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Matthew Hedger
07/24/2014 5:45 PM

Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014 with 160 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars and Saturn.

In 1679, New Hampshire became a royal colony of the British crown.

In 1847, after 17 months and many miles of travel, Brigham Young led 148 Mormon pioneers into Utah's Valley of the Great Salt Lake.

In 1956, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performed together for the last time.

In 1969, Apollo 11 returned to Earth after its historic moon-landing mission. After the spacecraft's splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were flown by helicopter to the recovery ship USS Hornet.

In 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Richard Nixon should surrender White House tapes for the criminal trials of his former associates.

In 1983, George Brett of the Kansas City Royals had a home run nullified in the Pine Tar Incident after New York Yankees Manager Billy Martin had Brett's bat examined by umpires. (The home run was later reinstated.)

In 1998, a gunman opened fire at the Capitol in Washington, killing two police officers and wounding a tourist. Police shot the gunman, Russell Eugene Weston Jr., who survived. (He was later charged with murder and has been confined to a psychiatric institution.)

In 2002, the U.S. House of Representatives expelled Rep. James Traficant, an Ohio Democrat, by a vote of 420-1. (Traficant, who had been convicted of racketeering, bribery and corruption, served seven years in prison.)

In 2009, an increase in the federal minimum wage, from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour, went into effect. Representatives of small businesses said the increase would threaten their survival.

In 2011, hundreds of gay couples in formal suits and gowns and T-shirts recited vows after New York became the sixth and largest state to recognize same-sex weddings.

In 2012, the British government said 18,200 military personnel were assigned to security duties at the London Olympics, opening in a few days.

In 2013, a high-speed passenger train derailed and broke apart on a curve in northwest Spain, killing 78 people and injuring injuring scores of others.

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