Tuesday, January 24, 2017

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR JANUARY 24


On this day in 41 AD, Roman Emperor Caligula, known for his eccentricity and sadistic despotism, is assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards. The Guard then proclaims Caligula's uncle Claudius as Emperor

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On this day in 661, Caliph Ali, son-in-law of Muhammad, is assassinated and his followers (Shiites) brake from the majority Muslim group.

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On this day in 1908, the first Boy Scout troop is organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.

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On this day in 1916, in Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad, the Supreme Court of the United States declares the federal income tax constitutional.

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On this day in 1939, the deadliest earthquake in Chilean history strikes Chillán, killing approximately 28,000 people.

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On this day in 1961, a bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. The uranium core of one weapon remains lost.

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On this day in 1972, Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.

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On this day in 1978, the Soviet satellite Cosmos 954, with a nuclear reactor on board, burns up in Earth's atmosphere, scattering radioactive debris over Canada's Northwest Territories. Only 1% is recovered.

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On this day in 1990, Japan launches Hiten, the country's first lunar probe, the first robotic lunar probe since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 in 1976, and the first lunar probe launched by a country other than Soviet Union or the United States.

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On this day in 2003, the United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.

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