On this day
Mary Queen of Scots was forced to move.
In 1567, Mary Queen of Scots was forced to abdicate the throne. Her one-year-old son became King James VI of Scots – but she was even younger when she originally became queen, at barely six days old!
Soviet soldiers liberated Polish PoWs.
On this day in 1944, Soviet soldiers continued to fight back against Nazi Germany by freeing prisoners of the Majdanek concentration camp, based just outside Lublin city in Poland. It was one of several heroic Allied feats that helped to release the Nazi stranglehold across Europe.
Global warming reached a worrying new record.
On July 24th, 2019, it emerged that the Earth was now heating up faster than it had been for at least two millennia. Studies published on this day further suggested that humanity was to blame for 99% of the warming – leading to renewed pressure to fight back against climate change.
Special Days Falling on July 24thAlthough we tend to focus more on the fourth of July this month, the 24th has just as much to celebrate! Here are some of the best ways to mark today.
International Self-Care Day
We all need to take better care of ourselves in multiple ways! For many of us, that means taking the time to make good food, exercise safely, practice skin care, and taking on some general relaxation! So, today, take the time to focus on yourself and forget everyone else for a while! Your self-care should always be a priority!
Samaritans Awareness Day
While Samaritans Awareness Day is technically a British holiday, it carries an important cause and message that millions worldwide could benefit from. It’s a day set up by the Samaritans Foundation, who volunteers to help people struggling with mental health and thoughts of suicide. It’s a day to remember all the wonderful work Samaritans do, and to perhaps lend an ear to someone close to you who may be struggling.
Simón Bolivar Day
July 24th happens to be Venezuelan national hero Simón Bolivar’s birthday – and therefore, people up and down the country mark the occasion by celebrating his contributions to liberating Venezuela from the Spanish. Many people know him as “El Libertador,” or in English, “The Liberator!” Bolivar helped several territories to break free from colonial rule, even though his time in charge of government was relatively short.