24th June, on this day

451 10th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
972 Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces
1128 Battle of São Mamede, near Guimarães. Portuguese forces led by Alfonso I defeat his mother D.Teresa and D.Fernão Peres de Trava. After this battle, the future king calls himself "Prince of Portugal", the first step towards "official independence" in 1139, after the Battle of Ourique.
1314 Battle of Bannockburn; Scotland regains independence from England
1322 Jews are expelled from France
1340 Hundred Years' War: Battle of Sluys The French fleet was almost totally destroyed by the English Fleet commanded in person by Edward III of England.
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.
1440 Eton College founded by Henry VI
1497 John Cabot claims eastern Canada for England
1509 Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon crowned King and Queen of England.
1535 Anabaptists Protestants conquerered & disbanded
1540 Henry VIII divorces his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves
1571 Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founded Manila, the capital of the Republic of the Philippines.
1597 The first Dutch voyage to the East Indies reaches Bantam (on Java).
1647 Lord Baltimore's niece ejected requesting vote at Maryland Council
1662 Dutch invasion of Macau repulsed (Macau Day)
1664 The colony of New Jersey is founded.
1692 Kingston, Jamaica is founded.
1717 The Grand Lodge of the English Freemasons is founded in London
1778 David Rittenhouse observes a total solar eclipse in Philadelphia
1793 1st republican constitution in France adopted
1812 Napoleon's Grande Armée crosses the Neman River beginning his invasion of Russia.
1813 Battle of Beaver Dam-British and Indian forces defeat US forces
1817 1st coffee planted in Hawaii on Kona coast
1821 Battle of Carabobo; Bol¡var defeats royalists outside of Caracas
1859 Swiss businessman Henri Dunant witnesses the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino in Italy - the large number of wounded soldiers, many of whom later die from their injuries, inspires him to found the International Red Cross
1861 Tennessee becomes 11th (& last) state to secede from US
1866 Battle of Custoza: an Austrian army defeats the Italian army during the Austro-Prussian War
1878 Formation of the St John Ambulance - originally called the St John Ambulance Association
1881 200 drown as train runs off bridge near Cuautla Mexico
1894 Marie Francois Sadi Carnot assassinated by Sante Geronimo Caserio.
1894 Decision to begin modern Olympics every 4 years
1897 Hail injures 26 in Topeka, Kansas
1898 American troops, drive Spanish forces from La Guasimas Cuba
1901 First exhibition of Pablo Picasso's work opens.
1902 King Edward VII of the United Kingdom develops appendicitis, delaying his coronation.
1913 Greece and Serbia annul their alliance with Bulgaria.
1916 Mary Pickford becomes first female film star to get million dollar contract.
1916 Battle of the Somme begins with a week long artillery bombardment on the German Line.
1917 World War I: Mutiny of Russian sailors serving with the Black Sea fleet at Sevastopol
1920 Chuvash Autonomous Region formed in RSFSR
1930 1st radar detection of planes, Anacostia DC
1932 Coup ends absolute monarchy in Thailand
1938 A 450 metric ton meteorite strikes the earth in an empty field near Chicora, Pennsylvania.
1939 Pan Am's 1st US to England flight
1940 France signs an armistice with Italy during WW II
1945 Moscow Victory Parade
1947 The world hears the first stories of 'flying saucers' when American pilot Kenneth Arnold reports seeing 9 disc-shaped objects in the sky near Mount Rainier in Washington, USA
1948 The beginning of the Berlin Airlift following the USSR blockade of Berlin. With West Berlin completely surrounded by East Germany and with the road and rail links to West Germany having been cut, Western Europe, aided by the Americans ferry food and other essential supplies into West Berlin by air. The operation, involving more than 1,000 flights, lasts several months
1949 "Hopalong Cassidy" becomes 1st network western (NBC)
1949 Cargo airlines 1st licensed by US Civil Aeronautics Board
1955 Harmon Killebrew hits his 1st HR (off Billy Hoeff)
1961 Beatles record "If You Love Me Baby"
1963 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
1963 Zanzibar granted internal self-government by Britain
1966 Bombay-NY Air India flight crashes into Mont Blanc (Switz), 117 die
1966 Period of relative peace following WW II exceeds that following WW I
1968 Start of the first Open Wimbledon lawn tennis championships - open to both professional and amateur players
1968 Joe Frazier TKOs Manda Ramos for world heavyweight boxing title
1971 In Britain, Queen Elizabeth II opens the new Mersey Tunnel under the River Mersey in Liverpool
1975 113 killed in Eastern Boeing 727 crash at JFK
1975 Eastern 727 crashes at JFK Airport NY, kills 113
1977 IRS reveals Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976
1981 What would be the world's longest single-span suspension bridge for 17 years, the Humber Bridge opens, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
1982 Jean-Loup Chretien, 1st spacionaut, 2 others, lift off (Soyuz T-16)
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.
1983 Space Shuttle program: STS-7 Mission Sally Ride, first female American astronaut, returns to earth.
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.
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.
1994 A United States Air Force B-52 aircraft crashes at Fairchild Air Force Base, killing all four members of its crew.
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.
2002 The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history.
2004 Habib Dodo, the general secretary of the Communist Youth of Côte d'Ivoire is assassinated by pro-government forces.
2004 In New York, capital punishment was declared unconstitutional.
2007 The Angora Fire starts near South Lake Tahoe, California destroying 200+ structures in its first 48 hours.

24th June 2006

US-led forces 'kill 65 Taleban'

US fears home-grown terror threat

US TV legend Aaron Spelling dies

24th June 2007

Storms in Karachi kill 200 people

Lebanon 'bomb' kills UN soldiers

'Chemical Ali' sentenced to hang

24th June 2008

Baghdad office bombing kills 10

Taleban's '$100m opium takings'

Bodies found in Philippine ferry

24th June 2009

'Dozens dead' in Baghdad bombing

Protesters 'in new Iran clashes'

Ex-detainees allege Bagram abuse

24th June 2010

12 die on Spanish train track

Bomb blast hits Greece's public order ministry

Australia has its first woman PM

Birthdates which occurred on 24th June :

1771 E I Du Pont France, chemist/scientist (Du Pont)
1783 Johann Heinrich von Thnen economist/geographer/farmer
1797 John Hughes archbishop, founded Fordham University in the Bronx
1813 Henry Ward Beecher Litchfield Ct, clergyman/orator (The Independent)
1839 Gustavus Franklin Swift founded Swift & Co
1842 Ambrose Bierce US, satirist (Devil's Dictionary)
1850 Horatio Herbert Kitchener England, original Order of Merit member
1895 Jack Dempsey heavyweight boxing champion (1919-26) (Manassa Mauler)
19-- Jeff Cease rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker)
19-- Joe Colligan actor (Days of Our Life)
1901 Harry Partch Oakland Calif, composer (Oedipus)
1903 Phil Harris singer/actor (Anything Goes)
1909 Milton Katims NYC, conductor/violist (WOR-NYC)
1912 Norman Cousins editor (Saturday Review)
1915 Sir Fred Hoyle cosmologist, proposed steady-state universe theory
1916 John Ciardi poet/critic (translated Dante)
1919 Al Molinaro Kenosha Wisc, actor (Odd Couple, Happy Days)
1922 Roy Elihu Travis NYC, composer (Passion of Dedipus)
1922 Sibohan McKenna Ireland, stage actress (Saint Joan)
1923 Jack Carter Bkln NY, comedian/actor (Amazing Dobermans, Octagon)
1930 Claude Chabrol Paris France, director (Les Cousins, Oph‚ila)
1932 David McTaggart cofounded Greenpeace
1935 Pete Hamill journalist (NY Post)
1935 Terry Riley Colfax Calif, composer (Spectra)
1938 Boris Lagutin USSR, light-middleweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1964, 68)
1938 Walter Willison Monterrey Park Calif, actor (McDuff the Talking Dog)
1942 Michele Lee LA Calif, actress/singer (Karen-Knots Landing, Love Bug)
1942 Mick Fleetwood drummer (Fleetwood Mac) (or 1947)
1943 Georg Stanford Brown Havana Cuba, actor (Terry Webster-Rookies)
1944 Arthur Brown England, rocker (Fire)
1944 Bruce Johnston rocker (Beachboys-Surfin' Girl)
1944 Jeff Beck Surrey England, singer/songwriter (Jeff Beck Group)
1945 Betty Stove Netherlands, tennis player (US Doubles 1972)
1945 Colin Blunstone rocker (Zombies-Never Even Thought)
1946 Ellison S Onizuka Hawaii, Mjr USAF/ast (STS 51C, 51L-Chal disaster)
1947 Peter Weller actor (Robocop, 1st Born, Of Unknown Origin)
1950 Nancy Allen NYC, actress (Carrie, 1941, Robocop, Dress to Kill)
1951 Ivar Formo Norway, 50K cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1976)
1956 Joe Penny actor (Jake & the Fatman)
1957 Astro rocker (UB40-Red Red Wine)
1958 Victor M Gerena NYC, security guard robbed $7 million (FBI wanted)
1959 Andy McClusky rocker (Orchestal Manoeveres in the Dark-Electricity)
1961 Curt Smith rocker (Tears for Fears-Shout)
1961 Natalya Shaposhnikova USSR, sidehorse vaulter (Olympic-gold-1980)
1965 Danielle Spencer Bronx, actress (Dee Thomas-What's Happening)
1969 Melissa Gurney Calif, tennis player (Virginia Slims of SD, 1986)
1970 Glenn Medeiros singer (Someday Love)


Deaths which occurred on June 24th:
1908 Grover Cleveland 22nd & 24th Pres, dies in Princeton, at 71
1922 Dr Walter Rathenau German foreign minister killed by anti-semites
1971 Kenneth Washington actor (Sgt Baker-Hogan's Heroes), dies at 53
1984 William Keighley actor, dies of a stroke at 94
1987 Jackie Gleason actor (Honeymooners), dies at 71 in Fort Lauderdale

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