It happened today – this day in history – June 24

1314: Scotland regains independence from England at the Battle of Bannockburn.

1340: The English fleet destroys the French at the battle of Sluys during the Hundred Years War.

1441: Eton College is founded by Henry VI.

1497: John Cabot claims Eastern Canada for England thinking Nova Scotia is Asia. On the same day, Cornish traitors Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank are executed at Tyburn gallows.

1509: Henry VIII is crown king of England at Westminster Abbey.

1527: Physician and alchemist Paracelsus publicly burns standard medical textbooks in Basle as a protest against the current teaching and practice of medicine.

1540: Henry VIII commands his fourth wife, Anne of Cleeves to leave the court.

1658: The French fleet recaptures Duinkerk.

1690: William III’s army lands at Carrickfergus, now in Northern Ireland.

1717: The first Freemasons’ grand lodge is founded in London.

1812: Napoleon Bonaparte’s forces invade Russia.

1853: US President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square-miles (76,800 square km) from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico).

1861: Tennessee becomes 11th and last state to secede from the Union in the American Civil War.

1885: The British government of Lord Salisbury forms.

1894: The decision is made to hold the modern Olympics every four years. On the same day, French president Marie François Sadi Carnot is assassinated in Lyon by Italian anarchist Sante Geronimo Caserio.

1899: Marion Jones beats Maud Banks 6-1, 6-1, 7-5 to win the US National Women’s Tennis Championship.

1901: The first exhibition by Pablo Picasso, 19, opens on Paris.

1902: The coronation of Edward VII is delayed when he develops appendicitis..

1908: Death of former US President Grover Cleveland aged 71

1916: Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.

1917: The Russian Black Sea fleet mutinies at Sebastopol.

1922: Adolf Hitler begins a month long prison sentence for paramilitary operations over what he calls the ‘Jewish sell-out’ of Germany to the Bolsheviks.

1930: The first radar detection of planes at Anacostia, Washington, D.C.

1932: A coup ends centuries of absolute monarchy in Thailand.

1940: France signs an armistice with Italy.

1941: The entire Jewish male population of Gorzhdy, Lithuania, is exterminated.

1947: Flying saucers are sighted over Mount Rainier, Seattle, by pilot Ken Arnold.

1948: The Soviet Union begins a blockade of West Berlin by stopping access by road, rail and water.

1950: The French government of prime Minister Georges Bidault resigns.

1961: Iraq demands dominion over Kuwait.

1963: The first demonstration of a home video recorder, at BBC Studios in London.

1965: John Lennon’s second book of poetry and drawings, ‘A Spaniard In The Works’, was published.

1968: Joe Frazier TKOs Manuel Ramos in Round 2 for the heavyweight boxing title.

1972: The IRA kills three British Army soldiers in a land mine attack near Dungiven.

1974: India all out for 42 in 77 minutes against England at Lords.

1982: US Supreme Court rules the president can’t be sued for actions while in office.

1988: UB40 bass player Earl Falconer was sent to prison for six months, with a further 12 suspended, after admitting to causing his brothers death in a car accident.

1990: New Kids On The Block’s Donnie Wahlberg spent two days in hospital after falling through an unlocked trapdoor mid-concert in Saratoga Springs, New York.

1992: Mafia boss John Gotti begins a life sentence for murder and other crimes.

1995: South Africa beats New Zealand, 15-12 to win the Rugby World Cup in Johannesburg.

1999: Eric Clapton put 100 of his guitars up for auction at Christie’s in New York City to raise money for his drug rehab clinic, the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. The auction helped raise nearly $5 million for the clinic. His 1956 Fender Stratocaster named Brownie, which was used to record the electric version of ‘Layla’, sold for a record $497,500.

2003: A man who had been deported from Sweden for stalking ABBA singer Agnetha Faeltskog was arrested near the singer’s island retreat. Gert van der Graaf, 37, had been the singer’s boyfriend from 1997 to 1999, but had been issued a restraining order barring him from seeing or talking to her in 2000.

2004: A Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed ‘Blackie’ sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500 (£564,412) in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. The proceeds went towards Clapton’s Crossroads addiction clinic.

2007: Death of former Wolves and Northern Ireland footballer Derek Dougan.

2010: In the longest match in tennis history, American John Isner defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon after 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over three days.

2012: Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood becomes President of Egypt.

2013: Former Devo drummer Alan Myers died aged 58 in Los Angeles, after a long fight with cancer.

2014: A working draft of Bob Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’, set a record at auction, selling for $2m (£1.2m) at Sotheby’s. The manuscript, said to be the only known draft of the final lyrics, was written in pencil in 1965.

2016: Prime Minister David Cameron resigns in the wake of the referendum result for Britain to leave the EU.

2017: The UN states the Yemen cholera epidemic is the worst outbreak anywhere in the world with 200,000 cases.

2018: Women in Saudi Arabia are allowed to drive for the first time.

2019: President Donald Trump imposes sanctions on Iran following the shooting down of a US drone. On the same day, an El Salvador immigrant father and his 23-month-old daughter drown trying to cross the Rio Grande into the US with their photo causing widespread condemnation.

BIRTHDAYS: Terry Riley, composer, 85; Arthur Brown, singer/songwriter, 78; Charlie Whitney, guitarist (Family) 76; Jeff Beck, guitarist, 76; Colin Blunstone, singer (The Zombies) 75; Mick Fleetwood, drummer, 73; Patrick Moraz, keyboardist, 72; John Illsley, bassist (Dire Straits) 71; Nancy Allen, actress, 70; Jeff Cease, guitarist (The Black Crowes) 63; Astro (Terence Wilson) singer, (UB40) 63; Andy McCluskey, bassist/singer (OMD) 61; Iain Glen, actor, 59; Curt Smith, singer/bassist (Tears For Fears) 59; Richard Kruspe, guitarist (Rammstein) 53; Mindy Kaling, actress, 41; Kevin Nolan, footballer, 38; Solange Knowles, singer, 34; Stuart Broad, cricketer, 34; Lionel Messi, footballer, 33; Beanie Feldstein, actress, 27.


Mick Ferris

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