Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 24
1848 - Gold is discovered by James Wilson Marshall at his partner Johann August Sutter's sawmill on the South Fork of the American River, near Coloma, California.
1927 - British expeditionary force of 12,000 is sent to China to protect concessions at Shanghai.
1931 - The League of Nations rebukes Poland for the mistreatment of a German minority in Upper Silesia.
1946 - The UN establishes the International Atomic Energy Commission.
1951 - Indian leader Nehru demands that the UN name Peking as an aggressor in Korea.
1965 - Winston Churchill dies from a cerebral thrombosis at the age of 90.
1980 - In a rebuff to the Soviets, the U.S. announces intentions to sell arms to China.
1982 - A draft of Air Force history reports that the U.S. secretly sprayed herbicides on Laos during the Vietnam War.