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On This Day in History - 24th June

Birthdays

1850Lord Kitchener, English general
1909William Penney, English physicist
1911Juan Fangio, Argentinian born racing driver
1915Sir Fred Hoyle, English astronomer
1930Claude Chabrol, French film director
1944Jeff Beck, Guitarist
1947Mike Fleetwood, Rock drummer

Events

1314Robert the Bruce defeated the English at the battle of Bannockburn
1878The St John Ambulance Association was formed
1901Picasso displayed his work for the very first time
1956Colonel Nasser became the President of Egypt
1978The North Yemen President was assassinated
1981The first ever traffic crossed the new Humber bridge
1982The first Frenchman was launched into orbit, as part of Soviet mission
1983Syria expelled the PLO leader Yasser Arafat