Anniversaries and commemorations come and go daily. Most of us, even the best historians, miss most occasions. If we think of history as events then we are faced with a continually showering in the grains of sand. Nevertheless, we do pick out certain patterns in the remembrance of historical dates. The blog here reminds us of some dates where the local, state, national, and global perspectives entwine.
On 24, Tuesday July 1894, George Peter Alexander Healy, American portrait painter, died (b. 1813)
On 24, Thursday July 1919, Asadollah Alam, Iranian politician, 40th Prime Minister of Iran, born (d. 1978)
On 24, Thursday July 1919, Ferdinand Kübler, Swiss racing cyclist, born (d. 2016)
On 24, Friday July 1959, At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, United States Vice President Richard Nixon and USSR Premier Nikita Khrushchev engage in the “Kitchen Debate”.
On 24, Friday July 1959, In Long Beach, United States, Akiko Kojima of Japan will crown Miss Universe 1959.
On 24, Thursday July 1969, The Apollo 11 astronauts return from the first successful Moon landing, and are placed in biological isolation for several days, on the chance they may have brought back lunar germs. The airless lunar environment is later determined to preclude microscopic life.
On 24, Thursday July 1969, The Soviet Union returns Gerald Brooke to the United Kingdom in exchange for spies Peter and Helen Kroger (Morris and Lona Cohen).
On 24, Thursday July 1969, Jennifer Lopez, American actress and singer, born
On 24, Thursday July 1969, Witold Gombrowicz, Polish novelist and dramatist, died (b. 1904)
On 24, Tuesday July 1979, 14 coal miners die in a lethal gas explosion at Appin Colliery, New South Wales.
On 24, Tuesday July 1979, Rose Byrne, Australian actress, born
On 24, Tuesday July 1979, Lee Si-yeon, South Korean actress, born
On 24, Tuesday July 1979, Stat Quo, American rapper, born
On 24, Tuesday July 1979, Archie Duncan, British actor, died (b. 1914)
On 24, Monday July 1989, Ernie Morrison, American actor, died (b. 1912)
On 24, Thursday July 2014, Air Algérie Flight 5017 crashes in Mali, killing all 116 people on board.