Today In History 6/24
Published 4:00 am Saturday, June 24, 2023
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Henry VIII is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey, London
Napoleon’s Grande Armee invades Russia.
US President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square-miles (76,800 square km) from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico).
First performance of “O Canada,” the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.
1st exhibition by Pablo Picasso aged 19, opens in Paris.
50th British Open Men’s Golf, St Andrews: James Braid wins Championship for a 5th time, 4 strokes ahead of fellow Scot Sandy Herd (1902 champion).
Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.
Charter NFL club Chicago Staleys renamed Chicago Bears by team founder, owner and head coach George Halas.
Jacqueline Bouvier and Senator John F. Kennedy announce engagement.
Crystal Gayle releases best-selling album “We Must Believe in Magic” featuring worldwide hit “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” (1st platinum album by a female country music artist).
Billy Joel gets an honorary diploma from Hicksville High School (Nassau, Long Island, New York) at 43.
U.S. Air Force officials release a 231-page report dismissing long-standing claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, New Mexico, almost exactly 50 years earlier.
US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, eliminating constitutional right to choose abortion, in a 6-3 vote