24 JUNE
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, 1340
  • Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester, 1532
  • Saint John of the Cross, 1542
  • Henry Ward Beecher, 1813
  • Ambrose Bierce, 1842
  • Lord Kitchener, 1850
  • Jack Dempsey, 1895
  • Chief Dan George, 1899
  • Norman Cousins, 1915
  • Sir Fred Hoyle, 1915
  • John Ciardi, 1916
  • Jack Carter, 1922
  • Claude Chabrol, 1930
  • Michele Lee, 1942
  • Jeff Beck, 1944
  • Mick Fleetwood, 1948
  • Alfred Molina, 1953

Died On This Day:

  • Emperor Vitellius, AD 79
  • King Ferdinand I Castile & Leon, 1065
  • Lucrezia Borgia, 1519
  • Mary Tudor, 1533
  • Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, 1604
  • Grover Cleveland, 1908
  • Tony Hancock, suicide, 1968
  • Jackie Gleason, 1987
  • Paul Winchell, 2005
  • Eli Wallach, 2014

Today's Events:

  • 1204 - Philip II (the bastard) and his forces take Rouen, capital of Normandy, which becomes French again.
  • 1314 - Battle of Bannockburn fought between Scots and English. Scots win under Robert the Bruce.
  • 1340 - Battle of Sluys-English fleet defeats French (First major engagement of 100 years war).
  • 1497 - John Cabot reaches North American shore.
  • 1675 - King Philip's War begins; colonists at Plymouth massacred by Indians under Wampanoag leader Philip.
  • 1812 - Napoleon invades Russia.
  • 1859 - Austria defeated by France and Sardinia in Battle of Solferino. 14,000 killed/wounded.
  • 1881 - First photograph taken of a comet by A.A. Common in England and H. Draper in USA.
  • 1901 - Spanish artist Pablo Picasso opens first exhibit in Paris at Ambroise Vollard gallery.
  • 1940 - Republican Convention in Philly is first to be televised. Wendell Wilkie nominated.
  • 1947 - First reported sighting of an unidentified flying object (UFO).
  • 1948 - Russian blockade of Berlin begins; Stalin stops West's access; huge airlift of food begins.
  • 1956 - Col. Gamal Abdul Nasser elected president of Egypt.
  • 1989 - Warner Brothers movie 'Batman.' grosses $14.6 million in one day-a record.
  • 1997 - World record for watercolor painting - Van Gogh's 'La Moisson en Provence' 1888 sells for $8 mil.
  • 1997 - US Air Force reports the 'Roswell Incident' alien bodies were really life-sized dummies. See 7/5/47
  • 2002 - Nymphease - Monet's 'Water Lilies' - sells for £13.48 million at Sotheby's-short of £18m '98 record.
  • 2010 - Longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon: John Isner (US) beats Nicolas Mahut (FR) in 11hrs 5 minutes over 3 days; final set 70-68.
  • 2010 - Welsh coalminer's daughter Julia Gillard becomes first woman Prime Minister of Australia following resignation of Kevin Rudd.
  • 2016 - Biggest worldwide daily market loss in history - $2.08 trillion wiped off global equity markets because of Brexit vote; Dow down -610, 10th worst in history.
  • 2016 - British voters choose Brexit (to withdraw from EU), announced by the BBC at 4:00 a.m.; Leave vote wins 52% over 48% to stay.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • John the Baptist

Holiday:

  • Macau Day celebrates St. John, patron saint of Macau
  • Midsummer Day
  • Saint John's Day celebrated in Mexico, Norway, etc.
  • Izonomiya Otane Shinji rice planting festival in Japan
  • St. Baptiste Day celebrated in French Canada

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • SAVITRI-VRATA, Hindu Festival for women
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • SHAVUOT or Feast of Weeks (Jewish), on 6th or 7th of lunar month Sivan.
  • ASCENSION (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTECOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • FATHER'S DAY (U.S.) Third Sunday in June.
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • GAY AND LESBIAN PRIDE DAY - Last Sunday in June
  • CHAGU-CHAGU UMAKKO or horse Festival in Morioka celebrated second Saturday in June
  • HARE KRISHNA RATHA YATRA CHARIOT CARNIVAL celebrated 3rd week in June.
  • AMBUBACHI MELA Festival at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, India celebrated third week in June for 5 days

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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