June 24th Major News Events

  1. 1901 Pablo Picasso’s first major exhibition was displayed in Paris.
  2. 1948 The Soviet Union blockaded West Berlin.
  3. 2010 Australia elected its first woman Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.

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1968 Resurrection City Closed Down

1968 : Following the Poor Peoples March to Washington on June 19th organized by Martin Luther King Jr. the protesters built a small city of shanty's as temporary shelters made from boxes and whatever else they could find at the Mall in Washington. Estimates put the number of those living there at about 3,000 to 5,000. On June 24th "Resurrection City" was closed down by authorities and protesters go back to their own communities.

1901 France Pablo Picasso

1901 : The first major exhibition of Pablo Picasso's artwork opens at a gallery on Paris' rue Lafitte, a street known for its prestigious art galleries.

1941 Italy Freezes US Assets

1941 : Following the American decisions to freeze all Axis Assets, closing Italian Consulates and forbidding Italians from leaving the United States, the Italian Government has put similar restrictions in place for Americans in Italy also closing consulates and freezing US assets.

1948 Germany Soviet Blockade West Berlin

1948 : Soviets blockade West Berlin when they block all off all land and water routes between West Germany and West Berlin. This prompts the United States and Great Britain to organize the massive Berlin airlift.

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Roy Disney

Born: Roy Oliver Disney, June 24th, 1893, Chicago, Illinois

Died:December 20th, 1971, Los Angeles

Known For : Not to be confused with Roy Edward Disney. He started what became the Walt Disney Company with his younger brother Walt. He was the president of the company from 1945 to 1971 and its chairman after Walt died (between 1966 until 1971). Roy looked after the Disney Company's finances, and Walt bought out most of Roy's shares in 1929. He named Walt Disney World in Florida in praise of his brother's creativity. Roy E. Disney is his son.

1951 U.S.A. Mexican Farm Labor

1951 : Mexico has agreed to continue providing farm labor until the Bracero agreement runs out on July 15th. On June 15th the Mexican Government gave 30 days notice that it would end its migratory labor agreement. The Bracero Program was renewed and lasted to 1964 it was a guest worker program that ran from 1942 till 1964. The Mexican Farm Labor Program, informally known as the Bracero Program, sponsored some 4.5 million border crossings of guest workers from Mexico during it's 22 years and was started to provide agricultural labor during World War II due to the severe shortage in the US, it was also used to provide other unskilled workers during the World War II.

1957 U.S.A. Obscenity Ruling

1957 : The United States Supreme Court ruled that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees free speech and freedom of the press.

1968 UK Rail Strike

1968 : A go slow by the National Union of Railwaymen's (NUR) has begun which will cause major disruption to the rail network. The Union is demanding 9% pay rise but British Rail have offered 3% . In many ways this was the beginning of major industrial unrest in Britain which continued to worsen in the 1970s and 80's becoming a vicious circle with high inflation causing large pay rise demands causing high inflation. Each sector did not wish to be left out on keeping up with inflation and over the next few years both public and private sector strikes became the norm often bringing the country and the economy to it's knees.

1969 U.S.A. Master Charge Card

1969 : More merchants are accepting the new Master Charge Card.

1969 U.S.A. Movie Releases

1969 : A great week for movie releases including The Love Bug from Disney and True Grit starring John Wayne.

1975 U.S.A. Plane Crash

1975 : An Eastern Airlines jet crashes near John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, killing 115 people , the New York area experienced severe thunderstorms with heavy winds and rain and the cause is blamed on a sudden wind shift created by the storm.

1983 U.S.A. Challenger Space Shuttle Returns

1983 : The Challenger space shuttle returns to earth landing at Edwards Air Force base in California after a successful six-day flight. This was also the first flight that has carried an American Woman into space Sally Ride. The first woman into space was the Soviet cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova.

1993 U.S.A. Unabomber

1993 : A Yale University computer science professor David Gelernter is seriously injured and later dies while opening his mail when a padded envelope explodes in his hands. The attack was the latest in a string of bombings since 1978 that authorities believed to be related and a search for the so called Unabomber is started.

1997 U.S.A. Roswell Incident

1997 : The United States Air Force released a report on the 1947 'Roswell Incident,' in which a flying disc had reportedly crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. The report, in response to witnesses that claimed to see the military recovering alien bodies, stated that the bodies were actually life-sized dummies.

1998 12th World Aids Conference in Geneva

1998 : A report prepared by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), says the failure of prevention campaigns in many of the developing nations and the lack of funds and personnel to administer the latest breakthroughs in antiretroviral drugs (like AZT) means that there is a leveling off or even a decline in the spread of HIV in rich countries and an alarming increase in infection rates in the poorest countries of the world.

2001 Peru Earthquake

2001 : Reports are just coming out of a magnitude 7.9 earthquake striking the city of Arequipa in Southern Peru which has left at least 50 dead and many more injured. Authorities have declared the area a disaster zone. Details are slow to emerge as roads are blocked due to mudslides and electricity supplies and phone lines are cut off.

2002 Tanzania Rail Crash

2002 : A passenger train has collided with a goods train and been derailed in Tanzania leaving over 200 dead and 500 severely injured.

2005 Twenty Die from Gun Fight in India

2005 : At least twenty people had died after a gun fight occurred between Indian police and Maoist rebels in Bihar. The clashes happened after about one hundred rebels attacked a police station and two banks in East Champaran. Among the dead were two civilians, two police officers, and sixteen rebels.

2007 Pakistan Severe Storms

2007 : Severe storms have struck Karachi in southern Pakistan leaving hundreds dead and most of the city without power. Power lines and trees have been bought down in the largest city in Pakistan causing a number of people to be electrocuted due to the downed power lines.

2009 High School Coach Killed in Iowa

2009 : High school football coach Ed Thomas, was shot and killed in Parkersburg, Iowa in the Aplington-Parkersburg High School weight room by a twenty-four year old man. Students had been present in the school and weight room at the time but none were injured. Ed Thomas had been named the High School Football Coach of the Year in 2005, and had previously coached four current NFL players as students.

2010 Australia Gets First Female Prime Minister

2010 : Julia Gillard became Australia's first female prime minister after she replaced Kevin Rudd when he was removed in a surprising leadership vote in the Labor Party. Rudd had declined to be on the ballot after he suspected an embarrassing defeat would ensue. Gillard vowed to revive the Labor Party and bring direction to a government she suspected had lost direction.

2011 United States Actor Falk Dies

2011 : American actor Peter Falk died at the age of eighty-three in his Beverly Hills home. Falk was best known for his television role as detective Columbo and had won several Emmys for the role. Falk was also nominated for two Academy Awards during his lifetime.

2013 Isle of Man Music Festival Cancelled

2013 : Organizers of the Isle of Man music festival announced that it would be cancelled this year due to a lack of ticket sales. The event had been scheduled for July 6th.