January 24: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 24



January 24th celebrates Peanut Butter Day and Belly Laugh Day.

Welcome to day 24 of 366! We still have 342 days remianing in 2024.

Here you’ll find some incredibly important historical events that happened throughout history on this day, including major developments in technology, space and war.

Did you know that on this day in 1935, the first canned beer received instant approval by customers? It reached a 91% approval rate from the public.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about January 24th in history!


What memorable events happened on January 24 in history? Keep reading to find out!


The Doomsday Clock was set at 90 seconds to midnight after new escalations in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Doomsday Clock represents how close the world is to a major catastrophe or all-out nuclear war. This adjustment brought the clock the closest it had ever been to midnight since its creation in 1947.


The X-Files returned for Season 10 after a thirteen-year hiatus.


Walt Disney announced it was going to buy Pixar.

OTD in 2006: Walt Disney announced it was going to buy Pixar.

The sale of the computer animation film studio Pixar cost Disney $7.4 billion. The deal was approved the following day.


Japan launched its first lunar probe, Hiten, from the Uchinoura Space Center.

Hiten was the first robotic lunar probe to launch in fifteen years, after the Soviet Union’s Luna 24 in 1976. It was also the first probe launched toward the moon by a nation other than the US or the Soviet Union.


NASA’s Voyager 2 came into close contact with Uranus and captured many images that uncovered 11 new moons.


Apple’s Macintosh personal computer was first put on sale in the US, changing the world of computing.


The world’s first McDonald’s drive-through was opened in Arizona.

OTD in 1975: The world's first McDonald's drive-through was opened in Arizona.


A Japanese soldier was found hiding in Guam.

Local farmers discovered a Japanese sergeant, Shoichi Yokoi, hiding in Guam. He had been hiding in the jungles of Guam for a total of 28 years and was completely unaware that WWII had ended.


A B-52 bomber carrying two nuclear bombs broke up mid-air over North Carolina.

The pilots lost control of the plane due to a fuel leak, forcing the crew to eject at 9,000 feet (2,700 m). Both bombs were dislodged from the plane and fell to the ground. One of them came incredibly close to detonation. Of the eight crew members aboard the bomber, five survived the landing.


Chillán earthquake killed approximately 28,000 people.

The 8.3 magnitude earthquake occurred at 23:32 and brought half the city down to the ground. Just 5 seconds later, Concepción was also hit, and 95% of all buildings were destroyed.


The first canned beer received instant approval from customers.

OTD in 1935: The first canned beer received instant approval from customers.

Krueger’s Cream Ale canned beer first went on sale on this day in the US, and customers gave it a 91% approval rating. Cheers to Krueger Brewing Company!


Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell published his manual “Scouting for Boys.”

The manual included details on self-instruction in outdoor skills and self-improvement. The book became the inspiration for the Scout Movement.


Charles Darwin was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for his revolutionary role in developing science.

OTD in 1839: Charles Darwin was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for his revolutionary role in developing science.


King Charles II shut down England’s first Parliament, the Cavalier Parliament.


King Henry I of England married his second wife, Adeliza of Louvain.

At the time, King Henry I was 53 years old, and Adeliza was 18.

Famous Births

Is today your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Johnny Orlando! Check out more famous people born on this day below.


Johnny Orlando



Johnny Orlando


21 years old

Born In:

Ontario, Canada


Frankie Grande



Frankie Grande


41 years old

Born In:

New York, USA


Luis Suárez



Luis Suárez


37 years old

Born In:

Salto, Uruguay


Ed Helms



Ed Helms


50 years old

Born In:

Georgia, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, January 24th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…



Winston Churchill



Winston Churchill



Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was a British politician born on November 30, 1874. He died on this day in 1965, at age 90 in London, England, UK.

Died On:

Jan 24, 1965 (Age 90)

Died In:

England, UK

Special Holidays

Are you looking for something to do today? Then why not find time today to celebrate the following special holidays.

January 24: National Peanut Butter Day
United States

National Peanut Butter Day

If there’s one staple food folk are passionate about, it has to be peanut butter. Did you know humans have eaten it since 1,000 BC? Well, today is National Peanut Butter Day, so be sure to pull out a jar and get spreading!

January 24: Belly Laugh Day

Belly Laugh Day

There’s nothing more therapeutic than a good old belly laugh, but unfortunately, few of us get to experience this wonderful experience often enough! So today on Belly Laugh Day, try to look for the funnier side of things, or even better – share your good humor with others!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

Only primates, humans, and opossums have opposable thumbs. Out of these, the opossum is the only one with no thumbnail.

Birthday & Zodiac

If you were born on this day, your zodiac sign is Aquarius.

Those born under the Aquarius zodiac sign are water-bearers because they pass on knowledge to others.

For those of you born in January, you have the Garnet birthstone. The garnet is thought to bring love and loyal friendships into their lives while also providing them health.

If you were born on January 24th, you would likely have been conceived on or around May 3rd of the previous year.

A baby conceived on this day will likely be born around October 17, 2024.

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