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Today in History
July 24

1505 On their way to India, a group of Portuguese explorers sack the city-state of Kilwa.
1567 Mary, Queen of Scots, is imprisoned and forced to abdicate her throne to her 1-year-old son James VI.
1701 Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac establishes Fort Pontchartrain for France at present-day Detroit, Michigan.
1704 Admiral George Rooke takes Gibraltar from the Spanish.
1766 At Fort Ontario, Canada, Ottawa chief Pontiac and William Johnson sign a peace agreement.
1791 Robespierre expels all Jacobins opposed to the principles of the French Revolution.
1847 The first members of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) arrive in Utah, settling in present-day Salt Lake City.
1862 The eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, dies at the age of 79.
1897 African-American soldiers of the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps arrive in St. Louis, Mo., after completing a 40-day bike ride from Missoula, Montana.
1941 The U.S. government denounces Japanese actions in Indochina.
1942 The Soviet city of Rostov is captured by German troops.
1950 The U.S. Fifth Air Force relocates from Japan to Korea.
1974 The Supreme Court rules that President Richard Nixon must surrender the Watergate tapes.
Born on July 24
1783 Simon Bolivar, South American soldier and statesman.
1786 Jean-Louis Nicollet, French explorer.
1802 Alexandre Dumas, French author (The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers).
1895 Robert Graves, poet and novelist (Goodbye to All That).
1897 Amelia Earhart, aviation pioneer.
1900 Zelda Sayre, writer (Save me the Waltz).
1916 John D. MacDonald, author.
1920 Bella Abzug, the first Jewish woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.