Today in History: Jan. 24

Prime Minister Winston Churchill outside 10 Downing Street, gesturing his famous 'V for Victory' hand signal, June 1943.  (Photo by H F Davis/Getty Images)
In 1965, British statesman Winston Churchill died in London at age 90. (Photo by H F Davis/Getty Images) (Getty Images/H. F. Davis)
Exterior of Fraunces Tavern in New York City where a bomb exploded, Friday, Jan. 24, 1975 killing four people and injuring 40 others. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
In 1975, the extremist group FALN bombed Fraunces Tavern in New York City, killing four people. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Ron Frehm)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 06:  Apple Macintosh computer, model M001, with keyboard and mouse. The Apple Macintosh was designed by Steve Jobs to be as 'user-friendly' as possible. Jobs wanted to produce an 'appliance computer' that clients could unpack, plug in and start to use with very little computer knowledge. It was also designed to use a graphical display rather than the standard text-based display previously used. The Mac was an instant success and continued to be popular as Jobs had ensured that plenty of computer software had been designed for use with the machine.  (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
In 1984, Apple Computer began selling its first Macintosh model, which boasted a built-in 9-inch monochrome display, a clock rate of 8 megahertz and 128k of RAM. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images) (SSPL via Getty Images/Science & Society Picture Librar)
A toy bunny is hung in effigy by Jerry Jackson of Atlanta Ga., wearing a Ronald Reagan mask, and the pro-death penalty crowd rejoices after the Theodore Bundy execution, Jan. 25, 1989 at sunrise in Starke, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark Foley)
In 1989, confessed serial killer Theodore Bundy was executed in Florida’s electric chair. (AP Photo/Mark Foley) (AP/Mark Foley)
Thurgood Marshall
In 1993, retired Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall died in Bethesda, Maryland, at age 84. Here, Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court is shown at the St. Regis Hotel in New York, October 27, 1977. (AP Photo) (AP/Uncredited)
The Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery lifts off from Launch Pad 398 in Kennedy Space Center at morning on Tuesday, April 24, 1990, carrying a crew of five and the Hubble Space Telescope. The mission, STS-31, had been originally scheduled for launch on April 10th but was scrubbed because of a faulty APU. NASA officials and scientist around the world are looking forward to the first glimpse into space by the telescope. (AP Photo/Paul Kizzle)
In 1985, the space shuttle Discovery was launched from Cape Canaveral on the first secret, all-military shuttle mission. The Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery lifts off from Launch Pad 398 in Kennedy Space Center at morning on Tuesday, April 24, 1990, carrying a crew of five and the Hubble Space Telescope. The mission, STS-31, had been originally scheduled for launch on April 10th but was scrubbed because of a faulty APU. NASA officials and scientist around the world are looking forward to the first glimpse into space by the telescope. (AP Photo/Paul Kizzle) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Paul Kizzle)
Tom Ridge
In 2003, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge was sworn as the first secretary of the new Department of Homeland Security. FILE- This Oct. 22, 2009 file photo shows former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Ridge is out of the hospital more than two weeks after suffering a heart attack and is continuing his recovery in a Texas rehabilitation facility. A Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 statement issued through a family spokesman quoted Ridge saying he’s making great progress and feeling much better. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, file) (AP/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
Elton John takes the stage during his final performance of "The Million Dollar Piano" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Invision/AP)
Singer Elton John announced that he would be retiring from the road after an upcoming three-year global tour. Elton John takes the stage during his final performance of “The Million Dollar Piano” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Invision/AP) (Joe Buglewicz/Invision/AP/Joe Buglewicz)
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Prime Minister Winston Churchill outside 10 Downing Street, gesturing his famous 'V for Victory' hand signal, June 1943.  (Photo by H F Davis/Getty Images)
Exterior of Fraunces Tavern in New York City where a bomb exploded, Friday, Jan. 24, 1975 killing four people and injuring 40 others. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 06:  Apple Macintosh computer, model M001, with keyboard and mouse. The Apple Macintosh was designed by Steve Jobs to be as 'user-friendly' as possible. Jobs wanted to produce an 'appliance computer' that clients could unpack, plug in and start to use with very little computer knowledge. It was also designed to use a graphical display rather than the standard text-based display previously used. The Mac was an instant success and continued to be popular as Jobs had ensured that plenty of computer software had been designed for use with the machine.  (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
A toy bunny is hung in effigy by Jerry Jackson of Atlanta Ga., wearing a Ronald Reagan mask, and the pro-death penalty crowd rejoices after the Theodore Bundy execution, Jan. 25, 1989 at sunrise in Starke, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark Foley)
Thurgood Marshall
The Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery lifts off from Launch Pad 398 in Kennedy Space Center at morning on Tuesday, April 24, 1990, carrying a crew of five and the Hubble Space Telescope. The mission, STS-31, had been originally scheduled for launch on April 10th but was scrubbed because of a faulty APU. NASA officials and scientist around the world are looking forward to the first glimpse into space by the telescope. (AP Photo/Paul Kizzle)
Tom Ridge
Elton John takes the stage during his final performance of "The Million Dollar Piano" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Invision/AP)

Today is Thursday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2019.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Jan. 24, 2013, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the lifting of a ban on women serving in combat.

On this date:

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 1862, author Edith Wharton was born in New York.

In 1942, the Roberts Commission placed much of the blame for America’s lack of preparedness for Imperial Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on Rear Adm. Husband E. Kimmel and Lt. Gen. Walter C. Short, the Navy and Army commanders.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.

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

In 1975, the extremist group FALN bombed Fraunces Tavern in New York City, killing four people.

In 1984, Apple Computer began selling its first Macintosh model, which boasted a built-in 9-inch monochrome display, a clock rate of 8 megahertz and 128k of RAM.

In 1985, the space shuttle Discovery was launched from Cape Canaveral on the first secret, all-military shuttle mission.

In 1987, gunmen in Lebanon kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh. (All were eventually released.)

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, Maryland, at age 84.

In 2003, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge was sworn as the first secretary of the new Department of Homeland Security.

Ten years ago: Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who’d safely landed a crippled US Airways jetliner in the Hudson River, received a hero’s homecoming in Danville, Calif. President Barack Obama met with his economic advisers after asking Americans to support his economic package as a way to better schools, lower electricity bills and health coverage for millions who lose insurance. Brazilian model Mariana Bridi, 20, died after contracting an infection that had forced doctors to amputate her hands and feet.

Five years ago: A truck bombing struck the main security headquarters in Cairo, one of a string of bombings targeting police in a 10-hour period, killing 6 people on the eve of the third anniversary of the revolt that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak and left the Arab nation deeply divided.

One year ago: President Donald Trump told reporters that he would be willing to answer questions under oath from special counsel Robert Mueller. Former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who had admitted molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years under the guise of medical treatment, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison. Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. Scientists in China announced that they had used the cloning technique that produced Dolly the sheep to create healthy monkeys; it was the first such achievement in primates. Singer Elton John announced that he would be retiring from the road after an upcoming three-year global tour.

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