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On This Day In History for June 24, 2020
This is the 176th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 190 days remaining in 2020.
It was on this date in 109, that Roman emperor Trajan inaugurated the Aqua Traiana, an aqueduct that channels water from Lake Bracciano, 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of Rome.
June 24, 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.
Also today in 1497, John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland leading the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.
June 24, 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.
That same date in 1717, The Premier Grand Lodge of England is founded in London, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England).
Also today in 1916, Mary Pickford became the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract.
It was on this date in 1918, that First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.
It was 82 years ago today, that Pieces of a meteorite landed near Chicora, Pennsylvania. The meteorite is estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded.
It was on this date in 1947, that Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
On June 24, 1949, The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, starring William Boyd, aired on NBC.
That same date in 1981, The Humber Bridge opened to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It remained the world’s longest bridge span for 17 years.
On June 24, 2012, Death of Lonesome George, the last known individual of Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii, a subspecies of the Galápagos tortoise.
Happy birthday goes out on this date to:
French chemist and businessman, founded DuPont, Éleuthère Irénée du Pont, born on this date in 1771.
American inventor, Thomas Blanchard was born 232 years ago today.
Born June 24, 1852, German bacteriologist and academic Friedrich Loeffler.
American mathematician and academic (g. 1960), Oswald Veblen is 140 today.
Victor Francis Hess, the Austrian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate was born 137 years ago today.
American businessman, co-founded The Walt Disney Company, Roy O. Disney was born 127 years ago today.
Wilhelm Cauer, German mathematician and engineer was born on that same date in 1900.
William Penney, the Baron Penney, English mathematician and physicist was born 111 years ago today.
Argentinian physicist and academic, Ernesto Sabato, born on this date in 1911.
Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and author was born on that same date in 1915.
Born June 24, 1917, English cryptanalyst and numismatist Joan Clarke.
Al Molinaro, the American actor was born 101 years ago today.
Born June 24, 1924, Scottish astronomer and academic Archie Roy.
Martin Lewis Perl, the American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate was born 93 years ago today.
Also turning 91 today is American astronomer Carolyn S. Shoemaker.
English-American drummer, Mick Fleetwood, born on this date in 1942.