June 24 in History
1374 – An early morning, sudden outbreak of ‘St. John’s Dance’ caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion.
1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon were crowned King and Queen of England.
1873 – Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) received a patent (#140,245) for a self-pasting Scrapbook.
1916 – Mary Pickford became the first female film star to sign a million dollar contract (with Adolph Zukor/Paramount).
1938 – Pieces of a meteor, estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded, landed near Chicora, in western Pennsylvania. A cow was reportedly injured.
1947 – Kenneth Arnold reported seeing the Mount Rainier UFO
1948 – Veteran Pilots Clarence Chiles and Charles Whitted, in Alabama, saw a cigar shaped vehicle, with windows, flying beside them.
1949 – The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, aired on NBC, starring William Boyd.
1957 – Jack Parr became the host on The Tonight Show on NBC
1983 – Porky’s II: The Next Day, Yellowbeard and Twilight Zone: The Movie were released in theaters
1988 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit debuted in theaters
1989 #1 Hit June 24, 1989 – June 30, 1989: Richard Marx – Satisfied
1997 – US Air Force officials released a 231-page report dismissing all of the claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947.
2000 #1 Hit June 24, 2000 – July 14, 2000: Enrique Iglesias – Be With You
2004 – In New York, capital punishment was declared unconstitutional.
2005 – March of the Penguins, George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead, The Honeymooners and Bewitched were released in theaters
2008 – Wipeout premiered on ABC.
2009 – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen debuted in theaters
2011 – Cars 2 and Bad Teacher were released in theaters