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This day in history: January 24th

Many forget the past, but it's important to learn from it so we don't repeat the same mistakes in the future.

Today in history

On this date, January 24, these events occured in history. Did you know?

41 - Roman emperor, Gaius Caesar, better known as Caligula (meaning Little Boot—he used to wear military boots as a child), was murdered.

817 - St Paschal I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Stephen IV

1679 - King Charles II disbands English parliament

1848 - Gold was first discovered in California, in Sutter's mill. When President Polk announced the news in December, the gold rush began.

1908 - Robert Baden-Powell organized the first Boy Scout troop in England.

1927 - Director Alfred Hitchcock releases his first film, The Pleasure Garden, in England.

1943 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.

1962 - Jackie Robinson is 1st Black elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

1963 - Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champ.

1964 - 24th Amendment to US Constitution goes into effect & states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes.

1965 - Winston Churchill died in London at age 90.

1972 - Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi was discovered in Guam, having spent 28 years hiding in the jungle thinking World War II was still going on.

1986 - Voyager Two space probe passes within 51,000 miles of Uranus.

1993 - The first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall, died.

2003 - The Department of Homeland Security, under Tom Ridge, became a cabinet department.

2011 - Jared 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.

2012 - The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum released the last of more than 260 hours of recordings of meetings and conversations President John F. Kennedy privately made before his assassination in Dallas.

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The Learning Network via The New York Times.

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