What Happened on July 24

Significant Events

  • 1534 Jacques Cartier lands in Canada, claims it for France
  • 1567 Mary Queen of Scots is forced to abdicate; her 1-year-old son becomes King James VI of Scots
  • 1832 Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by Wyoming's South Pass
  • 1911 American explorer Hiram Bingham discovers Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas
  • 1943 Operation Gomorrah: RAF begins bombing Hamburg (till 3rd August), creating a firestorm and killing 42,600 people
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Did You Know?

Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper publishes results of 1st public opinion poll, with a clear lead for Andrew Jackson

On July 24, 1824

Would You Believe?

Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office.

On July 24, 2001

Famous Weddings

  • 1554 Queen Maria of England marries Philip, king of Naples/Jerusalem
  • 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Howard Hanson (49) weds Margaret Elizabeth Nelson at the Chautauqua Institution in New York
  • 1972 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (24) weds Sarah Hugill
  • 1980 Tennis star Björn Borg (24) weds tennis player Mariana Simionescu (23) in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1982 Physicist and astronaut Sally Ride (31) weds astronaut Steven Hawley (30) in Salina, Kansas
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