What Happened on June 24


Historical Events

972 – Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces; Mieszko I of Poland decisively defeated Odo I of Lusatia
1945 – Schermerhorn government forms in the Netherlands
1983 – 7th NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Challenger 2 lands at Edwards AFB
1985 – 18th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (51-G): Discovery 5 returns to Earth
1995 – Wrapped Reichstag art installation completed by artists Christo and Jeanne Claude; German parliament building completely wrapped by polypropylene fabric
2013 – Stanley Cup Final, TD Garden, Boston, MA: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Boston Bruins, 3-2 for 4-2 series victory; Blackhawks’ 5th Championship

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Famous Birthdays

1848 – Brooks Adams, American philosopher (Theory of Social Revolutions), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1927)
1909 – William Penney, British physicist (developed Britain’s 1st atom bomb), born in Gibraltar (d. 1991)
1911 – Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine auto racer (World F1 champion 1951, 1954-57), born in Balcarce, Argentina (d. 1995)
1931 – Billy Casper, American golfer (US Open 1959, 66; US Masters 1970), born in San Diego, California (d. 2015)
1965 – Patrick Jeffrey, diver (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Morristown, New Jersey
1978 – Luis García, Spanish footballer

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Famous Deaths

1924 – Willie Fernie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1883), dies at 69
1991 – Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter, dies at 91
2000 – Vera Atkins, Romanian-born British intelligence officer (b. 1908)
2010 – Deborah Jo Billingsley, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and songwriter, dies of cancer at 58
2011 – Tomislav Ivić, Croatian football manager (b. 1933)
2013 – Emilio Colombo, Italian Prime Minister (1970-72, dies at 93

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