Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/July 24
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This is a list of selected July 24 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled July 24, 2017 featured article or the July 24, 2017 featured picture.
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Bombing of Hamburg
|1411 – Forces of Donald of Islay, Lord of the Isles, and Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar, fought at the Battle of Harlaw near Inverurie, Scotland.||refimprove section|
|Simón Bolívar Day in Ecuador and Venezuela;||observance not mentioned in article|
|1911 – In the Peruvian Andes, American explorer Hiram Bingham re-discovered Machu Picchu (pictured), then thought to be the "Lost City of the Incas".||refimprove section|
|1915 – The passenger ship SS Eastland rolled over while tied to a dock in the Chicago River, killing 844 passengers and crew, the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes.||refimprove section|
|1927 – The Menin Gate war memorial in Ypres, Belgium, marking the starting point for one of the main roads out of the town that led Allied soldiers to the front line during World War I, was unveiled.||refimprove section|
|1929 – The Kellogg-Briand Pact, an international treaty renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, went into effect.||featured on August 27|
|1938 – A combined German–Austrian team became the first team to climb the north face of the Eiger, one of the six great north faces of the Alps.||refimprove section|
|1943 – Second World War: RAF Bomber Command began Operation Gomorrah, the strategic bombing of Hamburg, Germany, eventually killing at least 50,000 and leaving over a million others homeless.||refimprove section|
|1963 – Bluenose II, a replica fishing schooner and major Canadian symbol, was launched in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.||lots of CN tags|
|1977 – The Libyan–Egyptian War, a short border war between the two nations, ended after the combatants agreed to a ceasefire brokered by Algeria.||featured on July 21|
|1991 – The government of P. V. Narasimha Rao and his finance minister Manmohan Singh introduced reforms that began the ongoing economic liberalisation in India.||cleanup required, refimprove section|
|2001 – Sri Lankan Civil War: Fourteen members of the Black Tigers squadron of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam carried out a suicide attack on Bandaranaike International Airport, destroying eight military aircraft and three passenger jets.||refimprove|
|2001 – Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, was sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming one of the first monarchs in history to regain political power through a democratic election to a different office.||unreferenced sections|
|2007 – The Libyan government extradited six foreign medical workers who were charged with conspiring to deliberately infect over 400 children with HIV in 1998.||unreferenced section|
- 1783 – The Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti and the Russian Empire signed the Treaty of Georgievsk, establishing Georgia as a protectorate of Russia.
- 1847 – Brigham Young led the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley of Utah, at the time a part of Mexico.
- 1923 – The Treaty of Lausanne was signed to settle the Anatolian part of the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire, establishing the boundaries of modern Turkey.
- 1959 – Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon held an impromptu debate at the opening of the American National Exhibition at Sokolniki Park in Moscow.
- 1980 – At the Moscow Olympics, Australia's Quietly Confident Quartet swimming team won the gold medal in the men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay, the only time that the United States, who were boycotting these games, has not won the event at Olympic level.
- 2002 – Having been convicted of accepting bribes, income tax evasion, and racketeering, James Traficant was expelled from the United States House of Representatives.
- 2009 – The MV Arctic Sea, reportedly carrying timber, was allegedly boarded by hijackers off the coast of Sweden, but much speculation remains as to the actual cargo and events.
- 1701 – French explorer Antoine de La Mothe Cadillac established Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit, which later grew into the city of Detroit.
- 1910 – Ottoman forces captured the city of Shkodër to put down the Albanian revolt of 1910.
- 1967 – During a speech in Montreal, French President Charles de Gaulle declared "Long live free Quebec!", a statement that was interpreted as support for Quebec independence from Canada.
- 1998 – A gunman entered the United States Capitol and opened fire, killing two United States Capitol Police officers.
- 2013 – A Spanish high-speed train derailed at Santiago de Compostela; 79 died and around 140 were injured (rescue efforts pictured).