Today in History: July 24

Today in History: July 24

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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.