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
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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.

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