Today In History June 24
June 24 is the 175th day of the year 2020 (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 190 days remain until the end of the year 2020. Since the dawn of time, there have been certain interesting historical events that have changed the world.
The Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Apollo 11 landing, and the fall of the Berlin Wall are just a small few of history’s most defining and interesting historical events. But what about the lesser-known interesting historical events? The ones that weren’t necessarily as large or as polarizing as a war or monumental discovery, but still as pivotal?
Hundreds of interesting historical events in world history were set in motion by significantly smaller ones that are often not given the credit they deserve. Here you will find important events that happened today in world history.
June 24, 1148: Council of Acre
The Council of Acre met at Palmarea, near Acre, a major city of the crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, on June 24, 1148.
The Haute Cour of Jerusalem met with recently-arrived crusaders from Europe, to make a decision on the best target for the crusade. The Crusade II had been called after the fall of Edessa to Zengi in the year 1144. In the year 1147, armies led by Conrad III of Germany and Louis VII of France began their separate journeys to the east. Conrad arrived at Acre in April 1148, and Louis marched south from Antioch.
June 24, 1340: The Battle of Sluys
The decisive naval Battle of Sluys was fought on June 24, 1340, as one of the opening conflicts of the Hundred Years’ War.
It is historically important in that it destroyed most of France’s fleet, making a French invasion of England impossible, and ensuring that the remainder of the war would be fought mostly in France.
June 24, 1948: The Berlin Candy Bombers
One of the first major crises of the nascent Cold War, the Berlin Blockade tested the resolve of the Western alliance to protect the small non-communist enclave of West Berlin.
When the Soviets blockaded the city in 1948, the Western alliance resolved to break the Soviet operation by airlifting in the supplies that the West Berliners needed. Pilot Gail Halvorsen of the US Air Force noticed a crowd of children at Berlin airport when he dropped off supplies. When he handed out candy, he was so impressed by their gratitude that he promised to return with more candy. Thus began Operation Little Vittles. More than 20 tons of candy were dropped on Berlin, some of it sent by children all around the U.S. Eventually, the Soviets relented, realizing that the airlift had ended up supplying more than had initially come by rail and land before the blockade.
History, unsurprisingly, is extremely long and full of details and events. Even the earliest histories we’ve today some dating back thousands of years grapple with making sense of everything that came before them. History books simply aren’t long enough to accommodate everything that has ever happened to the world, so some get overlooked. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t just as important as other events.