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Today in History
7/24/2014
Famous Birthdays
Reference:
 Encyclopaedia Britannica

*1963Born this day in 1963, American jockey Julie Krone was the first woman to win a U.S. Triple Crown race, capturing the Belmont Stakes in 1993, and in 2003 she became the first woman to win a Breeders' Cup race. 
*1897Amelia Earhart, born this day in 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, was one of the world's most celebrated aviators and the first woman to fly alone over the Atlantic Ocean. After becoming the first aviator to make a solo flight from Hawaii to California (1935), Earhart set out in 1937 to fly around the world, with Fred Noonan as her navigator, in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra. More than two-thirds of the way into the trip, her plane vanished mysteriously in the central Pacific near the International Date Line. 
2003The U.S. released pictures of the bodies of Odai and Qusai Hussein. The two died during a battle with U.S. forces near Mosul, Iraq. 
1998A gunman burst into U.S. Capitol and opened fire killing two police officers. Russel Weston Jr., was later ruled incompetent to stand trial.  
1998Roy O. Disney received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  
1987Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, climbed Mt. Fuji. Hulda became the oldest person to climb Japan’s highest peak.  
1985Walt Disney released their 25th full-length cartoon. The work was "The Black Cauldron."  
1984Terry Bradshaw retired from the National Football League.  
1978Billy Martin was fired for the first of three times as the manager of the New York Yankees baseball team.  
1974The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor Leon Jaworski. 
1969The Apollo 11 astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean.  
1959Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon engaged in the “kitchen debate” at an American exhibition in Moscow. 
1956Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis ended their team. They ended the partnership a decade after it began on July 25, 1946.  
1948Soviet occupation forces in Germany blockaded West Berlin. The U.S.-British airlift began the following day.  
1944Soviet forces liberated the Majdanek concentration camp on the outskirts of the city of Lublin, Poland. 
1933The first broadcast of "The Romance of Helen Trent" was heard on radio. 7,222 episodes were aired.  
1933U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his fourth "Fireside Chat."  
1929U.S. President Hoover proclaimed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which renounced war as an instrument of foreign policy.  
1923The Treaty of Lausanne, which settled the boundaries of modern Turkey, was concluded in Switzerland.  
1917Mata Hari went on trial before a military court; she was subsequently sentenced to death and shot by a firing squad. 
1911Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu in a remote part of the Peruvian Andes. 
1866Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the U.S. Civil War.  
1849Georgetown University in Washington, DC, presented its first Doctor of Music Degree. It was given to Professor Henry Dielman.  
1847Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake in present-day Utah.  
1847Richard M. Hoe patented the rotary-type printing press.  
1783Catherine II (the Great) of Russia and Erekle II of Kartalinia-Kakhetia (eastern Georgia) concluded the Treaty of Georgievsk. 
1567A romantic and tragic figure to her supporters, a scheming adulteress if not murderess to her political enemies, Mary, Queen of Scots, was formally deposed this day after rebellious Scottish nobles deserted her army at Carberry Hill and forced her to abdicate in favour of her one-year-old son James. She was then confined in a series of prisons in England for the next 18 years of her life by her cousin Elizabeth I. Despite the fact that Mary was the sovereign queen of another country, she was tried and condemned by an English court and executed in 1587 at Fotheringhay Castle, in a chilling scene redeemed by the great personal dignity with which Mary met her fate. 
Asterisks (*) denotes birthday

Famous Birthdays
1984 - Dhani Lennevald
1982 - Anna Paquin
1969 - Jennifer LopezActress
1968 - Kristin ChenowethActress-Singer
1964 - Barry Bonds
1963 - Mark GoddardActor
1951 - Lynda CarterActress (Wonder Woman)
1949 - Michael Richards
1947 - Robert HaysActor
1946 - GallagerComedian
1936 - Ruth Buzzi
1933 - John AnistonActor (Day of our Lives)
1900 - Zelda Fitzgerald
1899 - Chief Dan George
1897 - Amelia Earhart
1802 - Alexandre Dumas
1783 - Simon Bolivar

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