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* On July 24, 1567, during her imprisonment at Lochleven Castle in Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots is forced to abdicate in favor of her 1-year-old son, later crowned King James VI of Scotland. In 1542, while just 6 days old, Mary had ascended to the Scottish throne upon the death of her father, King James V.


* On July 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln informs his chief advisers and cabinet that he will issue a proclamation to free slaves, but that he will wait until the Union Army has achieved a substantial military victory. The Emancipation Proclamation had less to do with ending slavery than saving the crumbling union.


* On July 23, 1918, Della Sorenson kills the first of her seven victims in Nebraska. Over the next seven years, friends, relatives and acquaintances of Sorenson died under mysterious circumstances. In 1925, Sorenson was arrested when she made an unsuccessful attempt at killing two children with poisoned cookies.


* On July 28, 1929, President John F. Kennedy’s wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, is born into a prominent New York family. In 1951, she began her first job as the Washington Times-Herald’s “Inquiring Camera Girl,” roaming the streets of Washington, D.C., and asking “man on the street” questions.


* On July 26, 1943, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is born in Dartford, Kent, England. Michael Philip Jagger attended the London School of Economics, but left without graduating in order to pursue a career in music.


* On July 25, 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world’s first baby to be conceived via in vitro fertilization, is born in Manchester, England. In December 2006, Louise gave birth to a boy, Cameron John Mullinder, who was conceived naturally.


* On July 27, 1996, in Atlanta, the XXVI Summer Olympiad is disrupted by the explosion of a nail-laden pipe bomb in Centennial Olympic Park. The bombing killed one and injured more than 100 others. Police were warned of the bombing in advance, but the bomb exploded before the anonymous caller said it would.


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