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    • July 24, 1132 Battle of Nocera between Ranulf II of Alife and Roger II of Sicily.

    • July 24, 1411 "Battle of Harlaw, one of the bloodiest battles on Scottish soil."

    • July 24, 1487 "Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands strike against ban on foreign beer."

    • July 24, 1567 Mary Queen of Scots is deposed and replaced by her 1 year old son James VI.

    • July 24, 1651 "Anthony Johnson, a free black, receives grant of 250 acres in Va"

    • July 24, 1673 "Edmund Halley enters Queen's College, Oxford, as an undergraduate"

    • July 24, 1683 "The first settlers from Germany to US, leave aboard the Concord"

    • July 24, 1701 "Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit."

    • July 24, 1701 French make first landing at site of Detroit

    • July 24, 1704 Great Britain takes Gibralter from Spain

    • July 24, 1758 George Washington admitted to Virginia House of Burgess

    • July 24, 1783 Georgia becomes a protectorate of tsarist Russia

    • July 24, 1799 William Clark (of Lewis & Clark) is willed the slave York

    • July 24, 1813 "Sailing Master Elijah Mix attempts to blow up British warship Plantagenet with a torpedo near Cape Henry, Virginia."

    • July 24, 1814 War of 1812: General Phineas Riall advances toward the Niagara River to halt Jacob Brown's American invaders.

    • July 24, 1824 Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper publishes results of first public opinion poll. Clear lead for Andrew Jackson

    • July 24, 1832 Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by using Wyoming's South Pass.

    • July 24, 1847 "After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City. Celebrations of this event include the Pioneer Day Utah state holiday and the Days of '47 Parade."

    • July 24, 1847 "Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, UT"

    • July 24, 1847 "Rotary-type printing press patented by Richard March Hoe, NYC"

    • July 24, 1866 Reconstruction: Tennessee becomes the first U.S. state to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War.

    • July 24, 1870 The first trans-US rail service begins

    • July 24, 1877 The first time federal troops are used to combat strikers

    • July 24, 1900 "Race riot in New Orleans, 2 white policemen killed"

    • July 24, 1901 "O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank."

    • July 24, 1911 "Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu ""the Lost City of the Incas""."

    • July 24, 1915 "Excursion ship Eastland capsizes in Lake Michigan, 852 die"

    • July 24, 1918 "Sgt. Richard Charles TRAVIS, 2nd Battalion, Otago Infantry Regiment, won the Victoria Cross at Hebuterne, France"

    • July 24, 1919 "Race Riot in Washington DC (6 killed, 100 wounded)"

    • July 24, 1923 "Allied Powers & Turkey sign peace treaty, Lausanne"

    • July 24, 1923 "The Treaty of Lausanne, settling the boundaries of modern Turkey, is signed in Switzerland by Greece, Bulgaria and other countries that fought in the First World War."

    • July 24, 1924 The World Chess Federation FIDE is founded in Paris.

    • July 24, 1925 "Scopes guilty of teaching evolution in a Tn HS, fined $100 & costs"

    • July 24, 1927 "Opening of the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres, Belgium The gate records the names of over 56,000 allied soldiers, among them 6,176 Australian soldiers of the First Australian Imperial Force (AIF), missing in the battles near Ypres during the First World War"

    • July 24, 1927 The Menin Gate war memorial is unveiled at Ypres.

    • July 24, 1929 Pres Hoover proclaims Kellogg-Briand Pact which renounces war

    • July 24, 1929 "The Kellogg-Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect (it was first signed in Paris on August 27, 1928 by most leading world powers)."

    • July 24, 1931 "A fire at a home for aged people in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania kills 48 people."

    • July 24, 1934 "The first ptarmigan hatched & reared in captivity, Ithaca, NY"

    • July 24, 1935 "The dust bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109F (44C) in Chicago and 104F (40C) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin."

    • July 24, 1935 "The world's first children's railway opens in Tbilisi, USSR."

    • July 24, 1936 "118? F (48? C), Minden, Nebraska (state record)"

    • July 24, 1936 "121? F (49? C), near Alton, Kansas (state record)"

    • July 24, 1937 "Alabama drops rape charges against 5 blacks, the so-called ""Scottsboro Boys."""

    • July 24, 1942 HMCS St. Croix (Destroyer) sinks the U-90

    • July 24, 1942 The Bureau of Aeronautics issued a Planning Directive calling for procurement of four Sikorsky helicopters for study and development by Navy and Coast Guard aviation forces.

    • July 24, 1943 Revolt in Italy; Mussolini is deposed by Badoglio.

    • July 24, 1944 "Following 43 days of naval gunfire and air bombardment, Naval Task Force lands Marines on Tinian."

    • July 24, 1944 Russians liberate the Majdanek extermination camp.

    • July 24, 1948 Soviets blockades Berlin from the west

    • July 24, 1950 V-2/WAC Corporal rocket launch; first launch from Cape Canaveral

    • July 24, 1952 "112? F (44? C), Louisville, Georgia (state record)"

    • July 24, 1952 Pres Truman settles 53-day steel strike

    • July 24, 1956 "At New York City's Copacabana Club, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis perform their last comedy show together which started on July 25, 1946."

    • July 24, 1956 Khartoum University College is awarded university status becoming the University of Khartoum.

    • July 24, 1959 "At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, US vice president Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev have a ""Kitchen Debate."""

    • July 24, 1959 "VP Nixon argued with Khrushchev, known as ""Kitchen Debate"""

    • July 24, 1961 A US commercial plane is hijacked to Cuba

    • July 24, 1961 Edwin Newman becomes news anchor of the Today Show

    • July 24, 1963 124 Unification church couples wed in Korea

    • July 24, 1965 "Bob Dylan release ""Like a Rolling Stone"""

    • July 24, 1965 Casey Stengel resigns as manager of the NY Mets

    • July 24, 1965 Vietnam War: Four F-4C Phantoms escorting a bombing raid at Kang Chi are the targets of antiaircraft missiles in the first such attack against American planes in the war. One is shot down and the other three sustain damage.

    • July 24, 1966 Michael Pelkey made the first BASE jump from El Capitan along with Brian Schubert. Both came out with broken bones. BASE jumping is now been banned from El Cap.

    • July 24, 1966 "Montgomery Clift actor, dies at 45"

    • July 24, 1967 Beatles sign a petition in The Times to legalize marijuana

    • July 24, 1967 Charles de Gaulle says 'Vive le Qu?bec libre! Long live free Quebec!' A lot of pople are not happy at his remarks

    • July 24, 1967 "During an official state visit to Canada, French President Charles de Gaulle declares to a crowd of over 100,000 in Montreal: Vive le Qubec libre! (Long live free Quebec!). The statement, interpreted as support for Quebec independence, delighted many Quebecers but angered the Canadian government and many English Canadians."

    • July 24, 1967 Race riot in Cambridge Maryland

    • July 24, 1968 Number one hit on UK music charts - Des O'Connor - I Pretend

    • July 24, 1969 Apollo 11 returns to Earth

    • July 24, 1969 Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing induction in US Army on appeal

    • July 24, 1971 Number one hit on UK music charts - T Rex - Get It On

    • July 24, 1972 "Bobby Ramirez drummer (White Trash), killed at 23 in bar brawl"

    • July 24, 1972 Jigme Singye Wangchuk becomes king of Bhutan at 16

    • July 24, 1974 After the Turkish invasion of Cyprus the Greek military junta collapses and democracy is restored.

    • July 24, 1974 Chris Chubbock newscaster shoots self on air

    • July 24, 1974 Supreme Court unanimously rules Nixon must turn over Watergate tapes

    • July 24, 1974 Watergate Scandal: The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes and they order him to surrender the tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.

    • July 24, 1975 Apollo 18 returns to Earth

    • July 24, 1976 Number one hit on UK music charts - Elton John & Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart

    • July 24, 1977 End of a four day long Libyan-Egyptian War.

    • July 24, 1978 """Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"" premeirs in NYC"

    • July 24, 1979 "Archie Duncan actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 65"

    • July 24, 1980 Peter Sellers dies at 54

    • July 24, 1982 "Heavy massive rain and mudslide occurred, some bridge destroyed at Nagasaki, Japan, 299 killed."

    • July 24, 1983 "George Brett, batting for the Kansas City Royals against the New York Yankees, has a game-winning home run nullified in the ""Pine Tar Incident""."

    • July 24, 1984 Seve Ballesteros wins the British Open

    • July 24, 1985 Gandhi signs peace contract with Sikh leader Harchand Singh Longowai

    • July 24, 1986 SF Federal jury convicts navy radioman Jerry Whitworth of espionage

    • July 24, 1987 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.3 (updated) released

    • July 24, 1988 "US & Jamacia play scoreless tie, in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup"

    • July 24, 1990 Iraqi forces start massing on the Kuwait/Iraq border.

    • July 24, 1990 Ms. Magazine hits the newstands again after an 8 month haitus

    • July 24, 1991 "Government of India announces the New Industrial Policy, marking the start of India's economic reforms."

    • July 24, 1991 U of Manchester scientist announce finding a planet outside of the solar system

    • July 24, 1998 Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.

    • July 24, 2001 "Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, was sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, and became the only monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office."

    • July 24, 2001 The Taiwan Solidarity Union is established.

    • July 24, 2002 James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1.

    • July 24, 2005 Lance Armstrong wins his seventh consecutive Tour de France.

    • July 24, 2007 Libya frees all six of the Medics in the HIV trial in Libya.







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