This Day in History - October 24

October 24

51 – Roman Emperor Domitian is born

439 – Carthage in North Africa falls to Genseric and the Vandals

1531 – Catholic Bavaria joins the League of Schmalkalden, a Protestant group, because they oppose Charles V

1601 – Danish astronomer and chemist, Tycho Brahe, dies

1632 – Dutch naturalist, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, is born

1648 – The German Thirty Years’ War is ended by the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia

1755 – A British expedition against the French fails in Fort Niagara

1775 – During the American Revolution, a British naval fleet under the command of Captain Matthew Squire attacked Norfolk, Virginia but was pushed back by the Patriots and militia

1788 – Magazine editor and poet, Sarah Josepha Hale, is born

1836 – The match is patented

1861 – The Pony Express is put out of business by Western Union

1862 – William Rosecrans replaces Union General Don Carlos Buell because of his failure during the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky.

1863 – General Ulysses S. Grant arrives in Chattanooga during the Civil War and learns the Union Army there is starving

1897 – The first comic strip, entitled “Yellow Kid,” appears in the Sunday color supplement of the New York Journal

1901 – Anna Edson Taylor becomes the first woman to go safely over the Niagara Falls in a barrel

1904 – American playwright, Moss Hart, is born

1911 – Blues performer, Sonny Terry, is born

1916 – Henry Ford gives equal pay to women

1917 – The Austro-German army routs the Italian army at Caporetto, Italy during World War I

1921 – In the French town of Chalons-sur-Marne, an American officer selects the body of the first “Unknown Soldier” to be honored among the approximately 77,000 United States servicemen killed on the Western Front during World War I

1923 – English poet, Denise Levertov, is born

1929 – American composer George Henry Crumb is born

1929 – Black Thursday takes place aka the first day of the stock market crash that began the Great Depression

1930 – Singer, songwriter, and musician that died in the plane crash with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the pilot, Roger Peterson, The Big Bopper aka Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr. is born

1930 – John Wayne debuts in his first starring role in The Big Trail

1931 – Al Capone, Chicago gangster, is sent to prison for tax evasion

1931 – New York governor Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River

1933 – Ronald and Reginald Kray, infamous London gangsters, were born

1934 – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi resigns from Congress in India

1938 – The 40-hour workweek is established by the Fair Labor Standards Act

1941 – Biomedical researcher who developed technology that restored limited sight to blind patients, Dr. William H. Dobelle, is born

1942 – Irish author, journalist, and broadcaster, Frank Delany, is born

1944 – During the Battle of Leyte Gulf in World War II, the aircraft carrier USS Princeton is sunk by a single Japanese plane

1944 – French businessman Louis Renault dies

1945 – The UN is born with the ratification of its charter by the first 29 nations

1945 – Norway’s wartime minister president, Vidkun Quisling, is executed by firing squad for collaborating with the Nazis

1947 – Two rush-hour commuter trains collide in South Croydon, England, killing 32

1951 – President Harry Truman finally proclaims that the nation’s war with Germany, begun in 1941, is officially over

1952 – As a presidential candidate, Dwight Eisenhower announces that if elected, he will go to Korea

1954 – President Eisenhower pledges support to Diem’s government and military forces

1958 – US Army’s Deputy Director of Operations during the Iraq War, General Vincent K. Brooks is born

1962 – American race car driver, Dave Blaney, is born

1966 – Russian politician and businessman, Roman Abramovich, is born

1966 – In Manila, President Johnson meets with other Allied leaders and they pledge to withdraw troops from Vietnam within six months if North Vietnam “withdraws its forces to the North and ceases infiltration of South Vietnam.”

1969 – Movie star Richard Burton impresses wife Elizabeth Taylor when he buys her a 69-carat Cartier diamond ring costing $1.5 million

1969 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as a team of bank robbers in the Old West, opens in theaters

1970 – Leftist Salvador Allende becomes president of Chile

1972 – American baseball player, Jackie Robinson, dies

1980 – Poland’s government legalizes the Solidarity trade union

1985 – English soccer player, Wayne Rooney, is born

1992 – Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series

2003 – The supersonic Concorde jet made its last commercial passenger flight from New York City’s JFK Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport, traveling twice the speed of sound

2005 – American activist, Rosa Parks, dies

2008 – Bloody Friday takes place, aka the day many worldwide stock exchanges suffer the steepest declines in their histories


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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