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This Day in History for July 24

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This Day In History1824 – Harrisburg Pennsylvania newspaper publishes results of 1st public opinion poll, with a clear lead for Andrew Jackson.

1847 – Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, Utah.

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

1925 – John T. Scopes found guilty of teaching evolution in the “Scopes monkey trial”, Dayton Tennessee, fined $100 & costs.

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

1938 – Instant coffee invented.

1942 – Irving Berlin’s musical “This is the Army” premieres in NYC.

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

1958 – Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at Boston fans again.

1959 – US VP Nixon argues with Krushchev, known as “Kitchen Debate”

1961 – Edwin Newman becomes news anchor of Today Show.

1965 – Rock group “The Animals” 1st time in British charts.

1967 – Beatles sign a petition in Times to legalize marijuana.

1968 – Hoyt Wilhelm’s 907th breaks Cy Young’s record for pitching appearances.

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

1987 – IBM-PC DOS Version 3.3 (updated) released.

1992 – Faye Vincent reinstates Yankee owner George Steinbrenner (effective 3/1/93).

1998 – Russell Eugene Watson, 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 US House of Representatives on a vote of 420-1.

2005 – 92nd Tour de France: no winner; Lance Armstrong retires after winning a record seventh consecutive victory but disqualified in 2012 for doping.