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What happened on July 24th


  • July 24, 1132 Battle of Nocera between Ranulf II of Alife and Roger II of Sicily. 
  • July 24, 1411 “Battle of Harlaw, one of the bloodiest battles on Scottish soil.”
  • July 24, 1487 “Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands strike against ban on foreign beer.”
  • July 24, 1567 Mary Queen of Scots is deposed and replaced by her 1 year old son James VI.
  • July 24, 1651 “Anthony Johnson, a free black, receives grant of 250 acres in Va”
  • July 24, 1673 “Edmund Halley enters Queen’s College, Oxford, as an undergraduate” 
  • July 24, 1683 “The first settlers from Germany to US, leave aboard the Concord”
  • July 24, 1701 “Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit.”
  • July 24, 1701 French make first landing at site of Detroit
  • July 24, 1704 Great Britain takes Gibralter from Spain
  • July 24, 1758 George Washington admitted to Virginia House of Burgess
  • July 24, 1783 Georgia becomes a protectorate of tsarist Russia
  • July 24, 1799 William Clark (of Lewis & Clark) is willed the slave York
  • July 24, 1813 “Sailing Master Elijah Mix attempts to blow up British warship Plantagenet with a torpedo near Cape Henry, Virginia.”
  • July 24, 1814 War of 1812: General Phineas Riall advances toward the Niagara River to halt Jacob Brown’s American invaders.
  • July 24, 1824 Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper publishes results of first public opinion poll. Clear lead for Andrew Jackson
  • July 24, 1832 Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by using Wyoming’s South Pass.
  • July 24, 1847 “After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City. Celebrations of this event include the Pioneer Day Utah state holiday and the Days of ’47 Parade.”
  • July 24, 1847 “Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, UT”
  • July 24, 1847 “Rotary-type printing press patented by Richard March Hoe, NYC”
  • July 24, 1866 Reconstruction: Tennessee becomes the first U.S. state to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War.
  • July 24, 1870 The first trans-US rail service begins
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