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On This Day: What happened on 24 June?

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We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 24 June, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 24 JUNE

2013 | Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was convicted of abusing his power and having sex with a young prostitute and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

2012 | Lonesome George, the last known individual of Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii, a small tortoise species of Galápagos, died on this day.

2010 | John Isner of the United States defeated Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history.

1995 | Rugby World Cup: South Africa wins New Zealand with Nelson Mandela presenting the Webb Ellis to Francois Pienaar in a unique post-apartheid moment.

1981 | The Humber Bridge opened to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It was the longest bridge in the world for 17 years.

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BIRTHDAYS

1979 | Czech model and philanthropist, Petra NĿmcová.

1966 | American singer-songwriter and musician, Hope Sandoval.

1988 | English footballer, Micah Richards.

1949 | English fashion designer, Betty Jackson.

1958 | Italian mountaineer, Silvio Mondinelli.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

1978 |  French author and critic, Robert Charroux 69.

2013 | English-Bermudian computer scientist and author, James Martin, 80.

2008 | Austrian mathematician and academic, Gerhard Ringel, 89.

2005 | American actor, voice artist, and ventriloquist, Paul Winchell, 83.

2012 | Chinese mathematician and academic, Gu Chaohao, 86

SPORTS

2004 | England lose on a penalty shoot-out on this day in the quarter-finals of Euro 2004 against hosts Portugal at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon.

ENTERTAINMENT

1994 | In the United States “The Lion King” was released on this day.

AFRICA FACT

Deriba Caldera is the highest point in Sudan at an altitude of 3 042 meters, located in Darfur in western Sudan.



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