This day in history

Today is Sunday, July 24, the 206th day of 2016. There are 160 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actor John Aniston is 83. Political cartoonist Pat Oliphant is 81. Comedian Ruth Buzzi is 80. Actor Mark Goddard is 80. Actor Dan Hedaya is 76. Actor Chris Sarandon is 74. Comedian Gallagher is 70. Actor Robert Hays is 69. Former Republican national chairman Marc Racicot is 68. Actor Michael Richards is 67. Actress Lynda Carter is 65. Movie director Gus Van Sant is 64. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is 63. Country singer Pam Tillis is 59. Actor Paul Ben-Victor is 54. Basketball Hall of Famer Karl Malone is 53. Retired MLB All-Star Barry Bonds is 52. Actor Kadeem Hardison is 51. Actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth is 48. Actress Laura Leighton is 48. Actor John P. Navin Jr. is 48. Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez is 47. Basketball player-turned-actor Rick Fox is 47. Actor Eric Szmanda is 41. Actress Rose Byrne is 37. Country singer Jerrod Niemann is 37. Actress Summer Glau is 35. Actress Elisabeth Moss is 34. Actress Anna Paquin is 34. Actress Emily Bett Rickards is 25. TV personality Bindi Irwin is 18.

In 1783, Latin American revolutionary Simon Bolivar was born in Caracas.


In 1862, Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, and the first to have been born a US citizen, died at age 79 in Kinderhook, N.Y., the town where he was born.

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In 1915, the SS Eastland, a passenger ship carrying more than 2,500 people, rolled onto its side while docked at the Clark Street Bridge on the Chicago River; 844 people died.

In 1937, the state of Alabama dropped charges against four of the nine young black men accused of raping two white women in the so-called Scottsboro Case..

In 1959, during a visit to Moscow, Vice President Richard Nixon engaged in his famous ‘‘Kitchen Debate’’ with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts — two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon — splashed down safely in the Pacific.


In 1974, the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.

In 2002, nine coal miners became trapped in a flooded tunnel of the Quecreek Mine in western Pennsylvania; the story ended happily 77 hours later with the rescue of all nine.

In 2006, the trial of Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants resumed in Baghdad without the former Iraqi leader, who remained hospitalized after going on a hunger strike.

In 2015, fulfilling the hopes of millions of Kenyans, Barack Obama returned to his father’s homeland for the first time as president.