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January 24 Notable Births and Deaths, with Quotes

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on Jan 23, 2022.

Let’s explore notable birth and death anniversaries for January 24.

Mary Lou Retton, gymnast (January 24, 1968–present)

“I was a strong and explosive athlete. Gymnasts who are similar in my eyes were Kim Zmeskal, Shawn Johnson and Simone Biles.” —Mary Lou Retton
Inside Gymnastics. “Interview: Mary Lou Retton.” Inside Gymnastics Magazine, January 25, 2016, https://www.insidegymnastics.com/news-features/interview-mary-lou-retton/.

“I keep thinking that gymnastics is going to reach a physical limit, but the gymnasts keep getting stronger and more talented.” —Mary Lou Retton
Inside Gymnastics. “Interview: Mary Lou Retton.” Inside Gymnastics Magazine, January 25, 2016, https://www.insidegymnastics.com/news-features/interview-mary-lou-retton/.

“Trying for elite is such a personal choice. One must have the internal desire, fight, determination and self-will to do it.” —Mary Lou Retton
Inside Gymnastics. “Interview: Mary Lou Retton.” Inside Gymnastics Magazine, January 25, 2016, https://www.insidegymnastics.com/news-features/interview-mary-lou-retton/.

Neil Diamond, singer and songwriter (January 24, 1941–present)

“I became officially a Red Sox fan when I went there and sang for them, for the crowd, and they gave me a free hot dog.” —Neil Diamond
Baltin, Steve. “Sunday Conversation: Neil Diamond On Songwriting, His New Album, Baseball and More.” Forbes, November 22, 2020, https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevebaltin/2020/11/22/sunday-conversation-neil-diamond-on-songwriting-his-new-album-baseball-and-more/?sh=24c42f8b7902.

“A song that can hang in your mind for 40 years is a song that deserves a little bit of attention.” —Neil Diamond
Baltin, Steve. “Sunday Conversation: Neil Diamond On Songwriting, His New Album, Baseball and More.” Forbes, November 22, 2020, https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevebaltin/2020/11/22/sunday-conversation-neil-diamond-on-songwriting-his-new-album-baseball-and-more/?sh=24c42f8b7902.

“A lot of songs you write and then you move on to something else and it can come out great or not great. But they all leave their scars on you in some way or another.” —Neil Diamond
Baltin, Steve. “Sunday Conversation: Neil Diamond On Songwriting, His New Album, Baseball and More.” Forbes, November 22, 2020, https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevebaltin/2020/11/22/sunday-conversation-neil-diamond-on-songwriting-his-new-album-baseball-and-more/?sh=24c42f8b7902.

L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Church of Scientology (March 13, 1911–January 24, 1986)

“When I was a very young man I spent most of my teens in Asia and that is an area of the world where human misery and want are very visible, where man has reached perhaps the lowest states of degradation. And a young man moving into that scene begins to ask the question: ‘Why? Why all this? What is this? What depths can man fall to and what is he anyway?’” —L. Ron Hubbard
WRN Editorial Staff. “L. Ron Hubbard Gives an Introduction to Scientology in 1966 Interview.” World Religion News, May 15, 2015, https://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/scientology/l-ron-hubbard-gives-an-introduction-to-scientology-in-1966-interview.

“To really know life you’ve got to be part of life; you must get down and look, you must get into the nooks and crannies of existence, you have to rub elbows with all kinds and types of men before you can finally establish what he is.” —L. Ron Hubbard
WRN Editorial Staff. “L. Ron Hubbard Gives an Introduction to Scientology in 1966 Interview.” World Religion News, May 15, 2015, https://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/scientology/l-ron-hubbard-gives-an-introduction-to-scientology-in-1966-interview.

“Man has conceived man to be a spirit for many more years than he has conceived man to be an animal or a materialistic thing. We have a 2000-year history of man as a spirit, whereas we only have less than a century of considering simply mud and therefore my study is more traditional than most philosophies—now, when you get most modern renditions and so forth.” —L. Ron Hubbard
WRN Editorial Staff. “L. Ron Hubbard Gives an Introduction to Scientology in 1966 Interview.” World Religion News, May 15, 2015, https://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/scientology/l-ron-hubbard-gives-an-introduction-to-scientology-in-1966-interview.

Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the U.K. (November 30, 1874–January 24, 1965)

“Let party interest be ignored, let all our energies be harnessed, let the whole ability and forces of the nation be hurled into the struggle, and let all the strong horses be pulling on the collar.” —Winston Churchill
BBC News. “Winston Churchill’s inspiring wartime speeches in Parliament.” BBC News, May 8, 2020, https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-52588148.

“Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous states have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail.” —Winston Churchill
BBC News. “Winston Churchill’s inspiring wartime speeches in Parliament.” BBC News, May 8, 2020, https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-52588148.

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