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On this day: June 24

Published On: Jun 21 2013 11:57:25 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 24 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

A 19-year-old Pablo Picasso opens his first major exhibition, Mark Pickford becomes the first million-dollar actress, the Soviets begin their blockade of Berlin, Lynyrd Skynyrd releases "Sweet Home Alabama," and Mark Sanford comes clean, all on this day.

OTD June 24 - Battle of Sluys
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1340: At the Battle of Sluys, one of the opening battles of the Hundred Years' War between England and France, the French fleet is almost destroyed by the English Fleet commanded in person by King Edward III. The victory gave England complete mastery over the English channel.

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