History of 24 June
1910 – The Japanese army invaded Korea.
1913 – Greece and Serbia annulled their alliance with Bulgaria following border disputes over Macedonia and Thrace.
1922 – The American Professional Football Association took the name of The National Football League.
1931 – The Soviet Union and Afghanistan signed a treaty of neutrality.
1940 – France signed an armistice with Italy.
1940 – TV cameras were used for the first time in a political convention as the Republicans convened in Philadelphia, PA.
1941 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt pledged all possible support to the Soviet Union.
1947 – Kenneth Arnold reported seeing flying saucers over Mt. Rainier, Washington.
1948 – The Soviet Union began the Berlin Blockade.
1953 – John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier announced their engagement.
1955 – Soviet MIG’s down a U.S. Navy patrol plane over the Bering Strait.
1962 – The New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 9-7, after 22 innings.
1964 – The Federal Trade Commission announced that starting in 1965, cigarette manufacturers would be required to include warnings on their packaging about the harmful effects of smoking.
1968 – “Resurrection City,” a shantytown constructed as part of the Poor People’s March on Washington D.C., was closed down by authorities.
1970 – The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
1970 – The movie “Myra Breckinridge” premiered.
1971 – The National Basketball Association modified its four-year eligibility rule to allow for collegiate hardship cases.
1982 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that no president could be sued for damages connected with actions taken while serving as President of the United States.
1985 – Natalia Solzhenitsyn the wife of exiled, Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, became a U.S. citizen.
1986 – The Empire State Building was designated a National Historic Landmark.
1997 – The U.S. Air Force released a report titled “The Roswell Report, Case Closed” that dismissed the claims that an alien spacecraft had crashed in Roswell, NM, in 1947.
1998 – AT&T Corp. struck a deal to buy cable TV giant Tele-Communications Inc. for $31.7 billion.
1998 – Walt Disney World Resort admitted its 600-millionth guest. Disney movies, music, and books
2002 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juries, not judges, must make the decision to give a convicted killer the death penalty.
2002 – A painting from Monet’s Waterlilies series sold for $20.2 million.
2003 – In Paris, France, manuscripts by novelist Georges Simenon brought in $325,579. The original manuscript of “La Mort de Belle” raised $81,705.
2010 – Apple released the iPhone 4.
2010 – John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history.
2010 – Julia Gillard assumes office as the first female Prime Minister of Australia.
2012 – Lonesome George, the last known individual of Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii, a subspecies of the Galápagos tortoise, dies.
2013 – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is found guilty of abusing his power and having sex with an underage prostitute, and is sentenced to seven years in prison.
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1982 – Kevin Nolan, English footballer
- 1982 – Jarret Stoll, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1983 – Rebecca Cooke, English swimmer
- 1983 – Gianni Munari, Italian footballer
- 1983 – Gard Nilssen, Norwegian drummer
- 1983 – David Shillington, Australian rugby league player
- 1984 – Andrea Raggi, Italian footballer
- 1984 – J.J. Redick, American basketball player
- 1984 – Johanna Welin, Swedish-born German wheelchair basketball player
- 1985 – Diego Alves Carreira, Brazilian footballer
- 1985 – Tom Kennedy, English footballer
- 1985 – Ethan Klein, American YouTuber
- 1985 – Nate Myles, Australian rugby league player
- 1985 – Vernon Philander, South African cricketer
- 1985 – Yukina Shirakawa, Japanese model
- 1986 – Stuart Broad, English cricketer
- 1986 – Phil Hughes, American baseball player
- 1986 – Solange Knowles, American singer-songwriter and actress
- 1987 – Simona Dobrá, a Czech tennis player
- 1987 – Lionel Messi, the Argentinian footballer
- 1988 – Micah Richards, English footballer
- 1989 – Teklemariam Medhin, Eritrean runner
- 1990 – Michael Del Zotto, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1990 – Richard Sukuta-Pasu, German footballer
- 1991 – Yasmin Paige, English actress
- 1991 – Aidan Sezer, Australian rugby league player
- 1992 – David Alaba, Austrian footballer