On This Day 24 July

Important Days

Important Events

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.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

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

1937 – Manoj Kumar, Indian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1945 – Azim Premji, Indian businessman and philanthropist

Death/ Death Anniversary

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

2017 – Harshida Raval, Indian Gujarati playback singer