Today is Friday, July 24th. It’s Drive-Thru Day, National Tequila Day, Cousins Day and National Tell An Old Joke Day
There are 45 days until Labor Day
Today is the day that…
— in 1534, French Explorer Jacques Cartier lands in Canada and claims it for France
— in 1824, the Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper publishes the results of the first public opinion poll, with a clear lead for Andrew Jackson
— in 1847, President of the Latter-Day Saints Church Brigham Young and his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, Utah
— in 1956, the first guided missile was launched
— also in 1956, Ten years to the day after their act began, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis break up their wildly popular musical-comedy act after a farewell show at New York’s Copacabana nightclub.
— in 1965, Bob Dylan releases “Like a Rolling Stone”
— in 1967, In response to their friend John Hopkins being sentenced to nine months in jail for marijuana possession, The Beatles take out a full-page ad in The Times of London calling for legalization of the drug
— in 1974, the vigilante action thriller “Death Wish” is released, starring Charles Bronson
— in 1979, a Miami jury convicted Ted Bundy of first-degree murder in the slayings of Florida State University sorority sisters Margaret Bowman and Lisa Levy.
— in 1980, actor Peter Sellers died of a heart attack at the age of 54
— in 1982, The Rocky III soundtrack hit “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor starts a 6-week run at number 1
— in 1983, Kansas City Royals star George Brett infamously has a game-winning home run against the Yankees overturned due to an excess of pine tar on his bat
— in 1984, Terry Bradshaw retired after 14 years and four Super Bowl championships with the Pittsburgh Steelers
— in 1987, the Ritchie Valens biopic La Bamba opens in theaters, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, and with a soundtrack by Los Lobos
— in 1993, New York Mets outfielder Vince Coleman injures 3 people when he throws a cherry bomb firecracker out of a car in the players’ parking lot at Dodger Stadium
— in 1998, the WW2 drama “Saving Private Ryan” is released, directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, and Matt Damon
— also in 1998, Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire, killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.
— in 2003, NBC announces that Friends star Matt LeBlanc would star in a spinoff show called “Joey”
— in 2005, Lance Armstrong won his seventh straight Tour de France. He would be disqualified seven years later for doping
— in 2012, “The Jeffersons” star Sherman Hemsley died
— in 2015, President Barack Obama begins an historic two-day visit to Kenya
— and in 2019, Special counsel Robert Mueller reports to the US Senate that President Trump was not exonerated of obstruction of justice, and that Russia interfered in US election to benefit Trump
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