What Happened On This Day – January 24
1990 Japan launches its first lunar probe
Hiten was the first robotic lunar probe since the Soviet Luna 24 in 1976 and the first deep space probe that executed an aerobraking maneuver.
1984 The Apple Macintosh computer goes on sale
The “Mac” was the first commercially successful personal computer using a graphical user interface and a mouse.
1946 The United Nations General Assembly passes its first resolution
Resolution 1 was passed to found the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (UNAEC).
1848 The California Gold Rush begins
Some 300,000 people traveled to California after James W. Marshall had found gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California.
1835 Slaves stage a rebellion in Brazil to end slavery
The Malê Revolt was instrumental in ending slavery in Brazil.
Births On This Day – January 24
1943 Sharon Tate
1941 Neil Diamond
American singer-songwriter, guitarist
1776 E. T. A. Hoffmann
German jurist, author
1712 Frederick the Great
Deaths On This Day – January 24
1989 Ted Bundy
American serial killer
1986 L. Ron Hubbard
American religious leader, author, founded the Church of Scientology
1965 Winston Churchill
English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate
1895 Lord Randolph Churchill
English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer