Today in History, English
Today in History, English

83611July 24Event1927 – The Menin Gate war memorial is unveiled at Ypres.
83612July 24Event1929 – The Kellogg–Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect (it is first signed in Paris on August 27, 1928 by most leading world powers).
83613July 24Event1931 – A fire at a home for the elderly in Pittsburgh kills 48 people.
83614July 24Event1935 – The Dust Bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109°F (43°C) in Chicago and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee.
83615July 24Event1937 – Alabama drops rape charges against the so-called "Scottsboro Boys".
83616July 24Event1938 – First ascent of the Eiger north face.
83617July 24Event1943 – World War II: Operation Gomorrah begins: British and Canadian aeroplanes bomb Hamburg by night, and American planes by day. By the end of the operation in November, 9,000 tons of explosives will have killed more than 30,000 people and destroyed 280
83618July 24Event1950 – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station begins operations with the launch of a Bumper rocket.
83619July 24Event1959 – At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev have a "Kitchen Debate".
83620July 24Event1963 – The ship Bluenose II was launched in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The schooner is a major Canadian symbol.
83621July 24Event1966 – Michael Pelkey makes the first BASE jump from El Capitan along with Brian Schubert. Both came out with broken bones. BASE jumping has now been banned from El Cap.
83622July 24Event1967 – During an official state visit to Canada, French President Charles de Gaulle declares to a crowd of over 100,000 in Montreal: Vive le Québec libre! ("Long live free Quebec!"). The statement, interpreted as support for Quebec independence, delighted
83623July 24Event1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 11 splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean.
83624July 24Event1972 – Bugojno group is caught by Yugoslav security forces.
83625July 24Event1974 – Watergate scandal: The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes and they order him to surrender the tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.
83626July 24Event1977 – End of a four day long Libyan–Egyptian War.
83627July 24Event1980 – The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level.
83628July 24Event1982 – Heavy rain causes a mudslide that destroys a bridge at Nagasaki, Japan, killing 299.
83629July 24Event1983 – The Black July anti-Tamil riots begin in Sri Lanka, killing between 400 and 3,000. Black July is generally regarded as the beginning of the Sri Lankan Civil War.
83630July 24Event1983 – George Brett batting for the Kansas City Royals against the New York Yankees, has a game-winning home run nullified in the "Pine Tar Incident".
83631July 24Event1990 – Iraqi forces start massing on the Kuwait–Iraq border.
83632July 24Event1991 – Manmohan Singh presents his budget speech to the Indian Parliament which led to economic liberalisation in India
83633July 24Event1998 – Russell Eugene Weston, Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.
83634July 24Event2001 – Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office.
83635July 24Event2001 – Bandaranaike Airport attack is carried out by 14 Tamil Tiger commandos, all died in this attack. They destroyed 11 Aircraft (mostly military) and damaged 15, there are no civilian casualties. This incident slowed down Sri Lankan economy.
83636July 24Event2002 – Democrat James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420–1.
83637July 24Event2011 – Digital switchover is completed in 44 of the 47 prefectures of Japan, with Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima television stations terminating analog broadcasting operations later as a result of the Tōhoku earthquake.
83638July 24Event2013 – A high-speed train derails in Spain rounding a curve with an 80 km/h (50 mph) speed limit at 190 km/h (120 mph), killing 78 passengers.
83639July 24Event2014 – Air Algérie Flight 5017 loses contact with air traffic controllers 50 minutes after takeoff. It was travelling between Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Algiers with 116 people on board. The wreckage is later found in Mali.
83640July 24Birth923 – Emperor Suzaku of Japan (d. 952)

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