Today in History – June 24 in History

Today in History – June 24 in History

What happened on this day in history – June 24 in History around the world

217 BC
 Carthaginian forces led by Hannibal destroy a Roman army under consul Gaius Flaminius in a battle at Lake Trasimene in central Italy.
1314 Scottish forces, led by Robert the Bruce, win an overwhelming victory against English King Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn.
1340 The English fleet defeats the French fleet at Sluys, off the Flemish coast.
1497 Explorer John Cabot lands in North America in present-day Canada.
1509 Henry VIII is crowned King of England.
1664 The colony of New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey, is founded.
1647 Margaret Brent, demands a voice and a vote for herself in the Maryland colonial assembly.
1675 King Philip’s War begins.
1812 Napoleon crosses the Nieman River and invades Russia.
1859 At the Battle of Solferino, also known as the Battle of the Three Sovereigns, the French army, led by Napoleon III, defeats the Austrian army under Franz Joseph I.
1861 Federal gunboats attack Confederate batteries at Mathias Point, Virginia.
1862 U.S. intervention saves the British and French at the Dagu forts in China.
1896 Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Harvard University.
1910 The Japanese army invades Korea.
1913 Greece and Serbia annul their alliance with Bulgaria following border disputes over Macedonia and Thrace.
1931 The Soviet Union and Afghanistan sign a treaty of neutrality.
1940 France signs an armistice with Italy.
1941 President Franklin Roosevelt pledges all possible support to the Soviet Union.
1943 Royal Air Force Bombers hammer Muelheim, Germany, in a drive to cripple the Ruhr industrial base.
1948 The Soviet Union begins the Berlin Blockade, America responds with the Berlin Airlift.
1953 John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier announce their engagement.
1955 Soviet MIG’s down a U.S. Navy patrol plane over the Bering Strait.
1964 The Federal Trade Commission announces that, starting in 1965, cigarette makers must include warning labels about the harmful effects of smoking.
1970 The U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
Born on June 24
1813 Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman.
1842 Ambrose Bierce, American writer and satirist (The Friend’s Delight, The Devil’s Dictionary).
1848 Brooks Adams, American historian, son of Charles Francis Adams (The Law of Civilization and Decay).
1883 Victor Francis Hess, physicist.
1895 Jack Dempsey, American boxer and world heavyweight champion.
1901 Harry Partch, composer.
1912 Norman Cousins, editor of the Saturday Review.
1915 Fred Hoyle, British mathematician and astronomer.
1916 John Ciardi, poet.
1930 Claude Chabrol, French film director (The Cousins, Madame Bovary).

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