January 24: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on January 24th throughout history. The Gregorian calendar’s twenty-fourth day is January 24th. On this day, the United States Department of Homeland Security was established, serial killer Ted Bundy was killed by electric chair, and the United Kingdom’s first Boy Scout troop was formed.

The 24th of January falls under the sign of Aquarius. Frederick the Great, Ed Helms, and Sharon Tate all had famous birthdays. National Beer Can Appreciation Day and National Peanut Butter Day both fall on January 24th.


(January 24, 1941)
Neil Diamond, an American singer-songwriter who began his career writing pop songs for other performers before going on to have a successful solo recording career, was born.


(January 24, 1978)
The nuclear-powered Soviet satellite Kosmos 954 burns up in the atmosphere, dispersing radioactive debris over Canada's Northwest Territories. Only 1% of the total is retrieved.

(January 24, 1984)
Apple's revolutionary computer Macintosh was launched by Steve Jobs two days after the landmark commercial "1984" aired on national television, heralding the product's upcoming release.

(January 24, 1990)
Hiten, Japan's first lunar probe, is launched, marking the first robotic lunar probe launched since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 in 1976 and the first lunar probe launched by a country other than the Soviet Union or the United States.

(January 24, 2003)
The Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America is now operational.

(Died on January 24, 2019)
Rosemary Bryant Mariner, American United States Naval Aviator (b. 1953).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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