This day in history

Thursday, Jan. 24, is the 24th day of 2013. There are 341 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is 72. Singer Aaron Neville is 72. Actor Daniel Auteuil is 63. Musician Jools Holland is 55. Actress Nastassja Kinski is 54. Gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton is 45. Actor Matthew Lillard is 43. Actor Ed Helms is 39. Actress Tatyana Ali is 34. Actress Mischa Barton is 27.

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 1963, a US Air Force B-52 on a training mission crashed into Elephant Mountain in Maine; seven of the nine crew members were killed.

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In 1965, Winston Churchill died in London at age 90.

In 1989, confessed serial killer Theodore Bundy was executed in Florida’s electric chair.

In 1993, retired Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall died in Bethesda, Md., at age 84.

In 2003, Connecticut became the first state to take part in the US government’s plan to inoculate a half million health care workers against smallpox. The US Department of Homeland Security officially opened.