On This Day

What Happened on June 24

Important Events

  • 1497 John Cabot claims Eastern Canada for England (believes he has found Asia in Nova Scotia)
  • 1509 Henry VIII is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey
  • 1793 1st republican constitution in France adopted
  • 1812 Napoleon Bonaparte's forces invade Russia crossing the Neman River
  • 1853 US President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square-miles (76,800 square km) from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico)
  • 1901 1st exhibition by Pablo Picasso, 19, opens in Paris
  • 1930 1st radar detection of planes, Anacostia, Washington, D.C.
More Historical Events

June 24 in Film & TV

  • 1916 Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract

June 24 in Music

June 24 in Sport

  • 1995 3rd Rugby World Cup, Ellis Park, Johannesburg: Springboks fly-half Joel Stransky lands the winning drop goal in extra time as South Africa beats New Zealand, 15-12

Did You Know?

In the longest match in tennis history, American John Isner defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon after 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over 3 days

On June 24, 2010


Would You Believe?

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

On June 24, 1374

Famous Weddings

  • 1885 28th US President Woodrow Wilson (28) weds Presbyterian minister's daughter Ellen Louise Axson (25) in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1904 Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen (30) weds Jessie Isabel Cox
  • 1914 MLB greatest pitcher Walter Johnson (26) weds Hazel Lee Roberts in Northwest, Washington, D.C.

Famous Divorces

  • 1994 Sally Fields files for divorce from 2nd husband Alan Greisman
  • 1997 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry (30) divorces MLB outfielder David Justice (31) after more than 4 years of marriage
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