Historical Events for 22nd January 2024

1472 – Great comet of 1471 (C/1471 Y1) becomes the closest comet in modern times, coming within 10 million kilometers of Earth
1517 – Ottoman forces take Cairo, capital of the Mamluk Sultanate
1931 – Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia
1945 – Burma highway reopens
1953 – 1953 NFL Draft: Harry Babcock from University of Georgia first pick by San Francisco 49ers
1969 – Orbiting Solar Observatory 5 launched into earth orbit
1987 – Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself at a press conference on live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism
1994 – 51st Golden Globes: Schlinder’s List, Tom Hanks, and Holly Hunter win
1998 – STS 89 (Endeavour 12) launches into orbit
2018 – Netflix becomes the largest digital media and entertainment company in the world worth $100 billion

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