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July 24, 1959

Kitchen Debate in Moscow

On July 24, 1959, in front of replica of a suburban American kitchen, U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev engage in an impromptu debate about the merits and disadvantages of capitalism and communism. Nixon had traveled to Moscow to open the U.S. Trade and Cultural F...

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July 24, 1966

First BASE Jump

On this day in 1966, Michael Pelkey and Brian Schubert, a couple of 26-year-old skydivers from Barstow, California, completed what is considered to be the very first BASE jump. BASE jumping is a very extreme activity in which daredevils jump from a fixed object–"BASE" is an acronym for the four...

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July 24, 2001

First Monarch to Be Elected Into Different Office

Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, was sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria on this day in 2001, and became the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office. Born the son of Tsar Boris III and Tsar...

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