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Happy First Birthday Forum!
On this day in History – 24th July
1132 - Battle of Nocera between Ranulf II of Alife and Roger II of Sicily.
1148 - Louis VII of France lays siege to Damascus during the Second Crusade.
1411 - Battle of Harlaw, one of the bloodiest battles in Scotland, takes place.
1487 - Citizens of Leeuwarden Neth rebel against ban on foreign beer
1534 - Jacques Cartier, lands in Canada, claims it for France
1554 - Queen Maria of England marries Philip, king of Naples/Jerusalem
1567 - Mary Queen of Scots is forced to abdicate & 1-year-old James VI becomes King of Scotland
1577 - Spanish army/German mercenaries conquer Namur
1577 - Treason of Don Juan in Brussels
1581 - States of Holland/Zealand recognized by Willem van Orange
1651 - Anthony Johnson, a free black, receives grant of 250 acres in Va
1673 - Edmund Halley enters Queen's College, Oxford, as an undergraduate
1683 - 1st settlers from Germany to US, leave aboard Concord
1692 - French defeat William III of England at Steinkirk (Enghein)
1701 - Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac found trading post at Ft Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit
1704 - English & Dutch troops occupy Gibraltar
1712 - Battle at Denain: France under Villars beat Dutch army
1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlie becomes King James VIII
1758 - George Washington admitted to Virginia House of Burgess
1783 - Georgia becomes a protectorate of tsarist Russia
1793 - France passes 1st copyright law
1799 - William Clark (of Lewis & Clark) is willed the slave York
1823 - Slavery is abolished in Chile.
1824 - Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper publishes results of 1st public opinion poll. Clear lead for Andrew Jackson
1832 - Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by using Wyoming's South Pass.
1833 - HMS Beagle departs Maldonado Uruguay
1847 - Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, UT
1847 - Rotary-type printing press patents by Richard March Hoe, NYC
1851 - Window tax abolished in Britain
1861 - Skirmish at Taylor Mountain, (W)VA - CS Gen Wise retreats
1863 - Battle at Battle Mountain, Virginia
1864 - Battle of Winchester, VA US1200 CS600
1866 - Tennessee becomes 1st Confederate state readmitted to Union
1870 - 1st trans-US rail service begins
1877 - 1st time federal troops are used to combat strikers
1883 - Arabi Pasha declares a holy war in Egypt
1886 - China takes British protectorate of Burma
1893 - For only time in history of US Tennis championships, an event is held off the Eastern seaboard. Men's double championship in Chicago
1900 - Race riot in New Orleans, 2 white policemen killed
1901 - O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank.
1902 - Trumper a century before lunch 4th Test Cricket v England
1905 - Treaty of Bjorko: Emperor Wilhelm II/czar Nicholas II
1908 - John Hayes wins 4th olympics marathon (2:55:18.4 world record)
1909 - Bkln Dodger Nap Rucker strikes out 16 Pitts Pirates
1910 - Matador Juan Belmonte (18 ) kills his 1st bull
1911 - Hiram Bingham discovers Lost City of the Incas
1911 - Cleve's League Park hosts 1st unofficial ML All Star game (benefit game for Addie Joss' family). Cleveland Naps lose to All Stars 5-3
1915 - Excursion ship Eastland capsizes in Lake Michigan, 852 die
1919 - Race Riot in Washington DC (6 killed, 100 wounded)
1921 - Belgium's Leon Scieur wins Tour de France
1923 - Allied Powers & Turkey sign peace treaty, Lausanne
1925 - Scopes guilty of teaching evolution in a Tn HS, fined $100 & costs
1927 - The Menin Gate war memorial is unveiled at Ypres.
1929 - NY to SF foot race ends (2½ months) winner is 60 year old Monteverde
1929 - Pres Hoover proclaims Kellogg-Briand Pact which renounces war
1931 - George Gunn gets 183 & son of a gunn George Vernon 100* same innings
1931 - Paavo Nurmi runs world record 2 mile (8:59.6)
1931 - A fire at a home for the elderly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania kills 48 people.
1933 - German judge Vogt signs deed of accusation against Van der Lubbe
1933 - #1726 Hoffmeister, #2136 Jugta, #2158, #3957 Sugie & #4589 McDowell
1934 - 1st ptarmigan hatched & reared in captivity, Ithaca, NY
1935 - 1st greeting telegram sent in Britain
1935 - The world's first children's railway opens in Tbilisi, USSR.
1936 - 118°F (48°C), Minden, Nebraska (state record)
1936 - 121°F (49°C), near Alton, Kansas (state record)
1936 - Gen Mola & Cabanellas form Spanish anti-govt
1937 - Alabama drops charges against 5 blacks accused of rape in Scottsboro
1938 - Instant coffee invented
1940 - 1st illegal "Newsletter of Pieter It Hen" publishes in Netherlands
1940 - Linthorst Homan, de Quay & Einthoven forms Dutch Union
1941 - FDR demands Japanese troops out of Indo-China
1941 - Nazi execute entire Jewish population of Grodz Lithuania
1941 - Red Sox Lefty Grove, 41, wins his 300th game
1942 - Irving Berlin's musical "This is the Army," premieres in NYC
1943 - RAF bombs Hamburg (20,000 dead)
1944 - 300 allied bombers drop fire bombs on Allied/German positions
1944 - Soviet forces liberate concentration camp Majdanek
1944 - US troops land on Tinian
1945 - US destroyer Underhill torpedoed West of Guam
1946 - 9 Spokane baseball players (Western League), die in a bus crash
1946 - US performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island
1948 - 4 Duluth Minn Dukes (St Louis Cards Class C farm team) die in crash
1948 - Soviets blockades Berlin from west
1949 - Inidian pitcher Bob Lemon hits 2 HRs to beat Senators, 7-5
1950 - V-2/WAC Corporal rocket launch; 1st launch from Cape Canaveral
1952 - 112°F (44°C), Louisville, Georgia (state record)
1952 - Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record 5K (14:06.6)
1952 - Pres Truman settles 53-day steel strike
1953 - KEYT TV channel 3 in Santa Barbara, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
1955 - Ali Sastroamidjojo of Govt resigns in Indonesia
1955 - Betty Jameson/Mary Faulk wins Virg Hot Springs 4-Ball Golf Tournament
1956 - Brendan Behan's "Quare Fellow," premieres in London
1956 - Dodgers lose to the Reds, 2-1, playing in Jesey City
1957 - KTVC TV channel 6 in Ensign, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
1957 - US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1958 - 14 people named 1st life peers in UK
1958 - Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at Boston fans again
1958 - Test Cricket debuts against NZ for Dexter, Illingworth & Subba Row
1959 - 500,000th Dutch TV set registered
1959 - VP Nixon argues with Khrushchev, known as "Kitchen Debate"
1960 - 42nd PGA Championship: Jay Hebert shoots a 281 at Firestone CC Akron
1961 - Beginning of a trend, a US commercial plane is hijacked to Cuba
1961 - Edwin Newman becomes news anchor of Today Show
1961 - Roger Maris hits 4 home runs, in a doubleheader
1963 - 124 Unification church couples wed in Korea
1963 - Dutch govt of Marijnen forms
1964 - -27) race riot in Rochester, New York, 4 killed
1965 - "Flora, the Red Menace" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 87 perfs
1965 - Bob Dylan release "Like a Rolling Stone"
1965 - Casey Stengel resigns as manager of NY Mets
1965 - Rock group "Animals" 1st time on British charts
1966 - 48th PGA Championship: Al Geiberger shoots a 280 at Firestone CC Akron
1966 - Gloria Ehret/Judy Kimball wins LPGA Yankee Women's Golf Open
1967 - 49th PGA Championship: Don January shoots a 281 at Columbine CC Colo
1967 - Beatles sign a petition in Times to legalize marijuana
1967 - Charles de Gaulle says 'Vive le Quebec libre! Long live free Quebec!'
1967 - Chinese army/air force/fleet repress uprising in Wuhan City
1967 - Norway requests European Common Market membership
1967 - Race riots in Cambridge Maryland
1967 - Race riots in Detroit force postponement of Tigers-Orioles game
1968 - Hoyt Wilhelm's 907th breaks Cy Young's record for pitching appearances
1969 - Apollo 11 returns to Earth
1969 - Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in a record 907th major league game
1969 - Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing induction in US Army on appeal
1970 - Intl Law Tennis Assn institutes 9 point tie break rule
1970 - USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1971 - WUHQ TV channel 41 in Battle Creek, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
1972 - Jigme Singye Wangchuk becomes king of Bhutan at 16
1972 - Bugojno group is caught by Yugoslav security forces.
1973 - 44th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Royals Stadium, KC
1973 - All star MVP: Bobby Bonds (SF Giants)
1974 - Supreme Court unanimously rules Nixon must turn over Watergate tapes
1975 - Apollo 18 returns to Earth
1976 - John Naber is 1st to swin 200m backstroke under 2 minutes
1977 - 32nd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Hollis Stacy
1977 - Pete Rose passes Frankie Frisch as switch-hit leader with 2,881
1977 - Seattle's John Montague pitches 6 2/3 innings of perfect relief tying 2 game record of retiring 33 consecutive batsmen
1978 - "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" premieres in NYC
1978 - Margaret Gardiner, of South Africa, crowned 27th Miss Universe
1978 - Pete Rose ties NL hitting streak of 37 games
1978 - Billy Martin resigns as Yankee manager after "one is a born liar the other a convicted one" comment about Steinbrenner & Jackson
1979 - Pres Carter names Paul Volcker, pres of Federal Reserves
1979 - Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th HR
1981 - Mohammed Ali Rajai elected president of Iran
1982 - "Best Little Whorehouse in Tx" closes at E O'Neill NYC after 63 perfs
1982 - KHJ (LA) & KFRC (SF) become 2nd & 3rd stereo AM stations
1982 - Heavy rain causes a mudslide that destroys a bridge at Nagasaki, Japan, killing 299.
1983 - "Mame" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 41 performances
1983 - 21st Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats Germany in Zurich Switz (2-1)
1983 - Lauren Howe wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
1983 - Laurent Fignon wins Tour de France
1983 - Pine Tar Game: Brett's HR disallowed against Yanks (overturned)
1983 - Sonya Robinson, (Milwaukee), 23, crowned 16th Miss Black America
1984 - Steve Ballesteros wins British Open
1985 - Gandhi signs peace contract with Sikh leader Harchand Singh Longowai
1986 - SF Federal jury convicts navy radioman Jerry Whitworth of espionage
1987 - IBM-PC DOS Version 3.3 (updated) released
1987 - USSR performs underground nuclear Test
1988 - 43rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Liselotte Neumann
1988 - US & Jamacia play scoreless tie, in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup
1989 - Paula Gwynn, 22, crowned 21st Miss Black America
1990 - Ms. Magazine hits newstands again after an 8 month hiatus
1990 - US warships in Persian Gulf placed on alert after Iraq masses nearly 30,000 troops near its border with Kuwait
1991 - Ottawa Rough Riders Board of Directors resign
1991 - U of Manchester scientist announce finding a planet outside of solar system
1992 - Faye Vincent reinstates Yankee owner George Steinbrenner (eff 3/1/93)
1992 - Vickers Viscount crashes, 70 die
1993 - Actor Richard Moll (Night Court) weds Susan Brown
1993 - Met Vince Coleman injures 3 when he throws cherry bomb at Dodger fans
1993 - NY Met Anthony Young loses record 27th straight
1993 - Night Court actor Richard Moll (50) weds Susan Brown (32)
1994 - 32nd Tennis Fed Cup: Spain beats USA in Frankfurt Germany (3-0)
1994 - 49th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Patty Sheehan
1994 - Asociación de Estados del Caribe (AEC) forms
1994 - Bodo kills 37 Moslems in Bashbari NE India
1994 - Miguel Indurain wins Tour de France
1998 - 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.
2001 - 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.
2002 - James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1.
2005 - Lance Armstrong retires after winning a record seventh consecutive Tour de France victory
2007 - Libya frees all six of the Medics in the HIV trial in Libya.
2008 – Terrypratchett.co.uk forum opens for business.
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