Today in History: June 24

Today in History: June 24

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0217

Carthaginian forces led by Hannibal destroy a Roman army under consul Gaius Flaminius in a battle at Lake Trasimene in central Italy.

1314

Scottish forces, led by Robert the Bruce, win an overwhelming victory against English King Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn.

1340

The English fleet defeats the French fleet at Sluys, off the Flemish coast.

1497

Explorer John Cabot lands in North America in present-day Canada.

1509

Henry VIII is crowned King of England.

1647

Margaret Brent, demands a voice and a vote for herself in the Maryland colonial assembly.

1664

The colony of New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey, is founded.

1675

King Philip's War begins.

1812

Napoleon crosses the Neman River and invades Russia.

1859

At the Battle of Solferino, also known as the Battle of the Three Sovereigns, the French army, led by Napoleon III, defeats the Austrian army under Franz Joseph I.

1861

Federal gunboats attack Confederate batteries at Mathias Point, Virginia.

1862

U.S. intervention saves the British and French at the Dagu Forts in China.

1896

Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Harvard University.

1910

The Japanese army invades Korea.

1913

Greece and Serbia annul their alliance with Bulgaria following border disputes over Macedonia and Thrace.

1931

The Soviet Union and Afghanistan sign a treaty of neutrality.

1940

France signs an armistice with Italy.

1941

President Franklin Roosevelt pledges all possible support to the Soviet Union.

1943

Royal Air Force Bombers hammer Muelheim, Germany, in a drive to cripple the Ruhr industrial base.

1948

The Soviet Union begins the Berlin Blockade, America responds with the Berlin Airlift.

1953

John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier announce their engagement.

1955

Soviet MIGs down a U.S. Navy patrol plane over the Bering Strait.

1964

The Federal Trade Commission announces that, starting in 1965, cigarette makers must include warning labels about the harmful effects of smoking.

1970

The U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution