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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Harriet Harman becomes Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, replacing Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. She is not expected to follow Prescott as Deputy Prime Minister, and won the Labour deputy leadership election with 50.43%, narrowly beating Alan Johnson. //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6234692.stm (BBC)

Monday, June 24, 2002

The Igandu train disaster in Dodoma Region, Tanzania, kills 281 people in the worst rail accident in African history.

Friday, June 24, 1994

U.S. Air Force pilot Bud Holland crashes a B-52 at Fairchild Air Force Base, as a result of pilot error. It's unclear if the event of four days previous (above) was a contributing factor.

Sunday, June 24, 1990

Kathleen Young and Irene Templeton are ordained as priests in St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, becoming the first female Anglican priests in the United Kingdom.

Saturday, June 24, 1989

Tuesday, June 24, 1986

Monday, June 24, 1985

STS-51-G: Space Shuttle Discovery completes its mission, best remembered for having Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the first Arab and first Muslim in space, as a Payload Specialist.

Thursday, June 24, 1982

British Airways Flight 9 suffers a temporary 4-engine flameout and damage to the exterior of the plane, after flying through the otherwise undetected ash plume from Indonesia's Mount Galunggung.

Wednesday, June 24, 1981

Six young people in Yugoslavia first saw what they believed to be an apparition of The Virgin Mary.

Sunday, June 24, 1979

Bologna: founding of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal, an international opinion tribunal, at the initiative of Senator Lelio Basso.

Sunday, June 24, 1973

Watergate scandal: Former White House counsel John Dean begins his testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee.
Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev addresses the American people on television, the first to do so.

Wednesday, June 24, 1970

Tuesday, June 24, 1969

The United Kingdom and Rhodesia sever diplomatic ties.

Monday, June 24, 1968

Giorgio Rosa declares the independence of his Republic of Rose Island, an artificial island off Rimini, Italy. Italian troops demolish it not long after.

Friday, June 24, 1960

Italian Somaliland gains its independence from Italy, 5 days after British Somaliland, with which it unites to form the Somali Republic.
The Malagasy Republic, now Madagascar, becomes independent from France
The Belgian Congo receives its independence from Belgium as the Republic of the Congo (Léopoldville). A civil war followed closely on the heels of this.
Ghana becomes a republic and Kwame Nkrumah becomes its first President.
British Somaliland receives its independence from the United Kingdom. Five days later, it unites with Somalia (the former Italian Somaliland) to create the Somalia.
Cold War: A Soviet Air Force MiG-19 fighter plane flying north of Murmansk, Russia, over the Barents Sea shoots down a six-man RB-47 Stratojet reconnaissance plane of the U.S. Air Force. Four of the U.S. Air Force officers are killed, and the two survivors are held prisoner in the Soviet Union
Joseph Kasavubu is elected as the first President of the independent Congo.
Public demonstrations by democratic and left forces, against Italian government support of the post-fascist Italian Social Movement, are heavily suppressed by police.

Friday, June 24, 1949

Apartheid: The "South African Citizenship Act" suspends the granting of citizenship to British Commonwealth immigrants after 5 years and imposes a ban on mixed marriages.
The first television western, "Hopalong Cassidy", airs on NBC.
Dock workers strike in the UK.

Tuesday, June 24, 1947

Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely-reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.

Sunday, June 24, 1945

WWII: A victory parade is held in Red Square in Moscow.

Tuesday, June 24, 1941

Founding of RIA Novosti.

Saturday, June 24, 1939

The government of Siam changes its name to Thailand, which means 'Free Land'.Thailand ( Siam ) History (overview), CS Mngt, 2005, "CSMngt.com" webpage: //www.csmngt.com/thailand_history.htm CSMngt-Thai.

Friday, June 24, 1938

A above the earth near Chicora, Pennsylvania.

Monday, June 24, 1935

Carlos Gardel, the legendary Franco-Argentine Father of Tango, dies in a plane crash in Medellín, Colombia.

Sunday, June 24, 1928

A Swedish aeroplane rescues part of the Italian North Pole expedition, including Umberto Nobile. The Soviet icebreaker "Krasin" saves the rest July 12.

Saturday, June 24, 1922

Weimar Republic foreign minister Walter Rathenau is assassinated the murderers are captured July 17.

Wednesday, June 24, 1914

In Manchester, NH, a downtown fire causes $400,000 damage and injures 19 firemen.

Tuesday, June 24, 1913

Sunday, June 24, 1894

Sadi Carnot, president of France, is assassinated.

Wednesday, June 24, 1885

Saturday, June 24, 1876

First published review of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, in a British magazine the book's first edition had appeared earlier in June in England. (The book was published in the U.S. in December 1876.)

Friday, June 24, 1859

Battle of Solferino: The Kingdom of Sardinia and the armies of Napoleon III of France defeat Franz Josef I of Austria in northern Italy the battle inspires Henri Dunant to found the Red Cross.

Sunday, June 24, 1821

Wednesday, June 24, 1812

Napoleon's Grande Armée crosses the Niemen River and invades Russia (see French invasion of Russia).

Wednesday, June 24, 1778

A total solar eclipse takes place across parts of USA from Texas to Virginia.

Thursday, June 24, 1762

Battle of Wilhelmsthal: The Anglo-Hanoverian army of Ferdinand of Brunswick defeats the French forces in Westphalia. The British commander Lord Granby distinguishes himself.

Saturday, June 24, 1747

October 14 ndash The English ships "Dobbs" galley and "California", under Captains William Moore and Francis Smith, explore Hudson Bay, discovering there is no Northwest Passage by this route.

Thursday, June 24, 1717

The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the 'Modern' and first Free-Masonic Grand Lodge (which later merges with the Ancient Grand Lodge of England in 1813 to form the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London, England.
September ndash The first known Druid revival ceremony is held by John Toland at Primrose Hill, in London, at the Autumnal Equinox, to found the Mother Grove, what is later to become the Ancient Order of Druids (AOD).

Friday, June 24, 1701

The Act of Settlement 1701 is passed by the Parliament of England to exclude the Catholic Stuarts from the British monarchy. Under its terms, King William III, childless, would be succeeded by Queen Mary II's sister Princess Anne and her descendants. If Anne should have no descendants, she would be succeeded by Sophia of Hanover and her descendants (hence the Hanoverian Succession in 1714).

Monday, June 24, 1675

King Philip's War breaks out as the Wanoags attack Swansea.

Thursday, June 24, 1621

Huguenot rebellions: Saint-Jean-d'Angély is taken after a 26 day siege by Royal forces.
Huguenot rebellions: Saint-Jean-d'Angély is taken after a 26 day siege by Royal forces.

Tuesday, June 24, 1597

July ndash "The Isle of Dogs" (a play now lost) is written by Thomas Nashe and Ben Jonson, and performed at the Swan Theatre.
The first Dutch voyage to the East Indies reaches Bantam (on Java).

Monday, June 24, 1596

Cornelis de Houtman arrives in Banten, the first Dutch sailor to reach Indonesia.

Friday, June 24, 1594

July 1 ndash Action of San Mateo Bay: English privateer Richard Hawkins in the "Dainty" is attacked and captured by a Spanish squadron off Esmeraldas, Ecuador.

Tuesday, June 14, 1575 (Julianian calendar)

Wednesday, June 14, 1536 (Julianian calendar)

Cristobal de Onate founds San Juan Bautista del Teul.

Monday, June 14, 1535 (Julianian calendar)

Münster Rebellion: The Anabaptist state of Münster is conquered and disbanded.

Wednesday, June 14, 1531 (Julianian calendar)

The city of San Juan del Río, Mexico is founded.

Thursday, June 14, 1509 (Julianian calendar)

King Henry VIII of England and Queen Consort Catherine of Aragon are crowned.

Thursday, June 15, 1497 (Julianian calendar)

John Cabot lands in North America (near present day Bonavista, Newfoundland).

Tuesday, June 15, 1417 (Julianian calendar)

The Isle of Man holds the first known Tynwald Day the annual meeting of its parliament (Tynwald) which has continued every year until the present.

Friday, June 16, 1374 (Julianian calendar)

The illness dancing mania begins in Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen), possibly due to ergotism.

Monday, June 16, 1348 (Julianian calendar)

The Black Death outbreak goes into full swing in Melcombe Regis (modern-day Weymouth, Dorset in England).

Friday, June 16, 1346 (Julianian calendar)

July ndash Edward III orders closing of English ports to stop information reaching France.ref name = crecy/
The leaders of Ghent, Bruges and Ypres agree to support Edward III.ref name = crecy/

Friday, June 16, 1340 (Julianian calendar)

The Battle of Sluys is fought between the naval fleets of the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of France. The former is under the command of Edward III of England and the latter under that of Admiral Hugues Quiéret and treasurer Nicholas Béhuchet assisted by Genoese mercenary galleys under Egidio Bocanegra. The French fleet is virtually destroyed and both commanders are killed.

Wednesday, June 16, 1322 (Julianian calendar)

Jews are expelled from France for third time

Sunday, June 16, 1314 (Julianian calendar)

Battle of Bannockburn: Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce defeat Edward II of England, regaining Scotland's independence.

Sunday, June 17, 1128 (Julianian calendar)

Battle of São Mamede: King Afonso I of Portugal (then Count of Portugal) defeats his mother, Teresa of León, and gains control of the county, which thus becomes "de facto" independent.

Wednesday, June 20, 826 (Julianian calendar)

The Danish king Harald Klak accepts Christianity.

Sunday, June 23, 474 (Julianian calendar)

Glycerius is exiled to Dalmatia (Balkans) and becomes bishop of Salona. The Senate nor the Gallo-Roman aristocracy decide to resist and Nepos accepts the "imperial purple".
Julius Nepos arrives at Portus and marches on Ravenna. He forces Glycerius to abdicate the throne and proclaims himself emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

Monday, June 25, 109 (Julianian calendar)

The Christian Church proclaims itself to be universal (catholic).
The Aqua Traiana is inaugurated by emperor Trajan, the aqueduct channels water from Lake Bracciano, north-west of Rome.
Osroes I of Parthia succeeds his brother Pacorus II and rules over the western Parthian Empire.
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