Today in History for 24th June 2021

Historical Events

1658 – French fleet recaptures Duinkerk
1885 – British government of Salisbury forms
1961 – “Happiest Girl in the World” closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 performances
1986 – In Britain, Foreign Office Minister Lynda Chalker, meets Oliver Tambo, president of the African National Congress to discuss means of ending Apartheid without violence
1989 – Cards Vince Coleman steals record 39th and 40th consecutive bases
2004 – Capital punishment is declared unconstitutional in New York

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Famous Birthdays

1286 – John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey, English politician and the last Warenne earl of Surrey (d. 1347)
1747 – Johann Melchior Dreyer, German composer, born in Röttingen, Württemberg (d. 1824)
1771 – Éleuthère Irénée du Pont, French-American chemist and industrialist (E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company), born in Paris (d. 1834)
1938 – Don Mincher, Huntsville, Alabama, Major League Baseball 1st baseman, (d. 2012)
1978 – Ariel Pink, American musician
1979 – Petra Němcová, Czechoslovakian-born model, born in Karviná, Czechoslovakia

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Famous Deaths

1572 – Cornelis van Diest, lay brother, hanged
1913 – Frank Lynes, American composer, dies at 55
1991 – Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-born American novelist (b. 1917)
1997 – Brian Keith, American actor (Family Affair, Loneliest Runner, The Parent Trap), commits suicide at 75
2009 – Ed Thomas, well-known high school football coach from Iowa (b. 1951)
2011 – Tomislav Ivić, Croatian football manager (b. 1933)

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