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June 24
2021

Disasters Accidents Riots

A 12-story condominium in Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed, killing 98 people. The primary cause was thought to be long-term degradation of reinforced concrete structural support in the underground garage

June 24
2021

Media Entertainment

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily ceased publication after falling foul of the Beijing-imposed national security law

June 24
2018

Society Law Politics

Saudi women drivers took to the roads legally for the first time in the kingdom’s history after a decades-old ban on women driving was finally lifted

June 24
2015

Disasters Accidents Riots

A severe heatwave in Pakistan had claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people, mostly in Karachi. The worst affected areas were Sindh, Southern Punjab, and Balochistan. Temperatures soared into the high 40s, the highest recorded temperatures in Karachi since 1979. Pakistan’s heatwave followed a similar event in India which killed 2,500 people in May

June 24
2015

Medical Science Technology

Scientists announced they had found a fossil of the oldest-known turtle, 240 million years old, that combined traits of lizard-like ancestors with emerging turtle-like features

June 24
2014

Deaths

Eli Wallach, American character actor whose films included The Magnificent Seven and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, died aged 98. Arguably best known for playing villains, Wallach was admired for his wide range in a career spanning six decades and received an honorary Oscar in 2011

June 24
2012

Environment

Lonesome George, the last known Pinta Island tortoise, a subspecies of the Galapagos tortoise, died aged about 100

June 24
2012

Society Law Politics

Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi won Egypt’s first democratic presidential election, the first Islamist elected leader of an Arab state

June 24
2011

Society Law Politics

New York legalized same-sex marriage, becoming the sixth and most populous U.S. state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry

June 24
2010

Disasters Accidents Riots

A high-speed train passing through a railway station near Barcelona slammed into a group of young people crossing the tracks, killing 12 and injuring 14 others. The group, which was heading to Castelldefels beach for a summer festival, was crossing the tracks rather than using a pedestrian underpass

June 24
2010

People

Julia Gillard was sworn in as Australia’s first female prime minister after Kevin Rudd was ousted in a snap leadership vote. The Labor government’s slump in support had sparked fears of election defeat later that year

June 24
2010

Sport Recreation

American John Isner defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7), 6-7 (3), 70-68, in the longest match in tennis history, in the first round at Wimbledon. The match took over 11 hours, spanning three days. Both men served more than 100 aces, another of many records set during the match

June 24
2010

Sport Recreation

Following a 3-2 defeat by Slovakia, defending champions Italy followed France out of the World Cup; it was the first time in the tournament’s history that both previous finalists were eliminated in the first round of play

June 24
2009

Everyday Life

A flute carved over 35,000 years ago, and thought to be the world’s oldest musical instrument, was unearthed in Germany

June 24
2009

Disasters Accidents Riots

Further violent clashes broke out in Tehran after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared Iran’s recent presidential election result would stand despite widespread suspicions that the June 12 poll had been rigged