A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on July 24th. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On July 24, 1814, British forces under Phineas Riall marched to the Niagara River to halt an American force from invading Canada.
On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland, a passenger ship only 265 feet long and 38 feet wide, rolled over while tied up at dock, killing 848 people, the greatest loss of life in any Great Lakes maritime disaster.
On July 24, 1935, the heat wave aspect of the Great Dust Bowl hit its high point, with temperatures soaring in the Midwest and on the Great Plains, cities such as Chicago reaching 109 °F and Milwaukee hitting 104 °F.
On July 24, 1943, “Operation Gomorrah” began, the eradication of the City of Hamburg with “brimstone and fire from the heavens.”
On July 24, 1980, a quartet of Australian swimmers took the Olympic Gold Medal in the Men’s Swimming 4 by 100-meter medley relay race, the only time an American team failed to win this particular event.
On July 24, 1983, Major League Baseball experienced a strange incident that caused a furor on the field, in corporate offices, and in the homes of baseball fans all over the country when George Brett of the Kansas City Royals blasted a homerun and then had it taken away!
On July 24, 2001, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha made history as the first monarch of a country to get elected to the top political government job, in this case, Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
On July 24, 2016, we reported on a Syrian refugee blowing up a suicide bomb in Ansbach, Germany wounding at least 12 people.
On July 24, 2017, in New Delhi, The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, spoke at the launch of the online complaint system “Sexual Harassment e-Box” for registering complaints related to sexual harassment at workplace.
On July 24, 2021, we celebrated Ancient History Day!
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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