On This Day 24 June

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-06-24
In 1374 there was an outbreak of Dancing Mania in Aachen; Picasso exhibited at 19 for the first time in Paris in 1901 and Siam became Thailand in 1939. More recently in 2012 Lonesome George - the last of a subspecies of Galapagos tortoise died.

Lonesome George was a Pinta Island Tortoise from the Galapagos Islands

He was the last known tortoise of his species being born (hatched) in about 1910 and dying in 2012 at the age of 101 in the Galapagos National Park.


He was first sighted in 1971 on the Pinta Island after the island had been devastated by non-native wildlife (goats). He was moved to the Charles Darwin Research Station where he remained.

There were several mating attempts, although none with the same species, and in 2008 he did mate resulting in 13 eggs being collected; unfortunately they were all inviable. Two further attempts had the same result of the eggs being inviable.


In 2012 he was found dead with the cause thought to be cardiac arrest. His body was shipped to New York to be taxidermied. He eventually returned to the Charles Darwin Research Station in 2017.


Have a look at the Charles Darwin Foundation Twitter account to see the great work they are doing in conserving the Galapagos Islands.

Short BBC video on Lonesome George

Other events on this day

  • 1374: outbreak of St John's Dance in Aachen, Germany
  • 1495: Christopher Columbus sent 5 ships of Native American captives to Seville to be sold as slaves
  • 1901: first exhibition by Picasso opened in Paris
  • 1939: Siam is renamed Thailand by its third Prime Minister
  • 1947: first official UFO report in US
  • 2012: death of Lonesome George - last of a subspecies of Galapagos tortoise
  • 2018: women drive for the first time in Saudi Arabia