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Today In History - July 24

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Today in History in 1567 Mary Queen of Scots was forced to abdicate – her 1-year-old son became King James VI of Scots; in 1847 Brigham Young and his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, Utah; and in 1965 “Like a Rolling Stone” was released by Bob Dylan.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 1758 - George Washington admitted to Virginia House of Burgess
  • 1832 - Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by using Wyoming's South Pass.
  • 1847 - Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, UT
  • 1911 - Hiram Bingham discovers Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas
  • 1925 - John T Scopes found guilty of teaching evolution in the “Scopes monkey trial”, Dayton, Tennessee, fined $100 & costs
  • 1938 - Instant coffee invented
  • 1948 - Soviets blockades Berlin from west
  • 1965 - Bob Dylan release "Like a Rolling Stone"
  • 2002 - On 200th anniversary of his birth French author Alexandre Dumas' ('The Three Musketeers') ashes are interred in the Panthéon in Paris in a televised ceremony.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1725 - John Newton, English cleric and hymnist (d. 1807)
  • 1802 - Alexandre Dumas, Aisne France, author ('The Three Musketeers', 'The Count of Monte Cristo'), (d. 1870)
  • 1897 - Amelia Earhart, Atchison Kansas, American aviator (1st woman to solo Atlantic)
  • 1951 - Lynda Carter, Phoenix Az, Miss USA (1973)/actress (Wonder Woman)
  • 1958 - Pam Tills, Country music artist
  • 1964 - Barry Bonds, Riverside California, left fielder (Pirates, SF Giants, 7X MVP)
  • 1969 - Jennifer Lopez, Bronx New York, actress and pop singer (Selena)
  • 1998 - Bindi Irwin, Australian entertainer; daughter of Steve Irwin

Famous Weddings

  • 1554 - Queen Maria of England marries Philip, king of Naples/Jerusalem
  • 1946 - Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Howard Hanson (49) weds Margaret Elizabeth Nelson at the Chautauqua Institution in New York
  • 1972 - Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (24) weds Sarah Hugill
  • 1980 - Tennis star Bjorn Borg (24) weds tennis player Mariana Simionescu (23) in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1982 - Physicist and astronaut Sally Ride (31) weds astronaut Steven Hawley (30) in Salina, Kansas
  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • 1862 - Martin Van Buren, 8th US president (1837-41), dies of heart failure at 79
  • 1974 - James Chadwick, English physicist (Nobel 1935), dies at 82
  • 1979 - Archie Duncan, actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 65
  • 1980 - Peter Sellers, actor (Pink Panther, Mouse that Roared), dies at 54
  • 2012 - Chad Everett, American actor, dies from lung cancer at 75
  • 2012 - Sherman Hemsley, American Actor, dies from natural causes at 74

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