This Day in History – June 24
1795—US & Great Britain sign Jay Treaty, 1st US extradition treaty.
1817—1st coffee planted in Hawaii on Kona coast.
1861—Tennessee becomes 11th (& last) state to secede from Union.
1882—National League expels umpire Richard Higham for dishonesty.
1884—Decision to hold modern Olympics every 4 years.
1916—Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.
1924—59th British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 301 at Hoylake.
1938—500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1939—Pan Am’s 1st US to England flight.
1947—Flying saucers sighted over Mount Rainier by pilot Ken Arnold.
1956—“Steve Allen Show” returns on NBC-TV.
1961—“Happiest Girl in the World” closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 performances.
1964—FTC rules health warnings must appear on all cigarette packages.
1968—Deadline for redeeming silver certificate dollars for silver bullion.
1972—Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of US (Air Force)
1977—IRS reveals Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976.
1984—Joe Morgan sets career HR mark for 2nd basemen with #265.
1992—John Gotti begins life sentence in jail.
1993—Yale computer science professor Dr. David Gelernter loses the sight in one eye, the hearing in one ear, and part of his right hand after receiving a mailbomb from the Unabomber.
2004—Capital punishment is declared unconstitutional in New York.