It happened one 24 July
1943 : Operation Gomorrah
On July 24, 1943, the Allies launched Operation Gomorrah, a bombing mission on the city of Hamburg. For 7 days, the bombers dropped their bombs on the town which was almost completely destroyed. More than 42,000 people were killed. The city had many arms factories and refineries.
1969 : Apollo 11 back to earth
On July 24, 1969, four days after the first steps of its astronauts on the moon, the Apollo 11 spacecraft returned safely on earth, in the Pacific Ocean. The crew of three astronauts was safe. Thus, the dream of President Kennedy was achieved. He had said in 1961: I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.
2005 : Lance Armstrong won his seventh Tour de Franc
On July 24, 2005, Lance Armstrong won his seventh Tour de France after a final stage on the Champs Elysees.
He had won his first Tour in 1999. He then won the next 6 Tours.
He had been diagnosed with testicular cancer at an advanced stage, though, in 1996. After a long treatment, he had returned to competition only in 1998.
Since his retirement, Armstrong has been taking care of his foundation which support people living with cancer.
Quote of the day : 24 July
A boo is a lot louder than a cheer. If you have 10 people cheering and one person booing, all you hear is the booing.
Birthdays : 24 July
|Simón Bolívar, Venezuelan military and political leader (1783)|
|Alexandre Dumas, père, French writer (1802)|
|Adolphe Adam, French composer (1803)|
|Charles Emile Picard, French mathematician (1856)|
|Robert Graves, English poet (1895)|
|Amelia Earhart, American aviator (1897)|
|John D. MacDonald, American writer (1916)|
|Éric Tabarly, French sailor (1931)|
|Robert Hays, American actor (1947)|
|Yves Duteil, French singer (1949)|
|Lynda Carter, American actress (1951)|
|Gus Van Sant, American director (1952)|
|Martin Keown, English footballer (1966)|
|Jennifer Lopez, American singer and actress (1969)|
|Eric Szmanda, American actor (1975)|
|Rose Byrne, Australian actress (1979)|
|Wilfred Bungei, Kenyan athlete (1980)|
|Summer Glau, American actress (1981)|
|Anna Paquin, New Zealand actress (1982)|
|Daniele De Rossi, Italian footballer (1983)|
|Teagan Presley, American porn actress (1985)|
|Andrei Lutai, Russian figure skater (1986)|
|Daveigh Chase, American actress (1990)|
They left us one 24 July
|Shirakawa, Emperor of Japan (1129)|
|Martin Van Buren, 8th President of the United States (1862)|
|Sacha Guitry, French screenwriter and playwright (1957)|
|Constance Bennett, American actress (1965)|
|James Chadwick, English physicist, Nobel Prize (1974)|
|Peter Sellers, English actor (1980)|
|Arletty, French actress (1992)|
|Francis Bouygues, French industrialist (1993)|
Tip of the Day : 24 July
Feed yout gerbil
The gerbil intestines are fragile and we must be careful to give it a balanced diet, with lots of protein and little fat. The gerbil needs little food but it likes to sort its food. Like humans, it often prefers the fatty and sugary foods that are not good for its health. It loves sunflower seeds but they should be given to it only sparingly because of their high lipid levels. You can buy seed mix sold in pet shops by choosing a quality product with high protein levels.
Once a week, you can give it a piece of hard boiled egg or hard cheese and twice a week, a piece of carrot or radish.
It is essential not to give it sweets and salads which are very dangerous for its health.