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24 Jan
1987
U.S. citizen Jesse Turner, computer science professor at Beirut University College, was taken hostage in Lebanon. He was released in October 1991U.S. citizen Jesse Turner, computer science professor at Beirut University College, was taken hostage in Lebanon. He was released in October 1991
32 years ago
24 Jan
1987
Over 160 police and 33 demonstrators were injured in clashes outside Rupert Murdoch's News International plant at Wapping, east LondonOver 160 police and 33 demonstrators were injured in clashes outside Rupert Murdoch's News International plant at Wapping, east London
32 years ago
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24 Jan
1986
In Britain, production of The Times, Sunday Times, the Sun, and the News of the World was moved overnight from premises in central London to a new plant in Wapping, beginning the…In Britain, production of The Times, Sunday Times, the Sun, and the News of the World was moved overnight from premises in central London to a new plant in Wapping, beginning the exodus of national newspapers from Fleet Street
33 years ago
24 Jan
1984
Linda McCartney was fined £75 for trying to smuggle marijuana into EnglandLinda McCartney was fined £75 for trying to smuggle marijuana into England
35 years ago
24 Jan
1984
The Apple Macintosh was unveiled by Steve Jobs at Cupertino, CaliforniaThe Apple Macintosh was unveiled by Steve Jobs at Cupertino, California
35 years ago
24 Jan
1983
U.S. film director George Cukor, whose noted movies included David Copperfield, Philadelphia Story and My Fair Lady, diedU.S. film director George Cukor, whose noted movies included David Copperfield, Philadelphia Story and My Fair Lady, died
36 years ago
24 Jan
1983
In Italy, 32 Red Brigade members were jailed for acts of terrorism, including the murder of former prime minister Aldo MoroIn Italy, 32 Red Brigade members were jailed for acts of terrorism, including the murder of former prime minister Aldo Moro
36 years ago
24 Jan
1978
The Soviet satellite Cosmos 954, used for ocean surveillance, disintegrated over the remote North-West territories of CanadaThe Soviet satellite Cosmos 954, used for ocean surveillance, disintegrated over the remote North-West territories of Canada
41 years ago
24 Jan
1972
Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi, who had spent 28 years in hiding thinking World War II was still in progress, was discovered in the jungle on GuamJapanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi, who had spent 28 years in hiding thinking World War II was still in progress, was discovered in the jungle on Guam
47 years ago
24 Jan
1970
John and Yoko Lennon shaved their heads in commemoration of Year One of PeaceJohn and Yoko Lennon shaved their heads in commemoration of Year One of Peace
49 years ago
24 Jan
1969
General Franco declared martial law in Spain following disturbances in which nearly 300 people were arrested. It remained in place until March 25General Franco declared martial law in Spain following disturbances in which nearly 300 people were arrested. It remained in place until March 25
50 years ago
24 Jan
1966
Indira Gandhi, daughter of India’s first post-independence prime minister Nehru, was herself sworn in as prime minister following the death of Sri ShastriIndira Gandhi, daughter of India’s first post-independence prime minister Nehru, was herself sworn in as prime minister following the death of Sri Shastri
53 years ago
24 Jan
1965
British statesman Sir Winston Churchill, who led the country as prime minister throughout the dark days of World War II, died at the age of 90British statesman Sir Winston Churchill, who led the country as prime minister throughout the dark days of World War II, died at the age of 90
54 years ago
24 Jan
1962
The Beatles signed their contract with manager Brian EpsteinThe Beatles signed their contract with manager Brian Epstein
57 years ago
24 Jan
1961
A U.S. B-52 bomber with two 24-megaton nuclear bombs crashed near Goldsboro, North CarolinaA U.S. B-52 bomber with two 24-megaton nuclear bombs crashed near Goldsboro, North Carolina
58 years ago
24 Jan
1961
Elsa, the lioness made famous by the film Born Free, was said to have been found dead in KenyaElsa, the lioness made famous by the film Born Free, was said to have been found dead in Kenya
58 years ago
24 Jan
1960
A major insurrection began in Algiers in protest against French President Charles de Gaulle’s policy of self-determination for AlgeriaA major insurrection began in Algiers in protest against French President Charles de Gaulle’s policy of self-determination for Algeria
59 years ago
24 Jan
1950
The original microwave oven patent was issued to its inventor, American engineer Percy LeBaron Spencer, under the title “Method of Treating Foodstuffs”The original microwave oven patent was issued to its inventor, American engineer Percy LeBaron Spencer, under the title “Method of Treating Foodstuffs”
69 years ago
24 Jan
1946
The Atomic Energy Commission was established by a United Nations general assembly resolution. The resolution was initiated originally by the United States, Canada and BritainThe Atomic Energy Commission was established by a United Nations general assembly resolution. The resolution was initiated originally by the United States, Canada and Britain
73 years ago
24 Jan
1943
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, MoroccoU.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco
76 years ago
24 Jan
1935
Krueger Cream Ale, the first canned beer, went on sale in a pressurised can with a special coating to prevent the fizzy beer from chemically reacting with the tinKrueger Cream Ale, the first canned beer, went on sale in a pressurised can with a special coating to prevent the fizzy beer from chemically reacting with the tin
84 years ago
24 Jan
1924
Non-Fascist trade unions were abolished in ItalyNon-Fascist trade unions were abolished in Italy
95 years ago
24 Jan
1922
Christian K. Nelson of Iowa patented Eskimo Pie, a vanilla ice cream bar covered with chocolateChristian K. Nelson of Iowa patented Eskimo Pie, a vanilla ice cream bar covered with chocolate
97 years ago
24 Jan
1921
The wartime allies fixed Germany's reparation paymentsThe wartime allies fixed Germany's reparation payments
98 years ago
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