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On July the 24th
2001 
Bulgarian politician, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, was sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria. He was the last Tsar of Bulgaria during 1943-1946 and is the only monarch in history to (re)become the head of state of a country via democratic elections.
1980 
British actor, Peter Sellers, died at the age of 54. He is widely considered to have been one of the greatest comedic actors of the 20th century. In 1964 at the age of 39, Sellers had suffered a near-fatal heart attack which considerably damaged his heart and complicated his life up until his death, which again was caused by a massive heart attack. Oddly enough, his son, also died of a heart attack 26 years to the day after his father's death.
1952 
American film director, Gus Van Sant, was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He is best known for directing the hit movies, My Own Private Idaho and Good Will Hunting.
1943 
During the course of the Second World War, Operation Gomorrah began. The operation called for the continual (day and night) bombing of the city of Hamburg. The operation lasted until the end of November the same year, by which time more than 9000 tons of explosives were dropped on the city. More than 30,000 people died and approximately 280000 buildings were destroyed.
1923 
The Treaty of Lausanne, was signed in Switzerland by Greece, Bulgaria and other countries that fought in the First World War. The treaty effectively set the borders of modern day Turkey as compared to what they were during the Ottoman Empire.
1915 
A tour ship capsized in central Chicago, resulting in the death of 845 people.
1911 
American explorer, Hiram Bingham III, (re)discovered Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas.
1866 
Tennessee became the first US state to be readmitted to the Union after the American Civil War.
1847 
Salt Lake City, Utah was established by a group of Mormon pioneers.
1823 
Slavery was abolished in Chile.
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