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This Day in History for Thursday 24th July 2014

Historical Events

Events 1 - 15 of 181

1132 - Battle of Nocera between Ranulf II of Alife and Roger II of Sicily.
1148 - Louis VII of France lays siege to Damascus during the Second Crusade.
1411 - Battle of Harlaw, one of the bloodiest battles in Scotland, takes place.
1487 - Citizens of Leeuwarden Neth rebel against ban on foreign beer
1534 - Jacques Cartier, lands in Canada, claims it for France
1567 - Mary Queen of Scots is forced to abdicate; her 1-year-old son becomes King James VI of Scots
1577 - Spanish army/German mercenaries conquer Namur
1577 - Treason of Don Juan in Brussels
1581 - States of Holland/Zealand recognized by Willem van Orange
1651 - Anthony Johnson, a free black, receives grant of 250 acres in Va
1673 - Edmund Halley enters The Queen's College, Oxford, as an undergraduate
1683 - 1st settlers from Germany to US, leave aboard Concord
1692 - French defeat William III of England at Steinkirk (Enghein)
1701 - Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac found trading post at Ft Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit
1704 - English & Dutch troops occupy Gibraltar

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Famous Birthdays

Born Today

Military and Political Leader Simon BolívarMilitary and Political Leader Simon Bolívar (1783)

Birthdays 1 - 15 of 241

1380 - Johannes van Capestrano, Italian saint
1660 - Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury, English politician (d. 1718)
1720 - Louise Ulrike, queen of Sweden/wife of Adolf Frederik
1725 - John Newton, English cleric and hymnist (d. 1807)
1738 - Elizabeth "Betje" Wolff-Bekker, Dutch author/poet (Sara Burgerhart)
1757 - Vladimir Borovikovsky, Russian painter (d. 1825)
1759 - Victor Emmanuel I, King of Sardinia (1802-21)
1783 - Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela, political and military leader (freed 6 Latin American republics from Spanish rule), (d. 1830)
1786 - Joseph Nicollet, French mathematician and explorer (d. 1843)
1794 - Johan Georg Forchhammer, Danish geologist (d. 1865)
1796 - Herman van Sonsbeeck, Dutch lawyer/statesman
1796 - John Middleton Clayton, Delaware, (Sen-Del)/US Sec of State (1849-50)
1798 - John Adams Dix, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1879
1802 - Alexandre Dumas, Aisne France, author (3 Musketeers, Count of Monte Cristo), (d. 1870)
1802 - Ira Aldridge, African American stage actor

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Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 8 of 8

1554 - Queen Maria of England marries Philip, king of Naples/Jerusalem
1972 - Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (24) weds Sarah Hugill
1980 - Tennis star Bjorn Borg (24) weds tennis player Mariana Simionescu (23) in Bucharest, Romania
1993 - Actor Richard Moll (Night Court) weds Susan Brown
1993 - Night Court actor Richard Moll (50) weds Susan Brown (32)
2004 - "The Calling" singer Alex Band (23) weds "Cleopatra 2525" actress Jennifer Sky (27) in West Palm Beach, Florida
2004 - Former MSNBC news anchor Ashleigh Banfield (36) weds real estate financier Howard Gould (31) in Kenora, Ontario
2010 - "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" actress and a well-known model Cynthia Bailey weds entrepreneur Peter Thomas at Fernback Museum of Natural History in Atlanta

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Famous Deaths

Passed Away Today

Physicist James ChadwickPhysicist James Chadwick (1974)

Deaths 1 - 15 of 95

1115 - Matilda, Countess of Tuscany (b. 1046)
1240 - Konrad von Thüringen, fifth Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights
1345 - Jacob van Artevelde, statesman, murdered
1568 - Prince Don Carlos of Spain (b. 1545)
1594 - John Boste, Catholic saint and martyr (b. 1544)
1652 - Johann Weichmann, composer, dies at 32
1712 - Cornelis earl of Nassau, general-major/mister of Woudenberg, dies
1739 - Benedetto Marcello, composer, dies on 53rd birthday
1756 - George Vertue, engraver, dies
1758 - John Dyer, poet, dies
1768 - Nathanial Lardner, English theologian (b. 1684)
1809 - Johann Gottfried Eckard, composer, dies at 74
1812 - Joseph Schuster, composer, dies at 63
1819 - Sophie Gail, composer, dies at 43
1826 - Jacob Kimball, composer, dies at 65

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