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Today In History

Here is what happened
on Sunday - June 24th...

History,  n.  One darn thing after another.

      Famous People Born On This Day In History...

1839Gustavus Franklin Swift, founder of Swift & Co.
      Today, this person is/would be 179 years old.
1842Ambose Bierce
      Today, this person is/would be 176 years old.
1942Michele Lee
      Today, this person is/would be 76 years old.
1947Peter Weller, actor, Robocop!
      Today, this person is/would be 71 years old.
1956Joe Penny, actor.
      Today, this person is/would be 62 years old.
1942Mick Fleetwood, drummer for Fleetwood Mac.
      Today, this person is/would be 76 years old.

      Events On This Day In History...

217Hannibal defeatz the Romans at Lago di Trasimeno in the Second Punic War.
451Attila the Hun raisez his siege of Orleans, France in a prelude to his being pushed out of France by a combined army of Romans and barbarians.
972Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces.
1128Battle 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 1143.
1314End of the Battle of Bannockburn. Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce defeat Edward II of England. Scotland regains its independence.
1340Hundred Years’ War: Battle of Sluys The French fleet was almost totally destroyed by the English Fleet commanded in person by Edward III of England.
1348The Order of the Garter founded by King Edward III of England. Motto: "Honi soit qui mal y pense", which is Old French for "shame upon him who thinks evil of it".
1374A 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.
1441Eton College founded.
1497John Cabot claims either Cape Breton Island or Newfoundland or Labrador for Henry VII of England. (Well, the maps weren’t all that good in those days.) In any event, it was the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings several hundred years earlier.
1497Cornish traitors Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank executed at Tyburn, London
1509Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon crowned King and Queen of England.
1534Jacques Cartier makes the European discovery of what is today the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island.
1535The Anabaptist state of Münster is conquered and disbanded.
1597The first Dutch voyage to the East Indies reaches Bantam on Java.
1662The Dutch attempt but fail to capture Macau.
1692Kingston, Jamaica is founded.
1717The Grand Lodge of England, the first Freemasonic Grand Lodge (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London, England.
1793First republican constitution in France adopted.
1794Bowdoin College is founded.
1812Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon’s Grande Armée crosses the Neman River beginning his invasion of Russia.
1813Battle of Beaver Dams in the War of 1812. A British, and Indian joint force defeat the US army.
1817First coffee planted in Hawaii, on the Kona coast.
1821Battle of Carabobo Battle of Carabobo was the decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain.
1859Battle of Solferino: (Battle of the Three Sovereigns). Sardinia and France defeat Austria in Solferino, northern Italy.
1880First performance of O Canada, the song which would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.
1894The International Olympic Committee decides to hold the Olympic Games every four years.
1901First exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s work opens.
1902King Edward VII of the United Kingdom develops appendicitis, delaying his coronation.
1913Greece and Serbia annul their alliance with Bulgaria.
1913Joseph Cook becomes the 6th Prime Minister of Australia.
1916Mary Pickford, a Canadian known as "America’s sweetheart", becomes first female film star to get a million dollar contract.
1916Battle of the Somme begins with a week long artillery bombardment on the German Line.
1918First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.
1928With declining business, the Great Gorge and International Railway begins using one-person crews on trolley operations in Canada.
1932A military coup ends the absolute power of the king of Siam known today as Thailand.
1945Moscow Victory Parade marking the end of the European part of World War II.
1946Georges Bidault becomes Prime Minister of France.
1947First modern reported sighting of Flying Saucers, seen near Mt. Ranier, Washington by Kenneth Arnold of Boise, Idaho.
1948Start of the Berlin Blockade. The Soviet Union makes overland travel between the West with West Berlin impossible.
1949The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, is aired on NBC starring William Boyd as the good guy.
1957The US Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.
1963Zanzibar is granted internal self-government by the UK.
1981What would be the world’s longest single-span suspension bridge for 17 years (1,410 metres or 4,626 feet long), the Humber Bridge, opens in England connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
1983Yasir Arafat banned from Damascus.
1989A new world record is set for spitting a water melon seed. The distance:   68’ 9.5" (about 21 metres).
2002The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history.
2004Habib Dodo, the general secretary of the Communist Youth of Côte d’Ivoire is assassinated by pro-government forces.
2004In New York, the death penalty is declared unconstitutional.
2016David Cameron resigns as British Prime Minister the day after UK voters decided in a referendum Britain should leave the EU.

      And Don't Forget...

                        St. Jean Baptiste Day -- Quebec’s fête nationale.
                        Midsummer Day, celebrated in Europe.

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