release the ball within 20 seconds after taking his position on the mound.
1964 - Today in history, CBS acquired the rights to televise the National Football League's 1964-1965 regular season.
MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 24th
1936 - Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded "Stompin' at the Savoy."
1957 - On this day in history, Elvis Presley recorded "Teddy Bear."
1962 - Brian Epstein signed with the Beatles as their manager and began to direct their image away from leather jackets.
1970 - Today in history, it was announced that John Lennon and Yoko Ono had shaved their heads to celebrate the beginning of Year One for Peace.
2005 - The iTunes Music Store reached 250 million songs sold.
FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS - January 24th
Hadrian AD 76
Frederick the Great (Prussia) 1712
Edith Wharton (Jones) 1862
Ernest Borgnine 1917
Oral Roberts 1918
Neil Diamond 1941
Sharon Tate 1943
Nastassja Kinski 1961
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