July 24 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
July 24 History Highlights
National Tell an Old Joke Day
|National Tell an Old Joke Day is a day for keeping traditional humor alive. It’s about telling old, tried and true jokes that are clean of course. A joke can be defined as short humorous oral literature which if written down does not need to be told verbatim but instead orally transferred and passed along. Also known as “Dad Jokes”.|
A Baker’s Dozen Classic Old Jokes
July 24 is…
|Amelia Earhart Day
Mormon Pioneer Day
National Drive-Thru Day
National Tell an Old Joke Day
National Tequila Day
National Thermal Engineer Day
July 24 Birthday Quotes
“What good is success if you’re not willing to share it?
“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.”
“Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly promoted as a male schlemiel.”
“If your knees bent the other way, what would a chair look like?”
“Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take off. But if you don’t have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you.”
“Just because no one has been fortunate enough to realize how wonderful you are, doesn’t mean you shine any less.”
“Experience teaches you how to do things you never want to do again.”
July 24 Birthdays
|1242 – Christina von Stommeln, German Roman Catholic mystic and stigmatic (died in 1312)
1802 – Alexandre Dumas, French novelist and playwright (died in 1870)
1880 – Ernest Bloch, Swiss-American composer and educator (died in 1959)
1897 – Amelia Earhart, American pilot and author (disappeared in 1937)
1900 – Zelda Fitzgerald, American author and poet (died in 1948)
1914 – ‘Honest Ed’ Mirvish, American-Canadian businessman and philanthropist (died in 2007)
1920 – Bella Abzug, American lawyer and politician (died in 1998)
1936 – Ruth Buzzi, American comedic actress
1936 – Mark Goddard, American actor
1940 – Dan Hedaya, American actor
1946 – Gallagher, American comedian
1949 – Michael Richards, American comedic actor
1951 – Lynda Carter, American actress, 1972 Miss World USA
1953 – Claire McCaskill, American politician
1963 – Karl Malone, American basketball player and coach
1964 – Barry Bonds, American baseball player
1968 – Kristin Chenoweth, American actress and singer
1968 – Colleen Doran, American comic book author and illustrator
1971 – Patty Jenkins, American film director and screenwriter
1979 – Rose Byrne, Australian actress
1981 – Summer Glau, American actress
1982 – Elisabeth Moss, American actress
1982 – Anna Paquin, Canadian-New Zealand actress
1991 – Emily Bett Rickards, Canadian actress
July 24 History
|1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, was forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI, after the sudden death of one husband and the quick marriage to another.
1701 – Detroit was founded by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac.
1823 – Slavery was abolished in Chile.
1847 – Brigham Young brought 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, establishing Salt Lake City.
1901 – Writer O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) was released from prison in Columbus, Ohio after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank.
1915 – SS Eastland overturned on the Chicago River.
1935 – The Dust Bowl heatwave reached its peak, with temperatures of 109°F (43°C) in Chicago, Illinois, and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1950 – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station opened with the launch of Bumper rocket 8. The first 7 Bumpers were launched from White Sands, New Mexico.
1971 – #1 Hit July 24, 1971 – July 30, 1971: Paul Revere & the Raiders – Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)
1974 – The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes and they ordered him to surrender the tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor, Archibald Cox.
1976 – #1 Hit July 24, 1976 – August 6, 1976: The Manhattans – Kiss and Say Goodbye
1982 – #1 Hit July 24, 1982 – September 3, 1982: Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
1993 – #1 Hit July 24, 1993 – September 10, 1993: UB40 – Can’t Help Falling In Love
1999 – #1 Hit July 24, 1999 – July 30, 1999: Will Smith featuring Dru Hill & Kool Moe Dee – Wild Wild West
2002 – Democrat James Traficant was expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1 (CA Representative Gary Condit didn’t vote against him).
July 24, 2004 (fiction) T-X arrived from the future to end the resistance in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Film
2004 – #1 Hit July 24, 2004 – August 6, 2004: Usher – Confessions Part II
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
|The shortest performance to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor was Anthony Quinn’s eight-minute role as Gauguin in Lust for Life.
The Aztec city of Tenochtitlán took conservation so seriously a person could be sentenced to death for cutting down a living tree without proper authorization.
There is no evidence Marie Antoinette ever said “let them eat cake”.
The English language used to use double negatives, until Bishop Robert Lowth, proclaimed that “Two negatives in English destroy one another, or are equivalent to an affirmative.”
The Capital of Moldova is Chisinau
“There’s no place like home.” – Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) #moviequotes
In the movie, Babe, 48 real piglets were used since they grow very quickly and all the pigs were female because the male parts would’ve been too obvious on screen.
Ibuprofen is relatively a new drug, only gaining approval in the US in 1974 and for over-the-counter purchase in 1983.
TV Quotes… “Tell me what you don’t like about yourself” (Dr. McNamara and Dr. Troy) on Nip/Tuck.
If we were alone in this universe, that would be an awful waste of space.
Biggest film of 1951: Quo Vadis (Drama) earned ~ $30,000,000
“My other interviews have pinned you as a mass murderer, bloodsucker, pimp, profiteer and my personal favorite, yuppie Mephistopheles.” – Heather Holloway #moviequotes
The average American adult reads 5 books per year.
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