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Today in History: January 24

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January 24

41   Shortly after declaring himself a god, Caligula is assassinated by two Praetorian tribunes.
1458   Matthias Corvinus, the son of John Hunyadi, is elected king of Hungary.
1639   Representatives from three Connecticut towns band together to write the Fundamental Orders, the first constitution in the New World.
1722   Czar Peter the Great caps his reforms in Russia with the "Table of Rank" which decrees a commoner can climb on merit to the highest positions.
1848   Gold is discovered by James Wilson Marshall [1] at his partner Johann August Sutter's sawmill on the South Fork of the American River, near Coloma, California.
1903   U.S. Secretary of State John Hay and British Ambassador Herbert create a joint commission to establish the Alaskan border.
1911   U.S. Cavalry is sent to preserve the neutrality of the Rio Grande during the Mexican Civil War.
1915   The German cruiser Blücher is sunk by a British squadron in the Battle of Dogger Bank.
1927   British expeditionary force of 12,000 is sent to China to protect concessions at Shanghai.
1931   The League of Nations rebukes Poland for the mistreatment of a German minority in Upper Silesia.
1945   A German attempt to relieve the besieged city of Budapest is finally halted by the Soviets.
1946   The UN establishes the International Atomic Energy Commission.
1951   Indian leader Nehru demands that the UN name Peking as an aggressor in Korea.
1965   Winston Churchill dies from a cerebral thrombosis at the age of 90.
1980   In a rebuff to the Soviets, the U.S. announces intentions to sell arms to China.
1982   A draft of Air Force history reports that the U.S. secretly sprayed herbicides on Laos during the Vietnam War.
Born on January 24
1712   Frederick II (the Great), [2] King of Prussia, noted for his social reforms and leading Prussia in military victories.
1732   Pierre de Beaumarchais, French dramatist (The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro).
1862   Edith Wharton, U.S. novelist who wrote Ethan Frome and The Age of Innocence.

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[1] James Wilson Marshall: http://www.historynet.com/james-marshall-californias-gold-discoverer.htm

[2] Frederick II (the Great),: http://www.historynet.com/frederick-the-great-the-first-modern-military-celebrity.htm

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