On this day: July 24

Posted: 1:23 AM EDT Jul 24, 2012   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Jul 24, 2015

An aviation pioneer is born, a lost city is rediscovered, a famous comedy duo performs together for the first time, George Brett flips out, and Apollo 11 splashes down, all on this day.

OTD July 24 - Spain train derailment
1 / 49
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

2013: A high-speed train derails in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, while rounding a curve with an 50 mph speed limit at 120 mph, killing 79 passengers and injuring 140 more. Four days later, train's driver, Francisco José Garzón Amo, was charged with 79 counts of homicide by professional recklessness and additional counts of causing injury by professional recklessness.

Advertisement

Most Viewed on WFMZ.com

Advertisement
 

Slideshow Of The Day

On this Day

  • first GI Joe action figure

    Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    On this day: February 9

    Volleyball is born, The Beatles make their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and G.I. Joe makes his debut, all on this day.