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Today in History
Sunday, July 24

2005Lance Armstrong wins his seventh consecutive Tour de France.
2002Democrat James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1.
2001Simeon 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.
2001Bandaranaike Airport attack is carried out by 14 Tamil Tiger commandos, all died in this attack. They destroyed 11 Aircrafts (mostly military) and damaged 15, there are no civilian casualties. This incident slowed down Sri Lankan economy.
1998Russell Eugene Weston Jr. bursts into the United States Capitol and opens fire killing two police officers. He is later ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.
1990Iraqi forces start massing on the Kuwait-Iraq border.
1983George Brett batting for the Kansas City Royals against the New York Yankees, has a game-winning home run nullified in the "Pine Tar Incident".
1982Heavy rain causes a mudslide that destroys a bridge at Nagasaki, Japan, killing 299.
1980The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level.
1977End of a four day long Libyan-Egyptian War.
 
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