24th July, on this day

1132 Battle of Nocera between Ranulf II of Alife and Roger II of Sicily.
1148 Louis VII of France lays siege to Damascus during the Second Crusade.
1411 Battle of Harlaw, one of the bloodiest battles on Scottish soil.
1487 Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands strike against ban on foreign beer.
1534 French explorer Jacques Cartier lands at Gaspe in Canada and claims the territory for France
1567 In England, the abdication of Mary Queen of Scots
1651 Anthony Johnson, a free black, receives grant of 250 acres in Va
1673 Edmund Halley enters Queen's College, Oxford, as an undergraduate
1683 1st settlers from Germany to US, leave aboard the Concord
1701 Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit.
1704 Great Britain takes Gibralter from Spain
1758 George Washington admitted to Virginia House of Burgess
1783 Georgia becomes a protectorate of tsarist Russia
1799 William Clark (of Lewis & Clark) is willed the slave York
1823 Slavery is abolished in Chile
1832 Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by using Wyoming's South Pass.
1824 World's first public opinion poll is carried out in Wilmington, Delaware, USA to discover voting intentions in the forthcoming US presidential election
1847 Brigham Young and his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, UT
1847 Rotary-type printing press patented by Richard March Hoe, NYC
1864 Battle of Kernstown - Confederate General Jubal Early defeats Union army troops led by General George Crook in an effort to keep them out of the Shenandoah Valley.
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
1883 Captain Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English channel (1875) drowns while attempting to swim the rapids at Niagara Falls
1900 Race riot in New Orleans, 2 white policemen killed
1901 O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank.
1908 56 runners begin the London marathon from the East Lawn of Windsor castle. An extra 385 yards is added to the 26 mile course so the runners finish in front of the Royal Box at White City Stadium
1911 Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu "the Lost City of the Incas".
1915 Excursion ship Eastland capsizes in Lake Michigan, 852 die
1919 Race Riot in Washington DC (6 killed, 100 wounded)
1923 Allied Powers and Turkey sign peace treaty, Lausanne
1924 The World Chess Federation FIDE is founded in Paris.
1925 At Guy's Hospital in London, six year old Patricia Cheeseman becomes the first person to be successfully treated with insulin
1925 Scopes guilty of teaching evolution in a Tn, fined $100 and costs
1927 The Menin Gate war memorial is unveiled at Ypres.
1929 President Hoover proclaims Kellogg-Briand Pact which renounces war
1931 A fire at a home for aged people in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania kills 48 people.
1934 1st ptarmigan hatched and reared in captivity, Ithaca, NY
1935 The world's first children's railway opens in Tbilisi, USSR.
1935 The dust bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109°F (44°C) in Chicago and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1936 In Britain, the GPO (General Post Office) introduces TIM - the automated speaking clock using the voice of Miss Ethel Cain - a telephonist at the GPO's Victoria telephone exchange in London
1937 Alabama drops charges against 5 blacks accused of rape in Scottsboro
1943 Operation Gomorrah begins: British and Canadian aeroplanes bomb Hamburg by night, those of the Americans by day. By the end of the operation in November, 9,000 tons of explosives will have killed more than 30,000 people and destroyed 280,000 buildings.
1948 Soviets blockades Berlin from the west
1950 V-2/WAC Corporal rocket launch; 1st launch from Cape Canaveral
1952 President Truman settles 53-day steel strike
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.
1959 VP Nixon argued with Khrushchev, known as "Kitchen Debate"
1961 Beginning of a trend, a US commercial plane is hijrefui acked to Cuba
1963 124 Unification church couples wed in Korea
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.
1965 Bob Dylan release "Like a Rolling Stone"
1966 After a local and national campaign, the Cavern Club in Liverpool - where the Beatles first performed - is re-opened. British Prime Minister Harold Wilson performs the opening ceremony
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.
1967 Beatles sign a petition in The Times to legalise marijuana
1967 Charles de Gaulle says 'Vive le Quebec libre! Long live free Quebec!'
1967 Race riot in Cambridge, Maryland
1969 Apollo 11 returns to Earth
1969 Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing induction in US Army on appeal
1972 Bugojno group caught by Croatian Army.
1972 Jigme Singye Wangchuk becomes king of Bhutan at 16
1974 Supreme Court unanimously rules Nixon must turn over Watergate tapes
1974 After the Turkish invasion of Cyprus the Greek military junta collapses and democracy is restored.
1975 Apollo 18 returns to Earth
1977 End of a four day long Libyan-Egyptian War.
1978 "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" premeirs in NYC
1982 Heavy massive rain and mudslide occurred, some bridge destroyed at Nagasaki, Japan, 299 killed.
1985 Gandhi signs peace contract with Sikh leader Harchand Singh Longowai
1986 'Live Aid' organiser Bob Geldof is made an honorary knight of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire
1986 US Federal jury convicts navy radioman Jerry Whitworth of espionage
1987 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.3 (updated) released
1990 Iraqi forces start massing on the Kuwait/Iraq border.
1991 University of Manchester scientist announce finding a planet outside of
the solar system
1991 Government of India announces the New Industrial Policy, marking the start of India's economic reforms.
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 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.
2005 Lance Armstrong wins his seventh consecutive Tour de France.
2007 Libya frees all six of the Medics in the HIV trial in Libya.

24th July 2006

Rice holds key talks in Lebanon

WTO global trade talks collapse

EU to fund embryo cell research

24th July 2007

Bulgarian HIV medics released

US accuses Iran after Iraq talks

Mugabe vows to save sick economy

24th July 2008

Female bomber kills eight in Iraq

French nuclear leaks concern

US cancer boss in mobiles warning

24th July 2009

Calcutta hit by transport strike

New lizard species found in India

Shanghai urges 'two-child policy'

24th July 2010

Stampede at German Love festival kills 15

Pakistan drone attack kills 16

2 US servicemen seized by Taliban

Birthdates which occurred on 24th July :

1783 Sim¢n Bol¡var freed 6 Latin American republics from Spanish rule
1796 John Middleton Clayton Delaware, (Sen-Del)/US Sec of State (1849-50)
1802 Alexandre Dumas PŠre France, author (3 Musketeers)
1802 Ira Aldridge famous African
1803 Alexander Jackson Davis US, architect (gothic revivalist)
1842 Ambrose Bierce Ohio, writer (Nuggets & Dust)
1857 Henrik Pontoppidan Denmark, realist writer (Nobel 1971)
1870 Fred Law Olmsted Jr architect/landscaper
1878 Lord Edward Dunsany Ireland, dramatist/poet (Mirage Water)
1880 Ernest Bloch Geneva, Switzerland, composer (MacBeth)
1895 Robert Graves England, poet/historical novelist (I, Claudius)
1898 Amelia Earhart into the wild blue yonder
19-- John Aniston actor (Search for Tomorrow, Victor-Day of our Lives)
19-- Maeve McGuire Cleveland Oh, actress (Maude Palmer-Beacon Hill)
19-- Michael Richards LA Calif, comedian (Fridays)
1900 Zelda Fitzgerald 1st wife of F Scott
1902 Nora Swinburne England, actress (Quo Vardis, Dinner at Ritz, River)
1904 James R Killian Jr MIT pres (1948-59)
1913 Johnny McAfee Dallas Tx, singer (Sammy Kaye Show)
1914 Frank Silvera Kingston Jamaica, actor (High Chaparral)
1914 Kenneth B Clark Canal Zone, civil rights activist (Dark Ghetto)
1916 Bob Eberly Mechanicsville NY, singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band)
1916 John D MacDonald novelist (Deep Blue Goodbye)
1917 Simon Slattvik Norway, cross country ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1952)
1918 Ruggiero Ricci SF Calif, violinist (Paganini)
1920 Alexander H Cohen NYC, Broadway producer (Beyond the Fringe)
1920 Bella Abzug (Rep-D-NY)
1926 Hans-Gnther Winkler Germany, equestrian jumper (Olympic-gold-1956)
1930 Jacqueline Brookes Montclair NJ, actress (Nora-Jack & Mike)
1932 William D Ruckelshaus headed Environmental Protection Agency
1934 Willie Davis NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay)
1935 Adnan Khashnoggi Saudi businessman/financier
1936 Mark Goddard Lowell Mass, actor (Don West-Lost in Space)
1936 Ruth Buzzi Westerly RI, comedienne (Laugh-In, Margie-That Girl)
1939 Bob Lilly NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
1942 Chris Sarandon US, actor (Child's Play, Dog Day Afternoon, Lipstick)
1947 Peter Serkin NYC, pianist (Tashi)
1947 Robert Hays Bethesda Md, actor (Airplane!, Starman, Scandalous)
1950 Sam Behrens actor (General Hospital, LA Law)
1951 Lynda Carter Phoenix Az, Miss USA/actress (Wonder Woman, Billie Jo)
1953 Steve Grogan NFL QB (New England Patriots)
1955 Lubov Odinokova USSR, team handball (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
1963 Kadeem Hardison actor (Dwayne-Different World)
1963 Paul Geary Boston Mass, heavy metal drummer (Extreme-More Than Words)
1968 John P Navin Jr Phila, actor (Joey Elliot-Jennifer Slept Here)
1990 Evan James Springsteen LA Calif, rocker Bruce Springsteen's son


Deaths which occurred on July 24th:
1862 Martin Van Buren 8th pres, dies in Kinderhook NY
1954 Mary Church Terrell educator/civil rights leader, dies at 90
1966 Montgomery Clift actor, dies at 45
1972 Bobby Ramirez drummer (White Trash), killed at 23 in bar brawl
1974 Chris Chubbock newscaster shoots self on air
1979 Archie Duncan actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 65
1980 Peter Sellers dies at 54
1991 Isaac Bashevis Singer Nobel prize winning author, dies at 87