Today is Wednesday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2018 with 341 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury. Evening stars are Neptune, Venus, Mars and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include English dramatist William Congreve in 1670; British social reformer Edwin Chadwick in 1800; author Edith Wharton in 1862; abstract painter Robert Motherwell in 1915; actor Ernest Borgnine in 1917; evangelist Oral Roberts in 1918; ballet dancer Maria Tallchief Paschen in 1925; musician Doug Kershaw in 1936 (age 82); musician Ray Stevens in 1939 (age 79); singer Neil Diamond in 1941 (age 77); singer Aaron Neville in 1941 (age 77); actor Sharon Tate in 1943; comedian John Belushi in 1949; actor Michael Ontkean in 1946 (age 72); actor Nastassja Kinski in 1961 (age 57); Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Mary Lou Retton in 1968 (age 50); actor Matthew Lillard in 1970 (age 48); actor Ed Helms in 1974 (age 44); actor Kristen Schaal in 1978 (age 40); actor Tatyana Ali in 1979 (age 39); actor Mischa Barton in 1986 (age 32); rapper/actor Daveed Diggs in 1982 (age 36); actor Justin Baldoni in 1984 (age 34).
On this date in history:
In 1848, gold was discovered at John Sutter's mill near Sacramento. The discovery touched off the great gold rush of 1849.
In 1908, the first Boy Scout troop was organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell, a general in the British army.
In 1916, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an income tax was constitutional.
In 1935, beer was sold in cans for the first time -- in Richmond, Va.
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy denied that the United States had planned to provide air cover for the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, a charge made by Anti-Castro refugee leaders, including Antonio de Varona, vice president of the Cuban Revolutionary Council, but later withdrawn.
In 1984, Apple's Macintosh computer went on sale. Price tag: $2,495.
In 1993, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the nation's highest court, died of cardiac arrest at age 84.
In 2011, a suicide bomb attack at Moscow's Domodedovo airport international arrival gate killed 37 people and injured more than 170 others.
A thought for the day: Humorist Will Stanton said, "Republicans study the financial pages of the newspaper, Democrats put them in the bottom of the bird cage."