Today in History, English
Today in History, English

72061June 24Event1604 – Samuel de Champlain discovers the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
72062June 24Event1622 – Battle of Macau: The Dutch attempt but fail to capture Macau.
72063June 24Event1717 – The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London.
72064June 24Event1762 – Battle of Wilhelmsthal: The British-Hanoverian army of Ferdinand of Brunswick defeats French forces in Westphalia.
72065June 24Event1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Great Siege of Gibraltar begins.
72066June 24Event1793 – The first Republican constitution in France is adopted.
72067June 24Event1812 – Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon's Grande Armée crosses the Neman river beginning the invasion of Russia.
72068June 24Event1813 – Battle of Beaver Dams: A British and Indian combined force defeats the United States Army.
72069June 24Event1821 – The Battle of Carabobo takes place. It is the decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain.
72070June 24Event1859 – Battle of Solferino (Battle of the Three Sovereigns): Sardinia and France defeat Austria in Solferino, northern Italy.
72071June 24Event1866 – Battle of Custoza: An Austrian army defeats the Italian army during the Austro-Prussian War.
72072June 24Event1880 – First performance of O Canada, the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.
72073June 24Event1894 – Marie François Sadi Carnot is assassinated by Sante Geronimo Caserio.
72074June 24Event1902 – King Edward VII of the United Kingdom develops appendicitis, delaying his coronation.
72075June 24Event1913 – Greece and Serbia annul their alliance with Bulgaria.
72076June 24Event1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract.
72077June 24Event1916 – World War I: The Battle of the Somme begins with a week-long artillery bombardment on the German Line.
72078June 24Event1918 – First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.
72079June 24Event1932 – A bloodless revolution instigated by the People's Party ends the absolute power of King Prajadhipok of Siam (now Thailand).
72080June 24Event1938 – Pieces of a meteor, estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth's atmosphere and exploded, land near Chicora, Pennsylvania.
72081June 24Event1939 – Siam is renamed Thailand by Plaek Phibunsongkhram, the country's third prime minister.
72082June 24Event1940 – World War II: Operation Collar, the first British Commando raid on occupied France, by No 11 Independent Company.
72083June 24Event1947 – Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
72084June 24Event1948 – Start of the Berlin Blockade: The Soviet Union makes overland travel between West Germany and West Berlin impossible.
72085June 24Event1949 – The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, is aired on NBC starring William Boyd.
72086June 24Event1954 – First Indochina War: Battle of Mang Yang Pass: Viet Minh troops belonging to the 803rd Regiment ambush G.M. 100 of France in An Khê.
72087June 24Event1957 – In Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.
72088June 24Event1963 – The United Kingdom grants Zanzibar internal self-government.
72089June 24Event1967 – The worst caving disaster in British history takes six lives at Mossdale Caverns.
72090June 24Event1973 – The UpStairs Lounge arson attack takes place at a gay bar located on the second floor of the three-story building at 141 Chartres Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Thirty-two people die as a result of fire or smoke inhala

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