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41Claudius succeeds his nephew Caligula as Roman Emperor after his assassination by Praetorian Guards.

1076Synod of Worms: German King Henry IV fires Pope Gregory VII

1679King Charles II disbands English parliament

1722Tsar Peter the Great begins civil system

1839Charles Darwin elected Fellow of the Royal Society

1913Franz Kafka stops working on "Amerika"; it will never be finished

1924Benito Mussolini disallows non-fascists work union

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

1943Hitler orders German troops at Stalingrad to fight to the death

1948Australia all out 674 v India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*)

1950Jackie Robinson signs highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history

1952Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada.

1954Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open

1961Edward Albee's "American Dream," premieres in NYC

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

1962Mickey Wright/Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Naples Pro-Am Golf Tournament

1969Spanish General Franco announces state of emergency

1976George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round of a real slugfest

1982Super Bowl XVI: SF 49ers beat Cin Bengals, 26-21 in Pontiac Michigan, MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB

1983Hulk Hogan pins Iron Sheik for World Wrestling Federation title

198643th Golden Globes: Whoopi Goldberg, Color Purple win

1986NY Islander Mike Bossy scores his 1,000th point

2006After losing the federal election to Stephen Harper, Paul Martin resigns as leader of the Liberal party

2009Pope Benedict XVI rescinds the excommunications of four bishops consecrated without papal consent in 1988 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

On This Day In History
Date Event
Jan 24, 41
Claudius succeeds his nephew Caligula as Roman Emperor after his assassination by Praetorian Guards. 
Jan 24, 817
St Paschal I begins his reign as Catholic Pope succeeding Stephen IV 
Jan 24, 1076
Synod of Worms: German King Henry IV fires Pope Gregory VII 
Jan 24, 1118
Giovanni Caetani elected Pope Gelasius II 
Jan 24, 1458
Matthias I Corvinus chosen king of Hungary 
Jan 24, 1534
Francois I signs classified treaty with evangelical German monarchy 
Jan 24, 1568
Abdij Church in Middelburg destroyed by fire 
Jan 24, 1568
In Netherlands, Duke of Alva declares William of Orange an outlaw 
Jan 24, 1613
Amsterdam merchant Hans Bontemantel baptized 
Jan 24, 1616
Jacques Le Maire discovers Street Lemaire/Cape Receiver 
Jan 24, 1634
Emperor Ferdinand II declares Albrecht von Wallenstein a traitor 
Jan 24, 1639
Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders 
Jan 24, 1644
Parliamentary army wins battle of Nantwich, Cheshire, English Civil War 
Jan 24, 1648
Lord Baltimore's representative Margaret Brent ejected from the Maryland Council after requesting right to vote 
Jan 24, 1652
Duke of Orleans joins Fronde rebels 
Jan 24, 1656
1st Jewish doctor in US, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland 
Jan 24, 1659
Pierre Corneille's "Oedipe," premieres in Paris 
Jan 24, 1679
King Charles II disbands English parliament 
Jan 24, 1722
Tsar Peter the Great begins civil system 
Jan 24, 1722
Edward Wigglesworth appointed 1st north American divinity professor (Harvard) 
Jan 24, 1742
German leaders elect Charles VII Albert Emperor 
Jan 24, 1764
Gov Winthrop Telescope, is destroyed in a Harvard fire 
Jan 24, 1776
Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga. 
Jan 24, 1839
Charles Darwin elected Fellow of the Royal Society 
Jan 24, 1847
1,500 New Mexican Indians & Mexicans defeated by US Col Price 
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