Today in History
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  We know of 3 events of note in literature and the arts that occurred on June 24:
  • On this day in London in 1875, archaeologist Dr. Heinrich Schliemann spoke to the Society of Anytiquarians about his purported discovery of Homeric Troy two years earlier. One of his sponsors was William E. Gladstone.
  • Renaissance patroness Lucrezia Borgia died a natural death on this day in 1519.
  • Unorthodox American writer Ambrose Bierce was born on this day in 1842. He disappeared while supposedly riding in Mexico with Pancho Villa's gang. His Devil's Dictionary contains cynical definitions, such as "Acquaintance, A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to."