A Day in History: January 24

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By Prior Beharry

JANUARY 24 holds at least three significant milestones for Trinidad and Tobago.

The reopening of the Red House to again host sittings of both Houses of Parliament took place on January 24, 2020.

Prime Minister and PNM political leader of the PNM Dr Keith Rowley, right, and Attorney Genral Faris Al-Rawi at the reopening of the Red House


President Paula-Mae Weekes inspected a Guard of Honour and addressed a joint sitting of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Red House was refurbished after it went into disrepair and it took eight years, four prime ministers and $441 million to return it to its former glory.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar

On January 24, 2010, Kamla Persad-Bissessar became the political leader of the United National Congress and later that year she would become the first woman prime minister of T&T.

The People’s National Movement (PNM) was established on January 24, 1956. Its website has listed this date as the pubic launch of the PNM in Woodford Square in Port-of-Spain.


Other significant events on January 24:

1835 – Slaves rebel in Brazil to end slavery

1848 – The California Gold Rush Begins

1946 – The United Nations General Assembly passes its first resolution founding the UN Atomic Energy Commission

1984 – The Apple Macintoch computer goes on sale

1990 – Japan launches its first lunar probe called Hiten


Famous people born on January 24:

76 – Roman Emperor Hardian

1712 – Frederick the Great who ruled Prussia

1776 – ETA Hoffmann, a German Romantic author of fantasy and Gothic horror, jurist and composer

1941 – Neil Diamond, American singer/songwriter

1943 – Sharon Tate, American actress who was murdered by the Charles Manson family in 1969

Famous people who died on January 24:

41 – Roman Emperor Caligula

1895 – Lord Randolph Churchill UK Chancellor of the Exchequer and father of UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill

1965 – Winston Churchill, UK Prime Minister

1986 – L Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology

1989 – Ted Bundy, American serial killer


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