January 27, 2023

Today is Tuesday, January 24th, the 24th day of the year 2023. There are 341 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On January 24, 1984, Apple Computer began selling its first Macintosh model, which featured a built-in 9-inch monochrome display, an 8 megahertz clock speed, and 128,000 RAM.

On this date:

In 1848, James W. Marshall discovered a nugget of gold at Sutter’s Mill in Northern California, a discovery that led to the 1949 gold rush.

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

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British statesman Winston Churchill died in London in 1965 at the age of 90.

In 1978, a nuclear-powered Soviet satellite, Cosmos 954, crashed through Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated, scattering radioactive debris across parts of northern Canada.

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

In 1989, confessed serial killer Theodore Bundy was executed in Florida’s electric chair.

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

In 2011, a suicide bomber attacked Moscow’s busiest airport, killing 37 people; Chechen separatists claimed responsibility.

In 2020, 15-year-old Coco Gauff upset defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round of the Australian Open.

Ten years ago: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced the lifting of the ban on women in combat service. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee opened hearings on President Barack Obama’s appointment of Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State. In Chicago, David Coleman Headley, an American drug dealer who faced life imprisonment, was instead sentenced to 35 years in prison for helping plan the deadly 2008 attacks on Mumbai, India — a sentence prosecutors said was his extensive cooperation with US investigators. New Orleans Hornets owner Tom Benson announced that he will be changing his team’s nickname to the Pelicans for the start of next season.

Five years ago: Former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who admitted years of molesting some of the country’s top gymnasts 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.

A year ago: The Pentagon ordered 8,500 troops on high alert, possibly deployed to Europe as part of a NATO “response force” amid growing concerns that Russia might soon take military action against Ukraine. Judges approved a request for a special grand jury from the Georgia Attorney to investigate whether former President Donald Trump and others broke the law by attempting to pressure Georgia officials to use Joe Biden’s victory at the cancel presidential elections. An analysis found that high school graduation rates have fallen in at least 20 states after the first full year of school disrupted by the pandemic.

Birthdays Today: Cajun musician Doug Kershaw is 87. Singer-songwriter Ray Stevens is 84. Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is 82. Singer Aaron Neville is 82. Actor Michael Ontkean is 77. Actor Daniel Auteuil is 73. Country singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs is 73. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 72. Former South Korean President Moon Jae-in is 69. Actor William Allen Young is 69. Band leader and musician Jools Holland is 65. Actor Nastassja Kinski is 62. The R&B star Singer Theo Peoples is 62. Country musician Keech Rainwater (Lonestar) is 60. Comedian Phil LaMarr is 56. Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton is 55. R&B singer Sleepy Brown (Society of Soul) is 53. Actor Matthew Lillard is 53. Actor Merrilee McComas is 52. Blues/rock singer Beth Hart is 51. Actor Ed Helms is 49. Actor Mark Hildreth is 45. Actor Christina Moses is 45. Actor Tatyana Ali is 44. Actor Carrie C oon is 42. Actor Daveed Diggs is 41. Actor Justin Baldoni is 39. Actor Mischa Barton is 37.

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