On This Day In American History: July 24

July 24

United States Marine, Louis Lowery, who took this photograph of U.S. Marines with the American flag on Mount Suribachi during WWII, was born on July 24, 1916 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Photo from 1905 of Hiram Bingham with his first wife Alfreda Mitchell who was the granddaughter of Charles L. Tiffany who founded Tiffany & Co. in New York City. 

On July 24, 1911 during an expedition in Peru, Hiram Bingham encountered the Inca citadel Machu Picchu after being led to the area by a local. 

Bingham later served in the U.S. Army and established air service training schools during WWI. 

After WWI he served in politics and was Governor of Connecticut for just one day, the shortest term in the state’s history before he became a U.S. Senator. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

July 24, 1901 - Convicted embezzler William Sydney Porter is released from prison and embarks on a career as prolific short story writer O. Henry. His tales often ended with a twist: examples are The Gift of the Magi, The Ransom of Red Chief, The Last Leaf, and The Caballero's Way, introducing The Cisco Kid. 

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July 24, 1915 saw the largest loss of life from a Great Lakes maritime disaster when the SS Eastland rolled over in the Chicago River. The passenger vessel, long prone to stability issues, was to have carried Western Electric workers and their families to a picnic across Lake Michigan. 844 died, most of them under age 25.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain in the US.

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas.

Image of Amelia c. 1928 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

New courthouse under construction with carpenters and businessmen, Nome,
Alaska 

- July 24, 1908  

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A photo of Greta Garbo from the film Anna Karenina that was filed on July 24, 1935, about a month prior to the film’s release. 

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The crew of Apollo 11 Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin after returning to earth on July 24, 1969 when they began their 21 day quarantine.  

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Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald was born on July 24, 1900 in Montgomery, Alabama.

The couple first met at a country club dance while F. Scott Fitzgerald was garrisoned at Camp Sheridan near Montgomery, Alabama. 

Image: The Fitzgeralds in 1921 by Kenneth Melvin Wright via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Tudor Villa at Lathers Woods in New Rochelle, New York that was designed by American architect Alexander Jackson Davis who was born on July 24, 1803 in New York City. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

Lynda Carter was born on July 24, 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Image: Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in 1976 by ABC Television via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

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