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What happened on June 24? There are more than 278 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About June 24

June 24 is the 175th day of the year 2018. There are 190 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday. This day falls under the 25th week of the year 2018.

On this day in Eitzen, Minnesota 55931 sunrise will occur at 10:25 AM and sunset will occur at 01:51 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Cancer. The modern birthstone for this month is Pearl while the mystical birthstone is Moonstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 226 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 5, 2019).

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Historical Events For June 24

  • 109
    Roman emperor Trajan inaugurates the Aqua Traiana, an aqueduct that channels water from Lake Bracciano, 40 km north-west of Rome.
  • 637
    The Battle of Moira is fought between the High King of Ireland and the Kings of Ulster and Dalriada. It is the largest battle in the history of Ireland.
  • 972
    Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces, takes place.
  • 1128
    Battle of São Mamede, near Guimarães: forces led by Alfonso I defeat forces led by his mother Teresa of León and her lover Fernando Pérez de Traba. After this battle, the future king calls himself “Prince of Portugal”, the first step towards “official independence” that will be reached in 1139 after the Battle of Ourique.
  • 1314
    First War of Scottish Independence: the Battle of Bannockburn concludes with a decisive victory by Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce, though England did not recognize Scottish independence until 1328 with the signing of the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton.
  • 1340
    Hundred Years’ War: Battle of Sluys – The French fleet is almost destroyed by the English Fleet commanded in person by King Edward III.
  • 1374
    A sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.
  • 1497
    John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland leading the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.
  • 1509
    Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon are crowned King and Queen of England.
  • 1535
    The Anabaptist state of Münster is conquered and disbanded.
  • 1571
    Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founds Manila, the capital of the Republic of the Philippines.
  • 1597
    The first Dutch voyage to the East Indies reaches Bantam (on Java).
  • 1604
    Samuel de Champlain discovers the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
  • 1622
    Battle of Macau: The Dutch attempt but fail to capture Macau.
  • 1717
    The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London, England.
  • 1779
    American Revolutionary War: The Great Siege of Gibraltar begins.
  • 1793
    The first Republican constitution in France is adopted.
  • 1812
    Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon’s Grande Armée crosses the Neman River beginning the invasion of Russia.
  • 1813
    Battle of Beaver Dams: a British and Indian combined force defeats the United States Army.
  • 1821
    The Battle of Carabobo takes place. It is the decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain.
  • 1859
    Battle of Solferino (Battle of the Three Sovereigns): Sardinia and France defeat Austria in Solferino, northern Italy.
  • 1866
    Battle of Custoza: an Austrian army defeats the Italian army during the Austro-Prussian War.
  • 1880
    First performance of O Canada, the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.
  • 1894
    Marie Francois Sadi Carnot is assassinated by Sante Geronimo Caserio.
  • 1902
    King Edward VII of the United Kingdom develops appendicitis, delaying his coronation.
  • 1913
    Greece and Serbia annul their alliance with Bulgaria.
  • 1916
    Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million dollar contract.
  • 1916
    World War I: the Battle of the Somme begins with a week-long artillery bombardment on the German Line.
  • 1918
    First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.
  • 1932
    A bloodless Revolution instigated by the People’s Party ends the absolute power of King Prajadhipok of Siam (now Thailand).
  • 1938
    Pieces of a meteor, estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded, land near Chicora, Pennsylvania.
  • 1939
    Siam is renamed Thailand by Plaek Pibulsonggram, the country’s third prime minister.
  • 1947
    Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
  • 1948
    Start of the Berlin Blockade: the Soviet Union makes overland travel between West Germany and West Berlin impossible.
  • 1949
    The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, is aired on NBC starring William Boyd.
  • 1957
    In Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.
  • 1963
    The United Kingdom grants Zanzibar internal self-government.
  • 1975
    An Eastern Air Lines Boeing 727 crashes at John F. Kennedy Airport, New York. 113 people die.
  • 1981
    The Humber Bridge is opened to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It would be the world’s longest single-span suspension bridge for 17 years.
  • 1982
    “The Jakarta Incident”: British Airways Flight 9 flies into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung, resulting in the failure of all four engines.
  • 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.
  • 2002
    The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history.
  • 2004
    In New York, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.
  • 2010
    John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history.

Who Were Born On June 24?

  • 1244
    Henry I of Hesse (d. 1308)
  • 1343
    Jeanne de Valois, Queen of Navarre (d. 1373)
  • 1386
    Giovanni da Capistrano, Italian saint (d. 1456)
  • 1485
    Johannes Bugenhagen, German reformer (d. 1558)
  • 1519
    Theodore Beza, French theologian (d. 1605)
  • 1533
    Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester (d. 1588)
  • 1535
    Joan of Spain, Spanish-born Queen consort of Portugal (d. 1573)
  • 1542
    Saint John of the Cross, Spanish Carmelite mystic and poet (d. 1591)
  • 1546
    Robert Parsons, English Jesuit priest (d. 1610)
  • 1587
    William Arnold, English settler of Providence Plantation (d. 1675)
  • 1663
    Jean Baptiste Massillon, French churchman (d. 1742)
  • 1687
    Johann Albrecht Bengel, German scholar (d. 1757)
  • 1694
    Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui, Swiss political theorist (d. 1748)
  • 1704
    Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, French writer (d. 1771)
  • 1774
    Antonio González de Balcarce, Supreme Director of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (d. 1819)
  • 1774
    François Nicolas Benoît, Baron Haxo, French general (d. 1838)
  • 1777
    John Ross, British naval officer and explorer (d. 1856)
  • 1782
    Juan Larrea, Argentine businessman, member of the Primera Junta (d. 1847)
  • 1795
    Ernst Heinrich Weber, German anatomist and physiologist (d. 1878)
  • 1803
    George James Webb, English-born composer (d. 1887)
  • 1804
    Willard Richards, American religious leader (d. 1854)
  • 1811
    John Archibald Campbell, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1889)
  • 1813
    Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman and reformer (d. 1887)
  • 1821
    Dr. Guillermo Rawson, medical doctor and one of the most influential politicians in nineteenth century Argentina (d. 1890)
  • 1825
    Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolaevna of Russia (d. 1844)
  • 1826
    George Goyder, surveyor-general of South Australia (d. 1898)
  • 1842
    Ambrose Bierce, American author (disappeared ca. 1914)
  • 1846
    Samuel Johnson, Yoruba historian and priest (d. 1901)
  • 1850
    Horatio Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum, British field marshal (d. 1916)
  • 1860
    Mercedes of Orleans, Queen of Spain (d. 1878)
  • 1869
    Prince George of Greece and Denmark (d. 1957)
  • 1882
    Athanase David, Canadian politician and businessman (d. 1953)
  • 1882
    Carl Diem, German Olympic official (d. 1962)
  • 1883
    Victor Franz Hess, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1964)
  • 1886
    George Shiels, Northern Irish dramatist (d. 1949)
  • 1888
    Gerrit Rietveld, Dutch architect (d. 1964)
  • 1893
    Roy O. Disney, American co-founder of the Walt Disney Company (d. 1971)
  • 1895
    Jack Dempsey, American boxer (d. 1983)
  • 1897
    Daniel K. Ludwig, American shipping magnate (d. 1992)
  • 1900
    Wilhelm Cauer, German mathematician (d. 1945)
  • 1901
    Charles Hollis “Chuck” Taylor, The man behind the “Chuck Taylor” shoes (d. 1969)
  • 1901
    Harry Partch, American composer (d. 1974)
  • 1904
    Phil Harris, American singer, songwriter and comedian (d. 1995)
  • 1906
    Pierre Fournier, French cellist (d. 1986)
  • 1906
    Willard Maas, American educator and experimental filmmaker (d. 1971)
  • 1907
    Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (d. 1989)
  • 1908
    Alfons Rebane, Estonian military officer (d. 1976)
  • 1908
    Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer (d. 1987)
  • 1908
    Hugo Distler, German composer (d. 1942)
  • 1911
    Ernesto Sabato, Argentine writer (d. 2011)
  • 1911
    Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine Formula One driver (d. 1995)
  • 1912
    Brian Johnston, British cricket commentator (d. 1994)
  • 1913
    Gustaaf Deloor, Belgian cyclist (d. 2002)
  • 1914
    Pearl Witherington CBE, British World War II secret agent (d. 2008)
  • 1915
    Sir Fred Hoyle, British astronomer (d. 2001)
  • 1916
    William B. Saxbe, American politician (d. 2010)
  • 1919
    Al Molinaro, American actor
  • 1922
    Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra) (d. 1988)
  • 1923
    Margaret Olley, Australian artist (d. 2011)
  • 1924
    Archie Roy, Scottish astronomer, academic and paranormal researcher
  • 1924
    Brian Bevan, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1991)
  • 1924
    Kurt Furgler, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 2008)
  • 1927
    Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1930
    Claude Chabrol, French film director (d. 2010)
  • 1930
    William B. Ziff, Jr., American publishing executive (d. 2006)
  • 1931
    Billy Casper, American golfer
  • 1933
    Sam Jones, American basketball player
  • 1934
    Ferdinand Biwersi, German football referee
  • 1934
    Jean-Pierre Ferland, Canadian singer
  • 1935
    Terry Riley, American composer
  • 1938
    Lawrence Block, American writer
  • 1939
    HA Schult, German artist
  • 1939
    Michael Gothard, English actor (d. 1992)
  • 1940
    Vittorio Storaro, Italian Cinematographer
  • 1941
    Erkin Koray, Turkish rock musician
  • 1941
    Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French philosopher, psychoanalyst and novelist
  • 1942
    Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, Chilean president
  • 1942
    Michele Lee, American actress
  • 1944
    Arthur Brown, English singer
  • 1944
    Chris Wood, English saxophonist (Traffic) (d. 1983)
  • 1944
    Jeff Beck, English guitarist (The Yardbirds)
  • 1944
    John “Charlie” Whitney, English guitarist (Family, Streetwalkers, Axis Point)
  • 1945
    Colin Blunstone, English singer and songwriter (The Zombies)
  • 1945
    George Pataki, American politician
  • 1945
    Nora Valsami, Greek actress
  • 1945
    Wayne Cashman, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1946
    David Collenette, Canadian politician
  • 1946
    Ellison Onizuka, American astronaut (d. 1986)
  • 1946
    Robert Reich, American politician and political commentator
  • 1947
    Mick Fleetwood, English drummer (Fleetwood Mac)
  • 1947
    Peter Weller, American actor
  • 1948
    Patrick Moraz, Swiss keyboard player (Yes)
  • 1949
    John Illsley, English bassist (Dire Straits)
  • 1950
    Mercedes Lackey, American fantasy writer
  • 1950
    Nancy Allen, American actress
  • 1951
    David Rodigan, Germany-born British radio DJ and actor
  • 1952
    Stephen Pusey, British public artist
  • 1953
    Ivo Lill, Estonian glass artist
  • 1955
    Betsy Randle, American actress
  • 1955
    Edmund Malura, German footballer
  • 1956
    Joe Penny, English actor
  • 1957
    Mark Parkinson, American politician, 45th Governor of Kansas
  • 1958
    Jean Charest, 29th Premier of Québec
  • 1958
    John Tortorella, American ice hockey coach
  • 1958
    Kathy Troccoli, American singer
  • 1958
    Kenneth Biros, American murderer (d. 2009)
  • 1958
    Tom Lister, Jr., American actor and professional wrestler
  • 1960
    Erik Poppe, Norwegian film director
  • 1960
    Karin Pilsäter, Swedish politician
  • 1960
    Siedah Garrett, American singer
  • 1961
    Bernie Nicholls, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1961
    Curt Smith, English bassist, keyboardist, singer and songwriter (Tears for Fears)
  • 1961
    Dennis Danell, American guitarist (Social Distortion) (d. 2000)
  • 1961
    Iain Glen, Scottish actor
  • 1961
    Ralph Reed, American political figure and religious leader
  • 1963
    Mike Wieringo, American comic book artist (d. 2007)
  • 1963
    Preki (Predrag Radosavljević), Serbian-born American soccer player
  • 1964
    Gary Suter, American ice hockey player
  • 1965
    Uwe Krupp, German ice hockey player
  • 1966
    Adrienne Shelly, American actress, director and screenwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1966
    Hope Sandoval, American singer and songwriter (Mazzy Star, Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions)
  • 1967
    Bill Huard, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1967
    Janez Lapajne, Slovenian film director
  • 1967
    John Limniatis, Greek-Canadian footballer
  • 1967
    Richard Z. Kruspe, German guitarist (Rammstein)
  • 1967
    Scott Oden, American writer
  • 1967
    Sherry Stringfield, American actress
  • 1968
    Alaa Abdelnaby, Egyptian-American basketball player
  • 1969
    Sissel Kyrkjebø, Norwegian soprano
  • 1970
    Glenn Medeiros, American singer and songwriter
  • 1971
    Christopher Showerman, American actor
  • 1971
    Ji Jin Hee, South Korean actor
  • 1972
    Denis Žvegelj, Slovenian rower
  • 1972
    Robbie McEwen, Australian cyclist
  • 1973
    Alexander Beyer, German actor
  • 1974
    Chris Guccione American baseball umpire
  • 1975
    Carla Gallo, American actress
  • 1975
    Federico Pucciariello, Argentine-born Italian rugby player
  • 1975
    Marek Malik, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Brock Olivo, American football player
  • 1976
    Louisa Leaman, English writer and behaviour expert
  • 1977
    Cas Jansen, Dutch actor
  • 1977
    Dimosthenis Dikoudis, Greek basketball player
  • 1977
    Jeff Farmer, Australian footballer
  • 1978
    Ariel Pink, American recording artist
  • 1978
    Emppu Vuorinen, Finnish guitarist (Nightwish)
  • 1978
    Juan Román Riquelme, Argentine footballer
  • 1978
    Luis García, Spanish footballer
  • 1978
    Pantelis Kafes, Greek footballer
  • 1978
    Shunsuke Nakamura, Japanese footballer
  • 1979
    Craig Shergold, British internet folklore subject
  • 1979
    Mindy Kaling, American actress and TV producer
  • 1979
    Petra Němcová, Czech model
  • 1980
    Andrew Jones, Australian racing driver
  • 1980
    Cicinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1980
    Liane Balaban, Canadian actress
  • 1980
    Minka Kelly, American actress
  • 1982
    Clint Bajada, Maltese television and radio presenter
  • 1982
    Jarret Stoll, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1982
    Kevin Nolan, English footballer
  • 1982
    Mark Penney, Canadian film director
  • 1983
    John Lloyd Cruz, Filipino actor
  • 1983
    Rebecca Cooke, British swimmer
  • 1984
    Andrea Raggi, Italian footballer
  • 1984
    J. J. Redick, American basketball player
  • 1985
    Diego Alves Carreira, Brazilian footballer
  • 1985
    Kyle Searles, American actor
  • 1985
    Yukina Shirakawa, Japanese gravure idol
  • 1986
    Phil Hughes, American baseball player
  • 1986
    Solange Knowles, American singer
  • 1986
    Stuart Broad, English cricketer
  • 1987
    Arturo Lupoli, Italian footballer
  • 1987
    Craig Henderson, New Zealand footballer
  • 1987
    Lionel Messi, Argentine footballer
  • 1987
    Sandeep Kumar H R (SANDY), Indian Film Director
  • 1987
    Serdar Güneş, Turkish footballer
  • 1988
    Nichkhun Horvejkul, Thai-American singer active in South Korea (2PM)
  • 1989
    Apoorva Anwekar, Indian Born active in Raipur Chattisgarh (2PM)
  • 1990
    Michael Del Zotto, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1998
    Coy Stewart, American actor
  • 2003
    Marcus Fiesel, American murder victim (d. 2006)

Who Died On June 24?

  • 238
    Maximinus Thrax, Roman Emperor (b. 173)
  • 803
    Higbald, Bishop of Lindisfarne (birth year unknown)
  • 1398
    Hongwu Emperor, founder of the Ming Dynasty of China (b. 1328)
  • 1439
    Duke Frederick IV of Austria (b. 1382)
  • 1519
    Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara (b. 1480)
  • 1520
    Hosokawa Sumimoto, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1489)
  • 1604
    Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, Lord Great Chamberlain of England (b. 1550)
  • 1637
    Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, French astronomer (b. 1580)
  • 1643
    John Hampden, English politician (b. 1595)
  • 1766
    Adrien-Maurice, 3rd duc de Noailles, French soldier (b. 1678)
  • 1778
    Pieter Burmann the Younger, Dutch philologist (b. 1714)
  • 1803
    Matthew Thornton, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1714)
  • 1817
    Thomas McKean, American lawyer and politician (b. 1734)
  • 1835
    Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, Greek admiral and politician (b. 1769)
  • 1894
    Marie François Sadi Carnot, French statesman (b. 1837)
  • 1908
    Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States (b. 1837)
  • 1909
    Sarah Orne Jewett, American writer (b. 1849)
  • 1922
    Walther Rathenau, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1867)
  • 1931
    Otto Mears, Russian-born American railroad executive (b. 1840)
  • 1931
    Xiang Zhongfa, Head of the Chinese Communist Party (b. 1880)
  • 1935
    Carlos Gardel, Argentine tango singer (b. 1890)
  • 1946
    Louise Whitfield Carnegie, American philanthropist (b. 1857)
  • 1947
    Emil Seidel, Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (b. 1864)
  • 1968
    Tony Hancock, British comedian (b. 1924)
  • 1976
    Imogen Cunningham, American photographer (b. 1883)
  • 1977
    André-Gilles Fortin, Canadian politician (b. 1943)
  • 1978
    Robert Charroux, French writer (b. 1909)
  • 1984
    Clarence Campbell, Canadian president of the National Hockey League (b. 1905)
  • 1987
    Jackie Gleason, American actor and musician (b. 1916)
  • 1989
    Hibari Misora, Japanese singer and actress (b. 1937)
  • 1991
    Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter (b. 1899)
  • 1991
    Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-born novelist (b. 1917)
  • 1997
    Brian Keith, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 1997
    Don Hutson, American football player (b. 1913)
  • 2000
    David Tomlinson, English actor (b. 1917)
  • 2000
    Rodrigo Bueno, Argentine singer {b. 1973}
  • 2000
    Vera Atkins, Romanian-born intelligence officer (b. 1908)
  • 2002
    Pierre Werner, Prime Minister of Luxembourg (b. 1913)
  • 2003
    Vladimir Garin, Russian actor (b. 1987)
  • 2004
    Ifigeneia Giannopoulou, Greek songwriter (b. 1957)
  • 2005
    Paul Winchell, American voice actor and ventriloquist (b. 1922)
  • 2005
    Yedidia Shofet, former chief rabbi of Iran (b. 1908)
  • 2006
    Patsy Ramsey, mother of JonBenét Ramsey (b. 1956)
  • 2007
    Byron Baer, American politician (b. 1929)
  • 2007
    Chris Benoit, Canadian wrestler (b. 1967)
  • 2007
    Derek Dougan, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1938)
  • 2007
    Natasja Saad, Danish reggae and dance hall artist (b. 1974)
  • 2008
    Gerhard Ringel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1919)
  • 2008
    Ira Tucker, American gospel singer (The Dixie Hummingbirds) (b. 1925)
  • 2009
    Ed Thomas, American High School football coach (b. 1951)
  • 2009
    Roméo LeBlanc, 25th Governor General of Canada (b. 1927)
  • 2010
    Tomislav Gotovac, Croatian movie director, actor, performer, multimedia and conceptual artist (b. 1937)
  • 2011
    Tomislav Ivić, Croatian football manager (b. 1933)


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