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July 24 is the 205th day (206th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 160 days remaining.
1900-1999 1901 - O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank. 1910 - James MacGillivray publishes first account of Paul Bunyan in the Detroit News. 1911 - Hiram Bingham III re-discoveres Machu Picchu "the Lost City of the Incas". 1923 - The Treaty of Lausanne, settling the boundaries of modern Turkey, is signed in Switzerland by Greece, Bulgaria and other countries that fought in the First World War. 1927 - The Menin Gate war memorial is unveiled at Ypres. 1929 - The Kellogg-Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect (it was first signed in Paris on August 27, 1928 by most leading world powers). 1935 - The dust bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109°F (44°C) in Chicago, Illinois and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 1937 - Alabama drops rape charges against the so-called " Scottsboro Boys." 1943 - World War II: Operation Gomorrah begins: Canadian aeroplanes bomb Hamburg by night, those of the Americans 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 280,000 buildings. 1956 - At New York City's Copacabana Club, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis perform their last comedy show together which started on July 25, 1946. 1959 - At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, US vice-president Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev have a "kitchen debate." 1965 - Vietnam War: Four F-4C Phantoms escorting a bombing raid at Kang Chi are the targets of antiaircraft missiles in the first such attack against American planes in the war. One is shot down and the other three sustain damage. 1967 - During an official state visit to French President Charles de Gaulle declares to a crowd of over 100,000 in Montreal: (Long live free Quebec!). The statement, interpreted as support for Vive le Québec libre! Quebec independence, delighted many Quebecers but angered the Canadian government and many English Canadians. 1969 - Apollo program: Apollo 11 splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean. 1974 - Watergate Scandal: The United States Supreme Court unanimously rule 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. 1983 - 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". 1998 - Russel 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.
1700-1899 1725 - John Newton cleric, songwriter ( Amazing Grace) (d. 1807) 1783 - Simón Bolívar, South American liberator (d. 1830) 1786 - Joseph Nicollet, mathematician and explorer (d. 1843) 1802 - Alexandre Dumas pere (La Pailleterie), playwright, novelist (d. 1870) 1853 - William Gillette, actor, author (d. 1937) 1860 - Alfons Mucha, graphic artist (d. 1939) 1864 - Frank Wedekind, dramatist, lyricist, narrator (d. 1918) 1878 - Lord Dunsany, writer (d. 1957) 1892 - Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Japanese writer (d. 1927) 1895 - Robert Graves, author (d. 1985) 1896 - Hermann Kasack, writer (d. 1966) 1898 - Amelia Earhart, aviator (first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic) (d. 1937 (disappeared)) 1899 - Chief Dan George, Native American actor (d. 1981)
1900-1999 1908 - Cootie Williams, trumpeter (d. 1985) 1914 - Edwin Mirvish - retailer, impresario 1916 - John D. MacDonald, novelist, (d. 1986) 1917 - Robert Farnon, conductor, composer and arranger 1918 - Ruggiero Ricci, American violinist 1926 - Hans Günter Winkler, equestrian jumper 1929 - Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist and author 1931 - Ermanno Olmi, italian director 1933 - Doug Sanders, golfer 1934 - Rudy Collins, drummer for the Dizzy Gillespie quintet 1935 - Pat Oliphant, political cartoonist 1936 - Ruth Buzzi, comedienne 1942 - Chris Sarandon, actor 1945 - Azim Premji, businessman 1947 - Robert Hays, actor 1947 - Peter Serkin, American pianist 1949 - Michael Richards, comedian 1951 - Lynda Carter, actress 1951 - Chris Smith, British politician, first "out" gay MP 1952 - Gus Van Sant, film director 1957 - Pam Tillis, country and western singer 1963 - Karl Malone, National Basketball Association player 1964 - Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball player 1965 - Kadeem Hardison, actor 1968 - Laura Leighton, actress 1970 - Jennifer Lopez, actress, singer 1981 - Gauge, erotic actress 1982 - Anna Paquin, actress 1984 - Dhani Lennevald, tallest in the A-Teens
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