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Notable Historical Events for January 24th

1839Charles Darwin elected Fellow of the Royal Society

1969Spanish General Franco announces state of emergency

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

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

1679King Charles II disbands English parliament

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

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

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

1722Tsar Peter the Great begins civil system

1924Benito Mussolini disallows non-fascists work union

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Notable Birthdays on January 24th

1925Maria Tallchief, Fairfax Ok, ballerina, (d. 2013)

1943Sharon Tate, Dallas Texas, actress (Valley of the Dolls)

76Hadrian, Italica, Roman Emperor (117-138, builder of Hadrian's Wall)

1862Edith Wharton [-Jones], New York NY, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist (Ethan Frome, House of Mirth), (d. 1937)

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Notable Weddings on January 24th

1884Abolutionist Frederick Douglass marries 2nd wife suffragist Helen Pitts

2004Actress Selma Blair (31) weds producer Ahmet Zappa (29) at Carrie Fisher's mansion in Beverly Hills, California

1328King Edward III of England marries Philippa of Henegouwen (Hainault)

1981Singer Davy Jones (35) weds Anita Pollinger

January 24th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on January 24th

41Caligula, [G C Germanicus], Roman emperor (37-41), assassinated at 28 by Praetorian Guards. Known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism.

1993Thurgood Marshall, 1st black supreme court justice (1967-91), dies 84

1989Ted Bundy, serial killer of up to 100 women, executed in Florida at 42

1965Winston Churchill, PM of Britain (C) (1940-45, 51-55), dies at 90

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