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6/24/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - June 24

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Today in History in 1916 Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract; in 1949 "Hopalong Cassidy" becomes 1st network western (NBC); and in 1957 "I Love Lucy" last airs on CBS-TV.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 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 claims Eastern Canada for England (believes he found Asia in Nova Scotia)
  • 1509 - Henry VIII is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey
  • 1731 - Freemason and Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen is appointed Provincial Grand Master of Pennsylvania, the first and youngest Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
  • 1793 - 1st republican constitution in France adopted
  • 1812 - Napoleon Bonaparte's forces invade Russia crossing the Neman River
  • 1853 - Gadsden Purchase 29,670-square-mile (76,800 square km) from Mexico (now southern Arizona and New Mexico) for $10 million signed by President Franklin Pierce
  • 1901 - 1st exhibition by Pablo Picasso, 19, opens in Paris
  • 1916 - Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.
  • 1930 - 1st radar detection of planes, Anacostia DC
  • 1949 - "Hopalong Cassidy" becomes 1st network western (NBC)
  • 1957 - "I Love Lucy" last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1979 - Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland & steals his 1st base
  • 1992 - Billy Joel gets an honorary diploma from Hicksville High School at 43
  • 2006 - "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Kiera Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premieres at Disneyland - becomes fastest film to gross over 1 billion
  • 2012 - Female athletes will be allowed to compete for Saudi Arabia at the Olympics for the first time

Famous Birthdays

  • 1842 - Ambrose Bierce, Meigs County, Ohio, American writer and satirist (Devil's Dictionary, Nuggets & Dust)
  • 1893 - Roy O. Disney, co-founder of the Walt Disney Company and brother of Walt (d. 1971)
  • 1895 - Jack Dempsey, "Manassa Mauler", heavyweight boxing champion (1919-26)
  • 1947 - Mick Fleetwood, rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way), born in London, England

Famous Weddings

  • 1885 - 28th US President Woodrow Wilson (28) weds Presbyterian minister's daughter Ellen Louise Axson (25) in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1904 - Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen (30) weds Jessie Isabel Cox
  • 1914 - MLB greatest pitcher Walter Johnson (26) weds Hazel Lee Roberts in Northwest, Washington DC
  • 1924 - American writer Henry Miller (31) marries 2nd wife June Smerth (21) in Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • 1933 - Actor John Wayne (26) weds Josephine Saenz (25) in Los Angeles
  • 1934 - Golfer Byron Nelson (22) weds Louise Shofner
  • 1967 - NFL Footballer and later criminal OJ Simpson (19) marries Marguerite Whitley
  • 1983 - "NBC Sports" sportscaster Bob Costas (31) weds Carole Randall Krumenacher
  • 2000 - "Dixie Chicks" lead vocalist Natalie Maines (25) weds "Profit" actor Adrian Pasdar (35) at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2005 - "Real Madrid" football striker Michael Owen (25) weds Louise Bonsall at Carden Park Hotel in Chester, England
  • 2006 - "The Desperate Housewives" actress Marcia Cross (44) weds stockbroker Tom Mahoney (48) at Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Parish in Pasadena, California
  • 2006 - "Numb3rs" actress Diane Farr (36) weds marketing executive Seung Yong Chung (35) at Rainbow Tarns, California
  • 2010 - Actress and model Megan Fox (24) weds Beverly Hills 90210 actor Brian Austin Green (36) at the Four Seasons Hualalai near Kona, Hawaii
  • 2013 - Actress Kerry Washington (36) weds NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha (32) in Blaine County, Idaho

Famous Divorces

  • 1994 - Sally Fields files for divorce from 2nd husband Alan Greisman
  • 1997 - Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry (30) divorces MLB outfielder David Justice (31) after more than 4 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1908 - Grover Cleveland, 22nd & 24th US President (1885-89, 93-97), dies at 71
  • 1935 - Carlos Gardel, Argentine singer and the most prominent figure in the history of tango, dies in a plane crash at 44
  • 2012 - Lonesome George, Pinta giant tortoise and rarest creature in the world, dies at c. 100
  • 2013 - Emilio Colombo, Italian Prime Minister, dies at 93
  • 2014 - Eli Wallach, American actor, dies at 98

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