On This Day In History, 24 July


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World Events Today

  • Apollo 11 returned to Earth today in 1969, during its mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, became the first men to walk on the Moon
  • Giorgio Armani, the Italian luxury fashion house, was founded by Giorgio Armani and Sergio Galeotti today in 1975
  • Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, Michael Stone, the Loyalist paramilitary hitman who murdered 3 IRA members at a funeral in 1988, was released from prison today in 2000

Entertainment Events Today

  • The original version of the vigilante action movie Death Wish, starring Charles Bronson, was released today in 1974
  • The pop ballad Careless Whisper, written by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, was released today in 1984
  • The epic war movie Saving Private Ryan, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released today in 1998, it was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 5 of them

Family Events Today

  • Simón Bolívar, who led Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama to independence from the Spanish Empire, was born today in 1783
  • Richard Henry Sellers, better known as the English actor Peter Sellers, who was famous for his role as Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series of movies, died today in 1980 aged 54
  • Alexander Gordon Higgins, better known as the Northern Irish snooker legend Alex “Hurricane” Higgins, died today in 2010 aged 61

Main Event Today

  • The lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru was rediscovered by the American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham, today in 1911

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Tequila Day

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