What Happened On This Day – July 24
2013 Santiago de Compostela derailment
A high-speed train traveling from Madrid to Ferrol derailed on a curve killing 79 people and injuring over 100.
1977 The 4-day long Libyan-Egyptian War comes to an end
The border war began with thousands of Libyans marching towards Egypt's borders.
1959 Kitchen debate between Nixon and Khrushchev
A series of debates, now popularly called the kitchen debates, occurred between U.S. President Nixon and Soviet Premier Khrushchev in Moscow. Nixon was visiting a house built as part of an exhibit in the American National Exhibition.
1923 The Treaty of Lausanne is signed between Turkey and the countries that formed the Allied Powers in the First World War
Under the treaty,Turkey had to give up all the territorial claims made by the Ottoman Empire and agree to new borders.
1911 Rediscovery of Machu Picchu
The 15th century, largely forgotten Inca site in Peru was rediscovered by American Hiram Bingham III.
Births On This Day – July 24
1969 Jennifer Lopez
American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman
1900 Zelda Fitzgerald
1897 Amelia Earhart
American pilot, author
1802 Alexandre Dumas
1783 Simón Bolívar
Deaths On This Day – July 24
2012 Robert Ledley
American scientist, invented the full-body CT scanner
2012 John Atta Mills
Ghanaian politician, 3rd President of Ghana
2010 Alex Higgins
Irish snooker player
1980 Peter Sellers
English film actor, comedian, singer
1862 Martin Van Buren
American politician, 8th President of the United States