Today in history (Jan. 24)

Today In History Jan 24
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Today is Monday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2022. This is today in history.

World news

  • In 1848, James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in northern California, a discovery that led to the gold rush of ’49.
  • In 1984, Apple Computer began selling its first Macintosh model, which boasted a built-in 9-inch monochrome display, a clock rate of 8 megahertz and 128k of RAM.
  • In 1989, confessed serial killer Theodore Bundy was executed in Florida’s electric chair.

Local news

  • In 2013, 56-year-old David Morgan, of Joplin, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.
  • In 2014, U-S News named PSU’s online graduate program as one of the nation’s best.
  • In 2016, a missing teen from Miami, Okla. was found in texas through persistent detective work.


  • In 1957, Elvis Presley recorded the song “Teddy Bear.”
  • In 1969, Jethro Tull played their first U.S. concert, in New York City. They were the opening act for Led Zeppelin.
  • In 1992, the producer of the New Kids On The Block album “Hangin’ Tough” claimed that the group members sang only about 20 percent of the lyrics. He sued for millions of dollars for creative contributions and royalties. The allegations were denied by the New Kids, and the suit eventually was dropped.


  • In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.
  • In 2003, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge was sworn as the first secretary of the new Department of Homeland Security.
  • In 2013, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the lifting of a ban on women serving in combat.


Cajun musician Doug Kershaw is 86. Singer-songwriter Ray Stevens is 83. Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is 81. Singer Aaron Neville is 81. Actor Michael Ontkean is 76. Actor Daniel Auteuil is 72. Country singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs is 72. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 71. South Korean President Moon Jae-in is 69. Actor William Allen Young is 68. Bandleader-musician Jools Holland is 64. Actor Nastassja Kinski is 61. R&B singer Theo Peoples is 61. Country musician Keech Rainwater (Lonestar) is 59. Comedian Phil LaMarr is 55. Olympic gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton is 54. R&B singer Sleepy Brown (Society of Soul) is 52. Actor Matthew Lillard is 52. Actor Merrilee McCommas is 51. Blues/rock singer Beth Hart is 50. Actor Ed Helms is 48. Actor Mark Hildreth is 44. Actor Christina Moses is 44. Actor Tatyana Ali is 43. Actor Carrie Coon is 41. Actor Daveed Diggs is 40. Actor Justin Baldoni is 38. Actor Mischa Barton is 36.

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