July 24 in history

Confederate Lt. Gen. Jubal Early on July 24, 1864, emerges victorious from the Second Battle of Kernstown just outside Winchester, Va.

After Early drives the Union troops from the Shenandoah Valley back across the Potomac into Maryland, he launches an attack on the B&O, the South’s last major raid into Union territory. He also orders his cavalry to set ablaze the city of Chambersburg, Pa. – payback for a Union leader’s decision earlier in the month to burn several wealthy Southern sympathizers’ homes in Jefferson County.

Beckley-born actor Chris Sarandon turns 71 today. After he earned a degree from West Virginia University, he won acclaim in “Dog Day Afternoon” and “The Princess Bride.”

Others with birthdays today: South American liberator Simon Bolivar (below), aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, singer Jennifer Lopez, author Zelda Fitzgerald, basketball’s Karl Malone, baseball’s Barry Bonds, and actors Ruth Buzzi (“Laugh-In”), Robert Hays (“Airplane!”), Michael Richards (“Seinfeld”), Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”), Kristin Chenoweth (“The West Wing”), Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) and Anna Paquin (“The Piano,” “True Blood”).


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