24th August, on this day

49 BC Julius Caesar's general Gaius Scribonius Curio is defeated in the Second Battle of the Bagradas River by the Numidians under Publius Attius Varus and King Juba of Numidia. Curio commits suicide to avoid capture.
79 An eruption from Mount Vesuvius destroys the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum killing at least 2,000. The hot volcanic ash helps preserve both bodies and buildings for hundreds of years
410 Rome overrun by Visigoths, symbolized fall of Western Roman Empire
1215 Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid.
1349 Six thousand Jews are killed in Mainz after being blamed for the bubonic plague.
1391 Jews massacred in Palma de Mallorca.
1456 The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.
1511 Alfonso de Albuquerque of Portugal conquers Malacca, the capital of the Sultanate of Malacca.
1561 Willem of Orange marries duchess Anna of Saxony.
1572 The St Bartholomew's Day massacre in Paris after Charles IX orders the killing of thousands of French Huguenots. An estimate 70,000 are put to deaththroughout France
1608 The first official English representative to India lands in Surat.
1662 Act of Uniformity requires English to accept book of Common Prayer
1682 DE awarded to William Penn
1690 Calcutta, India is founded.
1751 Thomas Colley executed in England for drowning supposed witch
1814 British troops led by General Ross invade the city of Washington and set fire to buildings in the capital, including the White House and the Capitol
1816 The Treaty of St. Louis is signed in St. Louis, Missouri.
1820 Constitutionalist insurrection at Oporto, Portugal; see Portugal's crises of the Nineteenth Century.
1821 The Treaty of Córdoba is signed in Córdoba, now in Veracruz, Mexico, concluding the Mexican War of Independence from Spain.
1831 Charles Darwin is asked to travel on HMS Beagle.
1853 1st potato chips prepared by Chef George Crum (Saratoga Springs, NY)
1857 The Panic of 1857 begins, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in U.S. history.
1858 In Richmond, Virginia, 90 blacks are arrested for learning.
1869 Waffle iron invented
1870 The Wolseley Expedition reaches Manitoba to end the Red River Rebellion.
1875 British Merchant Navy captain Matthew Webb becomes first man to swim the English Channel in 21 hours 45 minutes
1891 Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera
1909 Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal
1912 NYC ticker tape parade for Jim Thorpe and victorious US olympians
1912 Territory of Alaska organized
1912 US passes Anti-gag law, federal employees right to petition the govt
1914 German troops capture Namur.
1922 Arab states reject the granting of a British mandate in Palestine given by the League of Nations
1929 Turkey and Persia sign a friendship treaty.
1929 Riots in Palestine of 1929: 18 Jews in Safed, 67 in Hebron, and 22 in Jerusalem killed by Arab Palestinians.
1931 France and the Soviet Union sign a neutrality/no attack treaty.
1931 Resignation of the United Kingdom's Second Labour Government. Formation of the UK National Government
1932 1st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart
1936 Australian Antarctic Territory created
1937 In the Spanish Civil War, the Basque Army surrenders to the Italian Corpo Truppe Volontarie following the Santoña Agreement.
1939 Germany and USSR sign 10-year non-aggression pact
1942 The Battle of the Eastern Solomons. Japanese aircraft carrier Ryujo is sunk and US carrier Enterprise heavily damaged.
1944 Allied troops start the attack on Paris.
1949 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) established
1950 Operation Magic Carpet-45,000 Yemenite Jews move to Israel
1951 The start of the Mau-Mau rebellion against British rule in Kenya
1954 The United States of America outlaws membership of the Communist Party with the Communist Control Act - signed by US President Dwight Eisenhower
1954 Getúlio Dornelles Vargas, president of Brazil, commits suicide and is succeeded by João Café Filho.
1954 International Amateur Athletic Federation recognizes Red China
1956 1st non-stop transcontinental helicopter flight arrived Wash DC
1960 60 people die when bus plunges off bridge into Turvo River, Brazil
1960 A temperature of -88°C (-127°F) is measured in Vostok, Antarctica — a world-record low.
1961 Former nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa's minister of justice (if the shoe fits...)
1965 450,000 year old body of man is found in a Hungarian limestone quarry
1966 USSR launches Luna 11 for orbit around Moon
1967 Liberian flag designed
1967 Led by Abbie Hoffman, a group of hippies temporarily disrupt trading at the NYSE by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery, causing a cease in trading as the brokers scramble to grab them up.
1968 France becomes the world's fifth nuclear power when it successfully explodes a hydrogen bomb near Fugataufa Atoll in the Pacific Ocean
1970 Bomb kills 1 at U of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison
1975 Death sentences imposed on former Greek Prime Minister Georgios Papadopoulos and two other leaders of the 1967 coup, are commuted to life imprisonment
1976 Soyuz 21 returns to Earth
1979 UN's Vienna office begins issuing postage stamps
1981 American Mark Chapman is given a 20 year life sentence for shooting John Lennon - the former member of the British group, The Beatles - in New York
1986 Irish musician Bob Geldof marries Paula Yates
1987 Announcement of possible Martian tornadoes
1989 Voyager 2 flies past Neptune
1989 Colombian drug barons declare "total war" on the Colombian government.
1990 Iraqi troops surround US and other embassies in Kuwait City
1990 Irishman Brian Keenan is released by his Islamic kidnappers in Beirut after spending 52 months in captivity
1990 A judge rules that Judas Priest are not responsible for the deaths of two youths who committed suicide after listening to the band's music.
1991 Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party
1991 The Parliament of Ukraine declares independence from the Soviet Union
1992 Diplomatic relations are established between the People's Republic of China and South Korea.
1992 Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida as a Category 5 Hurricane.
1994 Initial accord between Israel and the PLO about partial self-rule of the Palestinians on the West Bank.
1998 Britain, the United States and the Netherlands agree to put two Libyans on trial for planting the bomb which blew up a Pan Am airliner over the town of Lockerbie, Scotland killing all those on board and several on the ground
1998 First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
2000 Argon fluorohydride, the first Argon compound ever known, is discovered at the University of Helsinki by Finnish scientists.
2001 Air Transat Flight 236 runs out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean (en route to Lisbon from Toronto) and makes an emergency landing in the Azores.
2004 89 passengers die after two airliners explode after flying out of Domodedovo International Airport, near Moscow. The explosions were caused by suicide bombers (reportedly female) from the Russian Republic of Chechnya.
2006 The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet.
2008 The 2008 Olympics will come to an end in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China.

24th August 2006

Israel army chief admits failures

US 'lacks Iran arms intelligence'

Pluto loses status as a planet

24th August 2007

Truce as women flee Lebanon camp

Bangladesh quells unrest

Wheat prices reach record level

24th August 2008

Beijing bids farewell to Olympics

Plane crashes in Kyrgyz capital

Taleban winning war, says Zardar

24th August 2009

Bus bombs in Iraqi town

Clashes over Brazil slum eviction

US probe into CIA abuses

24th August 2010

Plane crash kills 42 in China

Somali MPs killed in hotel suicide attack

Nepal plane crash kills 14

Birthdates which occurred on 24th August :

1113 Geoffrey Plantagenet France, conquered Normandy
1591 Robert Herrick England, poet (Gather ye rosebuds) (baptized)
1759 Wilbur Wilberforce England, crusaded against slavery
1787 James Weddell Ostend England, Antarctic explorer (Weddell Sea)
1816 Sir Daniel Gooch laid 1st successful transatlantic cables
1872 Sir Max Beerbohm England, caricaturist/writer/wit (Saturday Review)
1886 William Francis Gibbs naval architect, designed Liberty ships
1890 Duke Kahanamoku Hawaii, 100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1912, 20)
1894 Jean Rhys West Indies, writer (Voyage in the Dark)
1896 Phil Baker Phila, comedian (Who's Whose)
1898 Albert Claude Belgium, physician (Nobel 1974)
1898 Malcolm Cowley Belsano Penn, author (Flowering of New England)
1899 Jorge Luis Borges Argentina, writer of fiction, essays (Labyrinths)
19-- Carole Ita White NYC, actress (Rosie-Laverne & Shirley)
19-- Frank Runyeon actor (As the World Turns)
19-- Stephen Keep Camden SC, actor (Les Kincaid-Flo)
19-- Steve Hanks Wadsworth Ohio, actor (B.A.D. Cats)
1900 Preston Foster Ocean City NJ, actor (Waterfront, Gunslinger)
1902 Fernand Braudel French historian (Civililization & Capitalism)
1912 Durward Kirby Indianapolis Ind, TV announcer (Garry Moore Show)
1917 Dennis James Jersey City NJ, wrestling announcer/TV host (PDQ)
1922 R‚ne L‚vesque Quebec premier (1976-85)
1924 Louis Teicher pianist (Ferrante & Teicher-Exodus)
1927 William V Shannon journalist/ambassador to Ireland (1977-81)
1938 Mason Williams Abilene Tx, writer (Smother Brothers Hour)
1944 Gregory B Jarvis Detroit Mich, astronaut (STS 25)
1946 Richard "Dick" N Richards Key West Fl, USN/astr (STS-28, 41, sk:50)
1949 Anna L Fisher St Albans NY, MD/astronaut (STS 51-A)
1949 Joe Regalbuto Bkln NY, actor (Knots Landing, Frank-Murphy Brown)
1956 Gerry Cooney heavyweight boxer (Olympics-1980)
1958 Steve Guttenberg Bkln NY, actor (Police Academy, Short Circuit)
1961 Cal Ripken Jr all-star shortstop (Balt Orioles)
1963 John Bush heavy metal rocker (Armoured Saint-Can U Deliver)
1964 Pebbles rocker (Girlfriend)
1965 Marlee Matlin Ill, deaf actress (Children of Lesser God-Acad Award)
1962 Mary E Weber Cleveland Ohio, PhD/astronaut


Deaths which occurred on August 24th:
1967 Amanda Randolph actress (Danny Thomas, Amos n Andy), dies at 65
1973 Billy Greene actor (Burton-One Man's Family), dies at 76
1983 Jack Somack actor (Ball Four, Stockard Channing Show), dies at 64
1988 Max Shulman author (Dobie Gillis, Tender Trap), dies at 69
1991 Abel Kivlat US 1500m runner (Olympic-silver-1912), dies at 99
1991 Bernard Castro patented convertible couch, dies at 87
1998 E.G. Marshall actor - "The Defenders", "Nixon", "Absolute Power", dies at 88