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This Day in History for July 24

1758 – George Washington elected to Virginia House of Burgesses representing Frederick County.

1824 – Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper publishes results of 1st public opinion poll, with a clear lead for Andrew Jackson.

1847 – Brigham Young and his Mormon follows arrive at Salt Lake City, Utah.

1847 – Rotary-type printing press patents received by Richard March Hoe, NYC.

1880 – 1st commercial hydroelectric power plant in the world begins generating electricity in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

1901 – O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank.

1929 – US President Herbert Hoover proclaims Kellogg-Briand Pact which renounces war.

1931 – A fire at a home for the elderly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania kills 48 people.

1936 – 121 degrees F, near Alton, Kansas (state record)

1941 – FDR demands Japanese troops out of Indo-China.

1945 – US destroyer Underhill torpedoed West of Guam.

1952 – US President Harry Truman settles 53-day steel strike.

1959 – US Vice President Richard Nixon argues with Nikita Khrushchev, known as “Kitchen Debate”

1961 – Edwin Newman becomes news anchor of Today Show.

1974 – Supreme Court unanimously rules Nixon must turn over Watergate tapes.

1979 – US President Jimmy Carter names Paul Volcker as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

1990 – US warships in Persian Gulf placed on alert after Iraq masses nearly 30,000 troops near its border with Kuwait.

1998 – Russell Eugene Weston, Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.

2002 – James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420-1.

2015 – US President Barack Obama begins an historic 2 day visit to Kenya.

2017 – Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner says he did not collude with Russia after meeting with Senate investigators.

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