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What happened on June 24
- June 24, 0972 "Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces."
- June 24, 1128 "Battle of So Mamede, near Guimares. Portuguese forces led by Alfonso I defeat his mother D.Teresa and D.Ferno Peres de Trava. After this battle, the future king calls himself ""Prince of Portugal"", the first step towards ""official independence"" in 1143."
- June 24, 1314 Battle of Bannockburn; Scotland regains independence from England
- June 24, 1340 UK hist Edward III personally commands the English fleet in their victory over the French off Sluys (who were trying to blockade English export of wool to Flanders)
- June 24, 1348 UK hist Order of the Garter founded by King Edward III of England ? motto 'Honi soit qui mal y pense'
- June 24, 1374 "A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion."
- June 24, 1441 Eton College founded by Henry VI
- June 24, 1497 "Cornish traitors Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank executed at Tyburn, London"
- June 24, 1497 John Cabot lands on North America in Newfoundland; first European exploration of the region since the Vikings. Claims eastern Canada for England
- June 24, 1509 Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon crowned King and Queen of England.
- June 24, 1535 Anabaptists Protestants conquerered & disbanded
- June 24, 1540 "Henry VIII divorces his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves"
- June 24, 1571 "Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founded Manila, the capital of the Republic of the Philippines."
- June 24, 1597 The first Dutch voyage to the East Indies reaches Bantam (on Java).
- June 24, 1647 Lord Baltimore's niece ejected requesting vote at Maryland Council
- June 24, 1650 "England's Charles II returns from the Continent, landing in Scotland. He signs the National Covenant and is proclaimed king, but he is defeated September 3 at the Battle of Dunbar by Oliver Cromwell"
- June 24, 1662 Dutch attempt but fail to capture Macau.
- June 24, 1664 The colony of New Jersey is founded.
- June 24, 1692 "Kingston, Jamaica is founded."
- June 24, 1717 "The Grand Lodge of England, the first Freemasonic Grand Lodge (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London, England."
- June 24, 1778 David Rittenhouse observes a total solar eclipse in Philadelphia
- June 24, 1793 First republican constitution in France adopted.
- June 24, 1794 Bowdoin College is founded.
- June 24, 1812 Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon's Grande Arme crosses the Neman River beginning his invasion of Russia.
- June 24, 1813 "Battle of Beaver Dams : A British, and Indian joint force defeat the U.S Army."
- June 24, 1817 The first coffee planted in Hawaii on Kona coast
- June 24, 1821 Battle of Carabobo - Battle of Carabobo was the decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain.
- June 24, 1841 "Fordham University (then St John's College), opens in the Bronx"
- June 24, 1859 "Battle of Solferino: (Battle of the Three Sovereigns). Sardinia and France defeat Austria in Solferino, northern Italy."
- June 24, 1861 Tennessee becomes 11th (& last) state to secede from US
- June 24, 1881 200 drown as train runs off bridge near Cuautla Mexico
- June 24, 1894 Decision to begin modern Olympics every 4 years
- June 24, 1894 Marie Francois Sadi Carnot assassinated by Sante Geronimo Caserio.
- June 24, 1897 Hail injures 26 in Topeka Kansas
- June 24, 1898 "American troops, drive Spanish forces from La Guasimas Cuba"
- June 24, 1901 First exhibition of Pablo Picasso's work opens.
- June 24, 1902 "King Edward VII of the United Kingdom develops appendicitis, delaying his coronation."
- June 24, 1913 Greece and Serbia annul their alliance with Bulgaria.
- June 24, 1915 800 die as excursion steamer Eastland capsizes in Chicago
- June 24, 1916 Battle of the Somme begins with a week long artillery bombardment on the German Line.
- June 24, 1916 Mary Pickford becomes first female film star to get million dollar contract.
- June 24, 1916 "The most lucrative movie contract to the time was signed by actress, Mary Pickford. She inked the first sevenfigure Hollywood deal."
- June 24, 1918 First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.
- June 24, 1928 "With declining business, the Great Gorge and International Railway begins using one-person crews on trolley operations in Canada"
- June 24, 1930 "The first radar detection of planes, Anacostia DC"
- June 24, 1932 A military coup ends the absolute power of the king of Siam (Thailand).
- June 24, 1932 Coup ends absolute monarchy in Thailand
- June 24, 1938 "A 450 metric ton meteorite strikes the earth in an empty field near Chicora, Pennsylvania."
- June 24, 1939 Pan Am's first US to England flight
- June 24, 1940 France signs an armistice with Italy during WW II
- June 24, 1945 Moscow Victory Parade
- June 24, 1946 "29.77 cm (11.72"") of rainfall, Mellen, Wisc. (state 24-hr record)"
- June 24, 1947 "Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington."
- June 24, 1947 "Looking skyward this night, Kenneth Arnold of Boise, Idaho reported seeing flying saucers over Mt. Rainier, Washington."
- June 24, 1948 "Berlin, Germany was completely isolated from the outside world. Joseph Stalin, premier of Soviet Russia, who had already cut rail and road access to the city three months earlier, now blocked all ground and water access and cut electricity to the Western sector. Within a few days, the great Berlin Airlift began. U.S. planes dropped up to 13,000 tons of goods per day for the next 10 months"
- June 24, 1948 Start of the Berlin Blockade. The Soviet Union makes overland travel between the West with West Berlin impossible.
- June 24, 1949 """Hopalong Cassidy"" becomes first network western (NBC)"
- June 24, 1949 Cargo airlines first licensed by US Civil Aeronautics Board
- June 24, 1949 "The first Television Western, Hopalong Cassidy, is aired on NBC starring William Boyd."
- June 24, 1950 M Itzigsohn discovers asteroid #1821 Aconcagua
- June 24, 1961 "Beatles record ""If You Love Me Baby"""
- June 24, 1963 Zanzibar granted internal self-government by Britain
- June 24, 1965 Number one hit on UK music charts - The Hollies - I'm Alive
- June 24, 1966 "Bombay-NY Air India flight crashes into Mont Blanc (Switz), 117 die"
- June 24, 1968 Canadian Sandra Post becomes first non-US & 1st rookie LPGA winner
- June 24, 1968 Deadline for redeeming silver certificate dollars for silver bullion
- June 24, 1968 Joe Frazier TKOs Manda Ramos for world heavyweight boxing title
- June 24, 1968 Resurrection City closed
- June 24, 1970 Senate votes overwhelmingly to repeal Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
- June 24, 1973 "Marlene Raymond (15), limboes under a flaming bar at 6 1/8"""
- June 24, 1975 "Eastern 727 crashes at JFK Airport NY, kills 113"
- June 24, 1977 IRS reveals Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976
- June 24, 1981 "What would be the world's longest single-span suspension bridge for 17 years, the Humber Bridge opens, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire."
- June 24, 1982 "British Airways Flight 9, sometimes referred to as the Jakarta incident, flew into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung, resulting in the failure of all four engines."
- June 24, 1982 Equal Rights Amendment goes down to defeat
- June 24, 1982 "Jean-Loup Chretien, first spacionaut, 2 others, lift off (Soyuz T-16)"
- June 24, 1983 7th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 lands at Edwards AFB
- June 24, 1985 "STS-51-G Space Shuttle Discovery completed its mission, best remembered for having Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the first Arab and first Muslim in space, as a Payload Specialist."
- June 24, 1985 "The motion picture " Cocoon", directed by Ron Howard, grossed some $7.9 million during its opening weekend across the country. "Cocoon", which had a brilliant cast, including screen legend Don Ameche, beat out "Rambo: First Blood, Part II" starring Sylvester Stallone, in firstweekend receipts"
- June 24, 1985 The wife of exiled Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn became a U.S. citizen.
- June 24, 1986 Guy Hunt elected first Republican governor of Alabama in 112 years
- June 24, 1986 "US Senate approves ""tax reform"""
- June 24, 1987 "?The Great One?, Jackie Gleason, passed away on this day, at the age of 71. Gleason was one of TV?s biggest stars in the 1950s and 1960s. He started on the DuMont Television Network, became a celebrated fixture on CBSTV, and later, a movie star. He starred in honored films such as, "Gigot" and "The Hustler". He also starred in "Smokey and the Bandit". Jackie Gleason is best remembered from TV, however, as bus driver Ralph Kramden in "The Honeymooners", which still ranks as one of TV?s greatest sitcoms."
- June 24, 1989 Number one hit on UK music charts - Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler - Back To Life
- June 24, 1993 "Yale computer science professor Dr. David Gelernter loses the sight in one eye, the hearing in one ear, and part of his right hand after receiving a mailbomb from the Unabomber."
- June 24, 1995 South Africa defeats New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The 1995 World cup was the first major sporting event in South Africa after Apartheid.
- June 24, 1997 """Mars Attacks!"" becomes the first DVD ever to incorporate sound with menus"
- June 24, 1997 "June 24 - Port Colborne Harbour Railway, a division of the Caledonia and Hamilton Southern Railway (Trillium Rail), starts operation between Welland and Port Colbourne on the following lines in Ontario: CN Port Colbourne Spur (6.6 miles). Macy Spur (west of the Welland Canal). Government Spur (off Macy Spur). a new 1.1 mile connection between the Port Colbourne Spur and the Macy Spur."
- June 24, 2002 "The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history."
- June 24, 2004 "Habib Dodo, the general secretary of the Communist Youth of Cte d'Ivoire is assassinated by pro-government forces."
- June 24, 2004 "In New York, capital punishment was declared unconstitutional."
- June 24, 2007 "The Angora Fire starts near South Lake Tahoe, California destroying 200+ structures in its first 48 hours."