This Day in History on 24 July

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 24 July. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1823: Slavery was abolished in Chile.

1911: Hiram Bingham III re-discovered Machu Picchu, “the Lost City of the Incas”.

1932: Establishment of Ramakrishna Mission Service Foundation.

1969: Apollo splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean.

1985: Rajeev Gandhi signed a peace contract with Sikh leader Harchand Singh Longowal.

1991: Finance Minister Manmohan Singh presented a budget laying the groundwork for economic reforms.

1991: Industrial licensing was scrapped.

1994: Bodo militants killed 37 Muslims in Assam’s Busbar.

1997: Ramon Magsaysay Award announced for Bengali writer Mahasweta Devi.

2000: Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam of Chennai became India’s first female Grandmaster at the Wipro International Chess Championship.

2001: Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office.

2001: The Bandaranaike Airport attack is carried out by 14 Tamil Tiger commandos. Eleven civilian and military aircraft are destroyed and 15 are damaged. All 14 commandos are shot dead, while seven soldiers from the Sri Lanka Air Force are killed. In addition, three civilians and an engineer die. This incident slowed down the Sri Lankan economy.

2013: A high-speed train derails in Spain rounding a curve with an 80 km/h (50 mph) speed limit at 190 km/h (120 mph), killing 78 passengers.

2014: Air Algérie Flight 5017 loses contact with air traffic controllers 50 minutes after takeoff. It was travelling between Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Algiers. The wreckage is later found in Mali. All 116 people onboard are killed.

Keshubhai Patel

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1824: Harish Chandra Mukherjee, an Indian journalist and patriot.

1911: Pannalal Ghosh, an Indian flute player, and composer.

1928: Keshubhai Patel, an Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Manoj Kumar
Azim Premji

1930: Keshubhai Patel, Indian politician, 10th Chief Minister of Gujarat

1937: Manoj Kumar, an Indian actor, and director.

1945: Azim Premji, an Indian business tycoon, investor, engineer, and philanthropist, and the chairman of Wipro Limited.

1969: Jennifer Lopez, an American actress, singer, dancer, fashion designer, producer, and businesswoman.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1884: Kristo Das Pal, an Indian journalist, orator, and the editor of the Hindoo Patriot.

Harshida Raval

1970: Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman, philanthropist, and civil servant (b. 1897)

1971: Gurram Joshua, an Indian-Telugu poet.

1980: Uttam Kumar, an Indian film actor.

2003: Samit Bhanja, an Indian film actor.

2017: Harshida Raval, Indian Gujarati playback singer

2020: Amala Shankar, an Indian danseuse.

Further Reading

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