January 21 - Vladimir Lenin
dies and Joseph Stalin begins to purge his rivals to clear way
for his leadership.
January 22 - Ramsay MacDonald becomes the first Labour Prime Minister.
January 24 - St. Petersburg, Russia is renamed Leningrad.
January 25 - The 1924 Winter Olympics open in Chamonix, France (in the French Alps),
inaugurating the Winter Olympic Games.
February 5 - GMT: Hourly time signals from Greenwich Observatory are broadcasted for
the first time.
February 8 - Death penalty: The first state execution using gas in the United States takes
place in Nevada.
February 14 - IBM corporation founded.
February 22 - Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President of the United States to deliver a
radio broadcast from the White House.
March 3 - Caliph Abdul Mejid II of the Ottoman Empire is deposed. The last remnant of
the old regime gives way to the reformed Turkey of President Kemal Atatürk.
March 9 - Italy annexes Fiume.
March 25 - Greece proclaims it is a republic.
April 1 - Adolf Hitler is sentenced to five years in jail for his participation in the "Beer Hall
Putsch." However he was only in jail for nine months.
May 4 - The 1924 Summer Olympics opening ceremonies held in Paris, France.
May 10 - J. Edgar Hoover is appointed head the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
May 21 - University of Chicago students Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, Jr. murder
14-year-old Bobby Franks in a "thrill killing."
June 16 - Whampoa Military Academy is founded.
October 2 - The Geneva Protocol is adopted as a means to strengthen the League of Nations.
November 4 - Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming elected as the first woman governor in the
November - Calvin Coolidge defeats John W. Davis in the U.S. presidential election.
November 19 - In Los Angeles, California, famous silent film director Thomas Ince ("The
Father of the Western") dies, reportedly of a heart attack, in his bed (rumors soon surface
that he was shot dead by publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst).
November 27 - In the New York City the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held.
December 24 - Albania becomes a republic.
December 30 - Edwin Hubble announces the existence of other galaxies.
Andre Breton founds surrealism, defining it as "pure psychic automatism".
1924 in film
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) considers making a silent film of The Wizard of Oz. MGM
and Frank J. Baum failed to come to an agreement so the rights were sold to Chadwick Pictures.
1924 in music
"Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin.
1924 in sports
February 17 - In Miami, Florida, Johnny Weissmuller sets a new world record in the
100-yard freestyle swimming competition with a time of 52-2/5 seconds.
February 24 - Johnny Weissmuller finishes the 100-meter swimming event in 57 2/5
seconds breaking the world record.Births
January 3 - Hank Stram
, American football coach, broadcaster.
January 6 - Earl Scruggs
, bluegrass performer.
January 8 - Boudewina Janna (Bouke) van den Houten
January 11 - Slim Harpo
January 12 - Olivier Gendebien
, race car driver (d. 1998).
January 16 - Katy Jurado
, actress (d. 2002).
January 21 - Telly Savalas
, actor (d. 1994).
January 26 - Annette Strauss
, philanthropist, former mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1998).
January 27 - Sabu
, actor (d. 1963).
January 29 - Luigi Nono
, composer (d. 1990).
January 30 - Lloyd Alexander
February 3 - Andrzej Szczypiorski
, writer (d. 2000).
February 11 - Mary Tregear
, Oriental art historian.
February 17 - Margaret Truman
, novelist, daughter of President Harry S. Truman.
February 19 - Lee Marvin
, actor (d. 1987).
February 20 - Gloria Vanderbilt
, cosmetics entrepreneur.
February 21 - Robert Mugabe
First Prime Minister of Zimbabwe.
February 29 - Al Rosen
, baseball player.
March 9 - Willemina van den Ree
March 27 - Sarah Vaughan
, singer (d. 1990).
March 28 - Freddie Bartholomew
, actor (d. 1992).
March 30 - Alan Davidson
, author (d. 2003).
April 3 - Doris Day
April 3 - Marlon Brando
April 7 - Johannes Mario Simmel
, Austrian writer.
April 24 - Clement Freud
, British writer, radio personality and politician.
May 12 - Tony Hancock
, comedian (d. 1968).
May 17 - Hannes Messemer
, actor (d. 1991).
May 19 - Sandy Wilson
, British composer.
May 22 - Charles Aznavour
, singer, actor, composer.
June 1 - Dr. William Sloane Coffin
, radical clergyman.
June 11 - Marinus van den Houten
June 20 - Audie Murphy
, WW II hero, actor, (d. 1971).
July 4 - Eva Marie Saint
, actress: North by Northwest, On the Waterfront.
July 17 - Adriana Daleboudt
August 12 - Muhammad Zia ul-Haq
, Leader of Pakistan, (d. 1988).
August 21 - Jacomijntje van den Houten
September 22 - Rosamunde Pilcher
October 6 - Cornelia Bouwman
October 7 - Izaak Gijsbertus van den Houten
October 9 - William van Houten
November 20 - Benoit Mandelbrot
December 2 - Alexander M. Haig
, Jr., US politician.
December 18 - Adriana van den Hoek
Tuanku Al-Mutassimu Billahi Muhibbudin Sultan Abdul Halim Al-Muadzam Shah ibni
lmarhum Sultan Badlishah, later Sultan of Kedah and 5th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.Aksel Leon (Aksel) Andreassen
April 13 - Stillborn Heijt
January 21 - Vladimir Lenin
, first leader of the USSR.
February 3 - Woodrow Wilson
, US President.
May 15 - Paul d'Estournelles de Constant
, French diplomat.
May 18 - Johanna Jacoba van den Houten
June 11 - Théodore Dubois
, composer and teacher.
July 27 - Ferruccio Busoni
, pianist and composer.
August 17 - Paul Urysohn
, Russian mathematician.
November 9 - Annetje Hagedoorn
November 29 - Giacomo Puccini
- Italian grand opera composer.To my Homepage