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While July 24th might be just another day for many, it holds a special place on the calendar for a variety of celebrations. This day offers a number of reasons to celebrate diverse aspects of life.

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Interesting Facts of July 24th

  1. 1. July 24th, 1911, was the date when the American historian Hiram Bingham publicly announced the existence of the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu, one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.
  2. 2. Apollo 11, the first spaceflight that successfully landed humans on the Moon, safely returned to Earth on July 24th, 1969, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins became global heroes.
  3. 3. During the Cold War on July 24th, 1959, the "Kitchen Debate" took place between U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. The impromptu exchange happened at the American National Exhibition in Moscow and revolved around the merits of each country's economic system.
  4. 4. The Summer Olympics have been opened on July 24th during various years. The Tokyo Summer Olympics, initially scheduled for July 24, 2020, were postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, marking the first time in history the Games were postponed rather than canceled.
  5. 5. Famed aviator Amelia Earhart was born on July 24th, 1897. She became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and an icon of the adventurous spirit of the time before she mysteriously disappeared in 1937 while attempting to fly around the world.
  6. 6. Simón Bolívar, a Venezuelan military leader who was instrumental in the revolutions against the Spanish empire, was born on July 24th, 1783. He is known as "El Libertador" and played a key role in Latin America's successful bid for independence.