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January 24 - the day over the years

On this day in 1760, the French were defeated by British under Eyre Coote at Wandiwash near Pondicherry, ending French presence in India.
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UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2005 06:36 PM IST

Today is Monday, January 24, the twenty fourth day of 2005.
There are 342 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1935 - Krueger Cream Ale, the first beer to be sold in cans, went on sale in Richmond, Virginia.
1943 - A meeting between British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt in Casablanca ended with demands for Germany's unconditional surrender in World War Two.
1946 - The Atomic Energy Commission was established by a United Nations General Assembly resolution initiated by the United States, Canada and Britain. 
1960 - An insurrection against French rule began in Algeria.
1965 - Winston Churchill, statesman and British prime minister from 1940-45 and 1951-55, died. 
1965 - General Francisco Franco declared martial law in Spain after disturbances which led to nearly 300 arrests. It lasted until March 25.
1972 - Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi was discovered on Guam, having spent 28 years hiding in the jungle believing World War Two was still going on.

2000 - Britain's EMI group PLC and Time Warner Inc announced a merger to create the world's biggest music group.
2001 - Britain's 200-year-old London Stock Exchange named its first woman chief executive, putting ex-investment banker Clara Furse in the top job.
2003 - Nestle SA reached a deal with Ethiopia on a 27-year-old damages claim agreeing to reduce a compensation claim against the country to $1.5 million from $6 million and to reinvest this money in famine relief.
2004 - NASA's Opportunity rover arrived safely on Mars and sent pictures of the planet back to Earth about four hours after it landed.

Today's birthdays:
King Frederick II
of Prussia (1712-1786)
Edith Wharton, writer (1862-1937) 
Sharon Tate, actress (1943-1969)
Neil Diamond, singer (1944--)
Subhash Ghai, director

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