June 24th This Day in History – Ambrose Bierce – Jack Dempsey – Robert Charroux

June 24, 2010
By Vannini

972 – Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces, takes place.

1314 – First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn concludes with a decisive victory of the Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce, though England did not recognise Scottish independence until 1328 with the signing of the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton.

1340 – Hundred Years’ War: Battle of Sluys: The French fleet is almost destroyed by the English Fleet commanded in person by Edward III of England.

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.

1497 – John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland; the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.

1664 – The colony of New Jersey is founded.

1794 – Bowdoin College is founded.

1813 – Battle of Beaver Dams : A British and Indian combined force defeat the U.S Army.

1901 – First exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s work opens.

1916 – World War I: The Battle of the Somme begins with a week long artillery bombardment on the German Line.

1939 – Siam was renamed to Thailand by Plaek Pibulsonggram, the third prime minister.

1947 – Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.

1948 – Start of the Berlin Blockade. The Soviet Union makes overland travel between the West with West Berlin impossible.

1957 – In Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment .

1975 – An Eastern Air Lines Boeing 727 crashes at John F. Kennedy Airport, New York. 113 people die.

1982 – British Airways Flight 9, sometimes referred to as “the Jakarta incident”, flies into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung, resulting in the failure of all four engines.

1993 – Yale computer science professor Dr. David Gelernter loses the sight in one eye, the hearing in one ear, and part of his right hand after receiving a mailbomb from the Unabomber.

2004 – In New York state, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.

Notable Births

1687 – Johann Albrecht Bengel, German scholar (d. 1757)

1842 – Ambrose Bierce, American author (disappeared ca. 1914)

1893 – Roy O. Disney, a founder of the Walt Disney Company (d. 1971)

1895 – Jack Dempsey, American boxer (d. 1983)

1941 – Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French philosopher, psychoanalyst, and novelist

1960 – Trisha Meili, the “Central Park Jogger”

1979 – Petra Němcová, Czechoslovakian-born model

Notable Deaths

1398 – Hongwu Emperor of China (b. 1328)

1520 – Hosokawa Sumimoto, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1489)

1778 – Pieter Burmann the Younger, Dutch philologist (b. 1714)

1908 – Grover Cleveland, President of the United States (b. 1837)

1978 – Robert Charroux, French writer (b. 1909)

2004 – Ifigeneia Giannopoulou, Greek songwriter (b. 1957)

2008 – Gerhard Ringel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1919)

2008 – Ira Tucker, American gospel singer (The Dixie Hummingbirds) (b. 1925)

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