Today in History: 24th July

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Historical Events:

• 1938: Instant coffee invented.
• 1952: 112°F (44°C), Louisville, Georgia (state record).
• 1980: Strike of 10,000 Johannesburg municipal workers.
• 1969: Apollo 11 returns to Earth.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1940: First illegal "Newsletter of Pieter It Hen" publishes in Netherlands.
• 1862: South African politician and author of "Jock of the Bushveld," Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, is born in King William’s Town.
• 1967: Beatles sign a petition in Times to legalize marijuana.
• 1978: "Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" premieres in New York City.

Sports:

• 1946: 9 Spokane baseball players (Western League) die in a bus crash.
• 1971: Rand Daily Mail explains that Black and White South Africans might compete against each other in an "open international" meeting, though they may not be members of the same team. Sports organisers intending to stage "open international" meetings have to apply for Government approval. Mixed South African teams would be allowed only for the Olympic Games, the Davis Cup and the Federation Cup tennis competitions.
• 1999: Benedict (Bennie) McCarthy of Bafana Bafana, accepts a contract of R38, 5 million to play for the Spanish club Celta Vigo.
• 1999: Ray White is elected for a second term as president of the SA United Cricket Board (UCB).
• 1969: Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing induction in US Army on appeal.

Source: historyorb.com & sahistory.org.com
Compiled by: Thandi Xaba