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July 24: This Day That Year

July 24

- 1793 - 1st copyright law passed by France.

- 1823 - Chile abolished slavery.

- 1862 - Martin Van Buren, 8th US president (1837-41), dies of heart failure (born December 5, 1782, age 79).

- 1911 - Peru: American explorer Hiram Bingham discovers Machu Picchu.

- 1941 - Entire Jewish population of Grodz, Lithuania killed by Nazis.

- 1943 - Royal Air Force begin bombing Hamburg (Operation Gomorrah), killed 42,000+ people and injured 37,000+.

- 1969 - Apollo 11 returns to Earth.

- 1981 - Iran: Mohammed Ali Rajai becomes president.

- 1985 - India: PM Rajiv Gandhi signs peace contract with Sikh leader Harchand Singh Longowal.

- 2005 - Lance Armstrong was disqualified from his 92nd Tour de France winner title.

- 2014 - Iraq: Fuad Masum becomes president.

- 2014 - Israel: Reuven Rivlin becomes president.

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