Events in History on July 24

Battle of Interest

1132 Battle of Nocera between Ranulf II of Alife and Roger II of Sicily

Historic Siege

1148 Louis VII of France lays siege to Damascus during the Second Crusade

  • 1411 Battle of Harlaw, one of the bloodiest battles in Scotland, takes place
  • 1487 Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands, rebel against ban on foreign beer
  • 1525 Second attempt to circumnavigate the globe as seven ships departs Corunna headed by García Jofre de Loaísa on orders of King Charles I of Spain for the Spice Islands (only one will make it)

Historic Discovery

1534 Jacques Cartier lands in Canada, claims it for France

Historic Event

1567 Mary Queen of Scots is forced to abdicate; her 1-year-old son becomes King James VI of Scots

  • 1577 Spanish army/German mercenaries conquer Namur
  • 1577 Treason of Don Juan in Brussels
  • 1581 States of Holland/Zealand recognized by Wiliam of Orange
  • 1651 Anthony Johnson, a free African American, receives grant of 250 acres in Virginia
  • 1660 Great Fire of 1660 in Constantinople; two thirds of the city is destroyed including 280,000 wooden houses, with a death toll of around 40,000

Historic Event

1673 Edmund Halley enters The Queen's College, Oxford, as an undergraduate

  • 1683 1st settlers from Germany to US, leave aboard Concord

Historic Event

1692 French defeat William III of England at Steinkirk (Enghein)

  • 1701 Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, later becomes the city of Detroit
  • 1704 English and Dutch troops occupy Gibraltar
  • 1712 Battle at Denain: France under Villars beat Dutch army

Election of Interest

1758 George Washington elected to Virginia House of Burgesses representing Frederick County

  • 1783 Georgia becomes a protectorate of tsarist Russia
  • 1793 France passes 1st copyright law
  • 1823 Slavery is abolished in Chile

Historic Publication

1824 Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper publishes results of 1st public opinion poll, with a clear lead for Andrew Jackson

  • 1832 Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by Wyoming's South Pass
  • 1833 HMS Beagle departs Maldonado, Uruguay

Historic Event

1847 Brigham Young and his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, Utah

  • 1847 Rotary-type printing press patents received by Richard March Hoe, NYC
  • 1863 Battle at Battle Mountain, Virginia
  • 1866 Tennessee becomes 1st Confederate state readmitted to Union
  • 1870 1st trans-US rail service begins
  • 1877 1st time federal troops are used to combat strikers
  • 1880 1st commercial hydroelectric power plant in the world begins generating electricity in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1883 Arabi Pasha declares a holy war in Egypt
  • 1886 China takes British protectorate of Burma
  • 1900 Race riot in New Orleans, 2 white policemen killed
  • 1902 In Turkey, the Sultan Abdul-Hamid, under pressure from within the Ottoman Empire, appoints a commission to consider reforms that might pacify Macedonian revolutionaries

Treaty of Interest

1905 Tsar Nicholas II (Russia) and Emperor Wilhelm II (Germany) sign the Björkö Treaty, whereby each country agrees to come to the other's defense if attacked by European powers

  • 1908 After days of discussion with his ministers, Sultan Abdul Hamid of Turkey announces he is restoring the liberal constitution of 1876 and will become more responsive to demands of dissidents
  • 1910 Matador Juan Belmonte (18) kills his 1st bull

Historic Discovery

1911 American explorer Hiram Bingham discovers Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas

  • 1911 Cleve's League Park hosts 1st unofficial ML All Star game (benefit game for Addie Joss' family). Cleveland Naps lose to All Stars 5-3
  • 1915 Excursion ship Eastland capsizes in Lake Michigan, 852 die
  • 1919 Race Riot in Washington, D.C. (6 killed, 100 wounded)
  • 1923 Allied Powers and Turkey sign peace treaty, Lausanne
  • 1927 The Menin Gate war memorial is unveiled at Ypres
  • 1929 NY to San Francisco foot race ends (2½ months) winner is 60 year old Monteverde
  • 1931 A fire at a home for the elderly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania kills 48 people.
  • 1931 George Gunn gets 183 and son of a gunn George Vernon 100* same innings
  • 1933 German judge Vogt signs deed of accusation against Van der Lubbe
  • 1934 1st ptarmigan hatched and reared in captivity, Ithaca, NY
  • 1935 1st greetings telegram sent in Britain
  • 1935 The world's first children's railway opens in Tbilisi, USSR
  • 1936 118°F (48°C), Minden, Nebraska (state record)
  • 1936 121°F (49°C), near Alton, Kansas (state record)
  • 1936 Generals Mola and Cabanellas form Spanish anti-government
  • 1937 Alabama drops charges against 5 blacks accused of rape in Scottsboro
  • 1940 1st illegal "Newsletter of Pieter It Hen" publishes in Netherlands
  • 1940 Linthorst Homan, de Quay and Einthoven form Dutch Union

Historic Event

1941 FDR demands Japanese troops out of Indo-China

  • 1941 Nazis kill entire Jewish population of Grodz, Lithuania
  • 1942 German troops occupy Rostov-on- Don in Southern Russia for the 2nd time
  • 1943 Operation Gomorrah: RAF begins bombing Hamburg (till 3rd August), creating a firestorm and killing 42,600 people
  • 1944 300 allied bombers drop fire bombs on Allied/German positions at Saint-Lô, France
  • 1944 Soviet forces liberate concentration camp Majdanek
  • 1944 US troops land on Tinian
  • 1945 US destroyer Underhill torpedoed West of Guam
  • 1946 US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island
  • 1948 4 Duluth Minn Dukes (St Louis Cards Class C farm team) die in crash
  • 1950 V-2/WAC Corporal rocket launch; 1st launch from Cape Canaveral
  • 1952 112°F (44°C), Louisville, Georgia (state record)
  • 1952 US President Harry Truman settles 53-day steel strike
  • 1955 Ali Sastroamidjojo of government resigns in Indonesia

Historic Event

1956 Brendan Behan's "Quare Fellow" premieres in London

  • 1957 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1958 14 people named 1st life peers in UK
  • 1961 Beginning of a trend, a US commercial plane is hijacked to Cuba
  • 1961 Edwin Newman becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • 1963 124 Unification church couples wed in Korea
  • 1963 Dutch government of Marijnen forms
  • 1964 -27) race riot in Rochester, New York, 4 killed

Historic Event

1967 Charles de Gaulle says 'Vive le Quebec libre! Long live free Quebec!'

  • 1967 Chinese army/air force/fleet repress uprising in Wuhan City

Historic Event

1967 First modern hospice St Christopher's founded by Dr. Cicely Saunders in London, England, beginning of modern palliative care and the hospice movement

  • 1967 Norway requests European Common Market membership
  • 1967 Race riots in Cambridge, Maryland
  • 1970 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1972 Bugojno group is caught by Yugoslav security forces.
  • 1972 Jigme Singye Wangchuk becomes king of Bhutan at 16
  • 1974 Supreme Court unanimously rules Nixon must turn over Watergate tapes

Historic Event

1975 Giorgio Armani and Sergio Galeotti found Giorgio Armani S.p.A. in Milan, Italy

  • 1976 John Naber is 1st to swim 200m backstroke under 2 minutes
  • 1977 Seattle's John Montague pitches 6 2/3 innings of perfect relief tying 2 game record of retiring 33 consecutive batsmen

Appointment of Interest

1979 US President Jimmy Carter names Paul Volcker as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

  • 1981 Mohammed Ali Rajai elected president of Iran
  • 1982 Heavy rain causes a mudslide that destroys a bridge at Nagasaki, Japan, killing 299
  • 1982 KHJ (LA) & KFRC (San Francisco) become 2nd & 3rd stereo AM stations
  • 1982 Single "Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor from "Rocky III" soundtrack starts 6-week run at #1 on US charts (Grammy for Best Rock Performance)
  • 1983 Sonya Robinson, (Milwaukee), 23, crowned 16th Miss Black America

The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

1985 French DGSE officers Dominique Prieur and Alain Mafart are arrested and charged with murder over the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior

Historic Event

1985 Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi signs a peace accord with Sikh leader Harchand Singh Longowai to settle the three-year Punjab crisis [1]

  • 1986 13th Commonwealth Games open in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1986 SF Federal jury convicts navy radioman Jerry Whitworth of espionage
  • 1987 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.3 (updated) released
  • 1987 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • 1989 Paula Gwynn, 22, crowned 21st Miss Black America
  • 1990 Ms. Magazine hits newsstands again after an 8 month hiatus
  • 1990 US warships in Persian Gulf placed on alert after Iraq masses nearly 30,000 troops near its border with Kuwait
  • 1991 Ottawa Rough Riders Board of Directors resign
  • 1991 Universityof Manchester scientist announce finding a planet outside of solar system
  • 1992 Shankar Dayal Sharma is elected ninth Indian President
  • 1992 Vickers Viscount crashes, 70 die
  • 1994 Asociación de Estados del Caribe (AEC) forms
  • 1994 Bodo kills 37 Muslims in Bashbari NE India
  • 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.
  • 2001 An Iranian warship in the Caspian Sea threatens a BP oil exploration ship off the coast of Azerbaijan
  • 2001 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.
  • 2002 James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1
  • 2007 Libya frees all six of the Medics in the HIV trial in Libya
  • 2009 FINA Congress votes to ban all body-length swimsuits; men's suits to maximally cover from the waist to knee, and women's from shoulder to knee; fabric must be a "textile" or woven material; effective 1 January 2010

Historic Publication

2012 Danielle Steel’s novel “Friends Forever: A Novel” is published

  • 2012 Four barrels containing 248 human fetuses are found in Sverdlovsk, Russia
  • 2012 John Dramani becomes President of Ghana after the death of President John Atta Mills
  • 2013 22 are left dead after a conflict between the Knights Templar Cartel and Mexican police in Michoacan
  • 2013 80 people are killed and 140 are injured after a high-speed train derails in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • 2014 116 people are killed after Air Algérie Flight 5017 crashed in Mali
  • 2014 Fuad Masum is elected as the President of Iraq
  • 2014 Over 10,000 Palestinians protest Israel's operation in Gaza; 2 Palestinians killed after Al-Aqsa Brigades members fire at Israeli forces
  • 2014 Reuven Rivlin is sworn in as the President of Israel

Historic Event

2015 US President Barack Obama begins an historic 2 day visit to Kenya

Historic Event

2017 Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner says he did not collude with Russia after meeting with Senate investigators

  • 2017 Polish President Andrzej Duda vetoes 2 laws to put Polish courts under political control
  • 2017 Taliban suicide bomber on a motorbikes kills at least 26 and injuries 50 in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 2017 Taliban suicide bus bombing in Kabul kills at least 38, mainly employees of Afghan ministry of mines and petroleum
  • 2018 First bison born in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, in 140 years, after being reintroduced
  • 2018 Wildfires near Athens, Greece, kill 91 with 104 injured, over 600 rescued from the coast by boats
  • 2019 10th million Mini car produced during its 60th anniversary year in Oxford, England
  • 2019 Facebook agrees to pay $5 billion fine, largest ever for violating consumer privacy, to the US Federal Trade Commission
  • 2019 Global warming is the fastest in 2,000 years and scientific consensus that humans are the cause is at 99%, according to three major reports published in journals "Nature" and "Nature Geoscience"

Historic Event

2019 New UK PM Boris Johnson drastically reshapes cabinet in his first day in office, appointing Dominic Raab as Foreign Secretary, Priti Patel as Home Secretary and Sajid Javid as Chancellor

  • 2019 Second heatwave of the summer in Western Europe sets record temperatures in Belgium in Kleine Brogel 39.9C (102F), for Netherlands in Eindhoven 39.3C (102F) and Germany at Geilenkirchen 40.5C (104F)

Election of Interest

2019 Special counsel Robert Mueller reports to the US Senate that President Trump was not exonerated of obstruction of justice and that Russia interfered in US election to benefit Trump

  • 2022 Heatwave across America's Northeast with many cities including Boston, St Louis and Philadelphia declaring heat emergencies [1]
  • 2022 Over 1,100 refugees rescued in separate operations across the Mediterranean in a few days by coast guards and charities, with five bodies recovered [1]

Papal Visit

2022 Pope Francis arrives in Edmonton, Canada, to begin “a penitential trip” to meet with and apologize to First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities for their treatment at church-run residential schools [1]

  • 2022 Wild monkey attacks on at least 42 people, including in their homes, in Yamaguchi city, Japan, led police to be armed with tranquilizer guns [1]