Famous Events on this Day in History, June 24:

451 - 10th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
843 - Vikings destroy Nantes
972 - Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces, takes place.
1128 - Afonso I of Portugal defeats army of his mother Theresa
1298 - Rindfleish Persecutions-Jews of Ifhauben Austria massacred
1314 - Battle of Bannockburn; Scotland regains independence from England
1322 - Jews are expelled from France for 3rd time
1340 - Battle at Lock: English fleet beats France/Genuezen, 10-30,000 killed
1340 - In the Hundred Years War, British fleet destroys French at Sluys
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.
1396 - Crusaders under earl of Nevers reach Vienna
1397 - Sultan Bajezid I release caught crusaders free, for ransom
1441 - Eton College founded by Henry VI
1472 - Zoe Paleologa departs Rome for Moscow
1497 - John Cabot claims eastern Canada for England (believes he found Asia in Nova Scotia)
1497 - Cornish traitors Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank are executed at Tyburn, London.
1509 - Henry VIII crowned King of England
1522 - Battle at La Bicocca: Emperor Karel V beats France
1522 - Portuguese Antonio de Brita signs treaty island of Ternate Molukkas
1527 - Gustaaf I begins Reformation in Sweden, taking RC possessions
1529 - Zurich & catholic kantons sign Peace of Kappel
1535 - Anabaptists Protestants conquered & disbanded
1535 - Hessische troops occupy Munster
1540 - Henry VIII divorces his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves
1572 - 5 clergymen of Enkhuizen, hanged
1597 - Cornelis de Houtman's fleet reaches Bantam, West Java
1610 - Battle at Klushino: King Sigismund II beats Russia & Sweden
1619 - Tsar Michails father Filaret becomes patriarch of Moscow
1647 - Lord Baltimore's niece ejected requesting vote at Maryland Council
1648 - Cossacks slaughter 2,000 Jews & 600 Polish Catholics in Ukraine
1658 - French fleet recaptures Duinkerk
1662 - Dutch invasion of Macau repulsed (Macau Day)
1664 - The colony of New Jersey is founded.
1690 - King Willem III's army lands at Carrickfergus Ireland [OS=June 14]
1692 - Kingston Jamaica founded
1717 - 1st Free Masons' grand lodge founded in London
1748 - The Kingswood School is opened by John Wesley and his brother Charles Wesley in Bristol. The school later moved to Bath.
1778 - David Rittenhouse observes a total solar eclipse in Philadelphia
1793 - 1st republican constitution in France adopted
1794 - Bowdoin College is founded.
1795 - US & Great Britain sign Jay Treaty, 1st US extradition treaty
1806 - English under commodore Popham/col Beresford reach Buenos Aires
1813 - Battle of Beaver Dam-British & Indian forces defeat US forces
1817 - 1st coffee planted in Hawaii on Kona coast
1821 - Battle of Carabobo; Bolívar defeats royalists outside of Caracas
1841 - Fordham University (then St John's College), opens in the Bronx
1843 - Vincenzo Soliva decrees no Jew can live outside of ghetto in Italy
1846 - Residency tax on Jews of Hungary abolished
1853 - Gadsden Purchase 29,670-square-mile (76,800 square km) from Mexico (now southern Arizona and New Mexico) for $10 million signed by President Franklin Pierce
1859 - Battle of Solferino, N-Italy: France/Sardinia-Austria
1861 - Battle of Mathias Point, VA-US attacks Confederate batteries
1861 - Tennessee becomes 11th (& last) state to secede from US
1863 - Planning an invasion of Pennsylvania, Lee's army crosses Potomac
1866 - 2nd Battle at Custozza: Prussian-Austria beats Italian army
1880 - First performance of O Canada, the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.
1881 - 200 drown as train runs off bridge near Cuautla Mexico
1882 - NL expels umpire Richard Higham for dishonesty
1884 - John Lynch is 1st black elected chairman of Republican convention
1885 - British government of Salisbury forms
1885 - Samuel David Ferguson becomes 1st US black bishop
1894 - Decision to hold modern Olympics every 4 years
1894 - Marie Francois Sadi Carnot is assassinated by Sante Geronimo Caserio.
1897 - Hail injures 26 in Topeka Kansas
1898 - American troops, drive Spanish forces from La Guasimas Cuba
1900 - Dutch Social-Democratic Worker's party & Socialistenbond merge
1901 - 1st exhibition by Pablo Picasso, 19, opens in Paris
1901 - Jewish National Fund starts
1902 - King Edward VII develops appendicitis, delaying his coronation.
1903 - Russia prohibits meetings dealing with Zionist
1908 - Yanks replace Clark Griffith with Kid Elberfeld as manager who is destined to have worse won-lost pct of any Yankee mgr 27-71 (.276)
1909 - 15th US Golf Open: George Sargent shoots a 290 at Englewood GC NJ
1910 - 50th British Golf Open: James Braid shoots a 299 at St Andrews Scot
1911 - 17th US Golf Open: John McDermott shoots a 307 at Chicago GC in Ill
1913 - 53rd British Golf Open: J H Taylor shoots a 304 at Hoylake Hoylake
1914 - King Peter I of Serbia names son Alexander the Prince-regent
1916 - Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.
1917 - Russian Black Sea fleet mutiny at Sebastopol
1920 - Chuvash Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR
1922 - AFPA changes name to NFL, Chicago Staleys become Chicago Bears
1923 - Pope Pius XI speaks against allies occupying Ruhrgebied
1924 - 59th British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 301 at Hoylake Hoylake
1928 - 32nd US Golf Open: Johnny Farrell shoots a 294 at Olympia Fields Ill
1928 - With declining business, the Great Gorge and International Railway begins using one-person crews on trolley operations in Canada.
1930 - 1st radar detection of planes, Anacostia DC
1930 - Ground is broken for construction of Cleveland Stadium
1931 - USSR & Afghanistan sign neutrality treaty
1932 - Coup ends absolute monarchy in Thailand
1936 - Joe DiMaggio becomes 5th to hit 2 HRs in 1 inn, Yanks beat Browns 18-4
1936 - Mary McLeod Bethune named director of Negro Affairs in Natl Youth Adm
1938 - 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
1939 - Pan Am's 1st US to England flight
1940 - France signs an armistice with Italy during WW II
1941 - Entire Jewish male population of Gorzhdy Lithuania, exterminated
1941 - Germans advanced into Russia & took Vilna, Brest-Litovsk & Kaunas
1942 - Admiral Ernest King orders Tulagi (Solomon Island) reconquered
1942 - Africa Corps occupy Egypt
1943 - Allies begin 10-day bombing on Hamburg
1945 - Schermerhorn govt forms
1945 - The Moscow Victory Parade takes place.
1946 - 11.72" (29.77 cm) of rainfall at Mellen Wisc (state 24-hr record)
1946 - Georges Bidault elected premier of France
1947 - 29th PGA Championship: Jim Ferrier at Plum Hollow CC Detroit
1947 - Flying saucers sighted over Mount Rainier by pilot Ken Arnold
1947 - Jackie Robinson swipes home for 1st of 19 times in his career
1947 - Jim Ferrier wins PGA golf tournament
1948 - Republican Natl Convention in Phila nominates NY gov Thomas Dewey
1948 - Soviet Union begins Berlin Blockade
1949 - "Hopalong Cassidy" becomes 1st network western (NBC)
1949 - A M de Jong's murderer, Ton van Gog arrested in Scheveningen Neth
1949 - Cargo airlines 1st licensed by US Civil Aeronautics Board
1950 - Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Western Women's Golf Open
1950 - French government-Bidault resigns
1950 - NY Giant Wes Westrum hits 3 HRs & a triple
1951 - Persian army takes over nationalized oil installations
1953 - KSWS (now KOBR) TV channel 8 in Roswell, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting
1954 - "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" closes at Imperial NYC after 229 perf
1955 - Harmon Killebrew hits his 1st HR (off Billy Hoeff)
1956 - "Steve Allen Show," returns on NBC-TV
1956 - 2nd LPGA Championship won by Marlene Hagge
1956 - WISC TV channel 3 in Madison, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
1957 - "I Love Lucy," last airs on CBS-TV
1957 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment in Roth v. United States.
1960 - Geoff Griffin takes a hat-trick South Africa v England Lord's
1961 - "Happiest Girl in the World" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 perfs
1961 - Beatles record "If You Love Me Baby"
1961 - Iraq demands dominion over Kuwait
1962 - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA J E McAuliffe Golf Tournament
1962 - Jack Reed's 22nd-inning HR wins longest NY Yankee game in history
1963 - 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
1963 - Levi Eshkol forms Israeli govt
1963 - Zanzibar granted internal self-government by Britain
1964 - FTC rules health warnings must appear on all cigarette packages
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
1967 - Pope Paul VI publishes encyclical Sacerdotalis coelibatus
1967 - Zaire adopts constitution
1968 - 14th LPGA Championship won by Sandra Post
1968 - Australia all out for 78 v England at Lord's
1968 - Deadline for redeeming silver certificate dollars for silver bullion
1968 - Jim Northrup hits 2 grand-slammers to help Tigers beat Cleve 14-3
1968 - Joe Frazier TKOs Manuel Ramos in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
1968 - Resurrection City in Wash DC closed permanently
1970 - "Catch 22" opens in movie theaters
1970 - Bobby Murcer ties record of 4 consecutive HRs
1970 - Reds play final game at Cincinnati's Crosley Field, beat Giants 5-4
1970 - Senate votes overwhelmingly to repeal Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
1972 - "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6
1972 - Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of US (US Air Force)
1972 - Yvonne Braitwaite Burke becomes 1st black chair in Dem convention
1973 - Marlene Raymond (15), limboes under a flaming bar at 6 1/8"
1973 - Susie Berning wins LPGA Heritage Village Golf Open
1974 - India all out for 42 in Lord's Test cricket in 77 mins
1974 - Steve Busby retires 1st 9 White Sox to set AL record with 33 consecutive batters retired
1975 - Eastern 727 crashes at JFK Airport NY, kills 113
1975 - Moon tremor perceived (hit by Taurid meteors)
1976 - 1975 movie "Rocky Horror Picture Show" released in Germany
1977 - IRS reveals Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976
1979 - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
1979 - Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland & steals his 1st base
1980 - Affirmed wins $500,000 Hollywood Cup, 1st horse to win $2 million
1982 - Equal Rights Amendment goes down to defeat
1982 - Jean-Loup Chretien, 1st spacionaut, 2 others, lift off (Soyuz T-16)
1982 - Soyuz T-6 Launch (USSR)
1982 - Supreme Court rules pres can't be sued for actions in office
1983 - 7th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 2 lands at Edwards AFB
1983 - Don Sutton becomes 8th pitcher to strikeout 3,000 batters
1984 - Joe Morgan sets career HR mark for 2nd basemen with #265
1984 - Laurie Rinker wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
1985 - 18th Space Shuttle Mission (51-G)-Discovery 5 returns to Earth
1985 - Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-F
1986 - Guy Hunt elected 1st Republican governor of Alabama in 112 years
1986 - US Senate approves "tax reform"
1987 - CFL's Montreal Alouettes fold
1987 - Salt Lake City Trappers begin pro baseball record 29 consec win streak
1988 - Cleve pitcher Doug Jones sets record of 14 consecutive saves
1988 - Red Sox begin AL record 23rd consecutive home win streak
1989 - Cards Vince Coleman steals record 39th & 40th consecutive bases
1990 - Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
1991 - NHL adopts instant-replay & tenth of second clock in final minute
1992 - Billy Joel, gets an honorary diploma from Hicksville HS at 43
1992 - Commissioner Fay Vincent permanently bans Steve Howe from baseball
1992 - Eddie Antar, CEO (Crazy Eddies), $74 m stock fraud caught in Israel
1992 - John Gotti begins life sentence in jail
1993 - Arab terror group plans bombing of Holland/Lincoln Tunnels caught
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 - 1st French "all news" TV (LCI) begins broadcasting
1994 - Jeff Bagwell of Astros is 28th to hit 2 HRs in an inning
1994 - Sally Fields files for divorce from 2nd husband Alan Greisman
1995 - Stanley Cup: NJ Devils sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
1997 - Melissa Drexler, 18, charged with killing her baby during her prom
1997 - USAF reports Roswell 'space aliens' were dummies
1997 - 4-1, Mark McGwire his a 538 foot HR
1997 - Seat Mariner Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Oakland A's but loses
2002 - The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history.
2004 - In New York, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.
2007 - The Angora Fire starts near South Lake Tahoe, California destroying 200+ structures in its first 48 hours.
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