24 JULY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Simon Bolivar, 1783
  • Alexander Dumas (pere), 1802
  • Franz Wedekind, 1864
  • Lord Dunsany, 1878
  • Robert Graves, 1895
  • Amelia Earhart, 1898
  • Bella Abzug, 1920
  • Alexander H. Cohen, 1920
  • Peter Yates, 1929
  • Pat Oliphant, 1935
  • Ruth Buzzi, 1936
  • Robert Hays, 1947
  • Michael Richards, 1949
  • Lynda Carter, 1951
  • Karl Malone, 1963
  • Barry Bonds, 1964
  • Jennifer Lopez, 1970
  • Anna Paquin, 1982

Died On This Day:

  • St. Simeon the Stylite, AD 459
  • Don Carlos (Spain), 1568
  • Martin Van Buren, 1862
  • Sacha Guitry, 1957
  • Constance Bennett, 1965
  • Peter Sellers, 1980
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1991
  • William Brennan, 1997
  • Tiny Rowland, 1998
  • Sherman Hemsley, 2012

Today's Events:

  • 1534 - Explorer Jacques Cartier lands in Canada and claims it for France.
  • 1567 - 1 year-old James VI becomes King of Scotland on abdication of mother, Mary Queen of Scots.
  • 1701 - Detroit settlement established by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac who claims it for Louis XIV of France.
  • 1704 - Gibralter taken by the British.
  • 1799 - Napoleon defeats Turks at Aboukir.
  • 1837 - Indian post office established.
  • 1847 - Brigham Young names territory 'State of Desert.' Later, US government changes it to Utah.
  • 1847 - Brigham Young and 143 followers fleeing from persecution in Iowa reach the Great Salt Lake.
  • 1910 - The stories of Paul Bunyon first published in the Detroit News Tribune.
  • 1911 - Archaeologist Hiram Bingham discovers Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Incas.
  • 1915 - Excursion steamship 'Eastland' sinks in Chicago River; 812 die.
  • 1925 - John Scopes found guilty in 'Monkey Trial' and fined $100 for teaching evolution in Dayton TN.
  • 1946 - U.S. explodes first underwater atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
  • 1954 - Voice bounced off moon: James Trexler speaks at US Naval Research Lab and bounce back 21/2 secs.
  • 1969 - Apollo XI returns to earth after historic moon landing.
  • 1989 - Time Inc. merges with Warner Communications; Time Warner Inc. born 5:01 p.m. (EDT).
  • 2009 - U.S. minimum wage rises to $7.25 per hour from $6.55.
  • 2011 - Gay marriages now legal in New York State, the sixth state after VT, NH, CT, IA and MA; 823 same-sex couples wed.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Christine
  • Boris and Gleb

Holiday:

  • Pioneer Day in Utah commemorating Mormons arrival
  • Simon Boliver's birthday celebrated in Venezuela

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • JAGANNATH, RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • NEBUTA, Japanese Festival at peak of summer to drive off lethargy
  • SOMA NOMAOI, Japanese Festival of samurai equestrian displays

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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