Today in history for January 24th

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(AP) – A discovery that led to a rush for gold and an iconic funny man was brought into the world. Learn more about those events and more happening on January 24th.


In northern California, James Marshall finds a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill — a discovery that sparks the Gold Rush the following year.


In London, former British prime minister Winston Churchill — who led his nation through the dark days of World War II — dies at age 90.


Confessed serial killer Ted Bundy is executed in Florida’s electric chair for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl.


Thurgood Marshall — the first African-American to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court — dies in Bethesda, Maryland.  

Marshall — a legendary civil rights lawyer and activist before his time on the High Court — was 84.

And, 1949:  

Actor John Belushi — who played Bluto in the movie “Animal House”, and one of the original cast members of TV’s “Saturday Night Live” — is born in Chicago.

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