ON THIS DAY: July 24, 2017

July 24 is

Cousins Day

Drive-Thru Day

Tell an Old Joke Day

National Tequila Day

Thermal Engineers Day


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World Festivals and National Holidays

Ecuador and Venezuela – Simon Bolivar Birthday

Greece – Restoration of Democracy

Peru – Fiesta Patronal San Santiago

United Kingdom – Pylewell Park, Hampshire:
The Curious Arts Festival

United States – Utah: Mormon Pioneer Day

Vanuatu – Children’s Day


On This Day in HISTORY

1148 – French King Louis VII’s troops lay siege to Damascus during Second Crusade

1487 – Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands, go on strike against a ban on imported beer

1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, forced to abdicate in favor of her year-old son, James VI

1686 – Benedetto Marcello born, Italian composer, writer and poet

1783 – Simón Bolívar “El Libertador” is born, Venezuelan commander

1802 – Alexander Dumas born, French author and dramatist; The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo

1803 – Adolphe Adam born, French composer, noted for the ballets Giselle (1841) and Le corsair (1856)

1823 – Slavery is abolished in Chile

1847 – Brigham Young and his followers arrive at the Great Salt Lake in Utah

1847 – Richard M. Hoe patents rotary-type printing press

1853 – William Gillette born, American playwright and actor; Sherlock Holmes is his signature role

1866 – Tennessee is the first state readmitted to the Union after the Civil War

1868 – Marie Goegg-Pouchoulin founds the Association Internationale des Femmes, the first women’s organization in Switzerland, advocating for women’s rights, education and peace; leads a successful campaign for women’s admission to University of Geneva in 1872

1880 – Ernest Bloch born in Switzerland, American composer, many of his works inspired by his Jewish heritage

1895 – Robert Graves born, English novelist, poet and classical scholar; I, Claudius

1892 – Icie Hoobler born, biochemist and physiologist; first woman to head a local section of the American Chemical Society and to serve as its national president; Director of the Research Laboratory of the Children’s Fund of Michigan

1897 – Amelia Earhart, future pilot, is born

1904 – James Rhyne Killian born, American academic; president of M.I.T. (1948-59); as Special Assistant for Science and Technology to President Eisenhower, he oversees creation of the President’s Science Advisory Committee (PSAC), which helps create NASA after the USSR launches Sputniks 1 and 2

1908 – Cootie Williams born, American Jazz musician

1911 – Hiram Bingham finds ruins of Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes

1916 – John D. MacDonald born, American mystery and science fiction writer; Travis McGee mystery series

1920 – Bella Abzug born, lawyer, outspoken feminist, Congresswoman (D-NY 1973-77) and wearer of hats

1922 – Draft of British Mandate of Palestine confirmed by League of Nations Council

1929 – Kellogg-Briand Act, renouncing war as instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect (first signed in Paris in August, 1928, by most leading world powers)

1937 – The state of Alabama drops charges against four of the nine black teenaged men accused of raping two white women on a train – the infamous ‘Scottsboro Boys’ case; others spend years in prison even after the women recant, admitting their story is false

1938 – Artie Shaw records “Begin the Beguine”

1944 – Jim Armstrong born, Irish guitarist with Them and Sk’Boo, also played some with The Doors, Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa

1950 – Cape Canaveral begins operations, launching a Bumper rocket

1959 – The “kitchen debate” between U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev takes place at the American National Exhibition opening in Moscow, in the exhibition’s model kitchen; they discuss washing machines, capitalism, the free exchange of ideas, summit meetings, rockets and ultimatums

1965 –The Byrds’ cover of Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” is the #1 single in the UK

1969 – NASA’s returning Apollo 11 splashes down safely in the Pacific after its manned moon mission

1974 – U.S. Supreme Court rules 9-0 that President Nixon must turn over subpoenaed White House tapes to Watergate special prosecutor

1979 – Ted Bundy is convicted of first-degree murder by a Miami jury for killing two women college students

1985 – Disney releases animated film, The Black Cauldron

1987 – Hulda Crooks, 91-years-old, becomes oldest person to climb Japan’s Mount Fuji

1990 – Iraq masses huge numbers of troops and tanks on its border with Kuwait

1990 – Pantera’s first major release, “Cowboys from Hell”

1995 – Three-night celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 80th birthday begins at Carnegie Hall

2002 – U.S. House of Representatives expels Representative James Traficant (D-OH) after he is convicted in federal court of bribery, tax evasion and racketeering


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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: July 24, 2017

  1. Malisha says:

    My contribution to “Tell an Old Joke” Day: It’s an engineer joke.
    An engineer dies and goes to Hell. As he is being given his initial tour, a minor imp shows him where on the seven circles, he will begin his eternal punishment. He interrupts, saying he needs to speak with the CEO. The imp laughs and ignores his request. He persists and somehow wears down the imp’s patience and the imp finally escorts him into Satan’s office.
    Satan grins at him. “WHAT? You think you should be transferred? Let me guess…”
    “No, not at all,” says the engineer. “Clearly I deserve this. But you, and your illustrious staff, do not. You need some serious improvements in the working environment down here and I can provide them; I was a bad person but a good engineer.” Satan is interested. The engineer continues: “You have poor ventilation, terrible. I can fix that.” Satan asks a few preliminary questions and then decides to go along; after all, what’s a few weeks’ discount off Eternity? The engineer gets to work and within a few weeks, Hell’s staff is breathing easy and well invigorated. The imp then continues the engineer’s tour, but he asks to see Satan again. This time he advises, “You need an escalator system between each circle of Hell and the next. I can put that in for you. Again Satan goes along. A few months later, the trips up and down the circles have become efficient and elegant. Yet a third time the imp’s progress is interrupted with a new idea and again Satan approves engineering improvements as the engineer redesigns the freezing and roasting sections, and things are really looking up in Hell.
    Suddenly god gets wind of the activity in Hell. He thunders down to Satan: WHAT IS GOING ON?
    Satan responds, proudly: “I have an engineer and we are being beautifully redesigned! HA HA!”
    God then decides: “I need him up here. Prepare him for transfer.”
    Satan reminds God: “You can’t do that! Remember there is no appeal: Once the decision is made and I get a soul, I keep that soul forever! It’s the law!”
    God is adamant: “I will sue you and get that engineer!”
    Satan laughs uproariously: “Where are YOU going to find a lawyer?”

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