Battle of Bedriacum, forces under Antonius Primus, the commander of the
Danube armies, loyal to Vespasian,
defeat the forces of Emperor Vitellius.
1260 Chartres Cathedral is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France; the cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
1260 Saif ad-Din Qutuz, Mamluk sultan of Egypt, is assassinated by Baibars, who seizes power for himself.
1360 The Treaty of Brétigny is ratified at Calais, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years' War.
1593 Alleged teleportation of Gil Perez.
1648 Peace of Westphalia ends 30 year war and Holy Roman Empire
1795 3rd partition of Poland, between Austria, Prussia and Russia
1812 The Battle of Maloyaroslavets takes place near Moscow.
1836 The match is patented
1851 William Lassell discovers Ariel and Umbriel, satellites of Uranus
1856 Constitution of South Australia adopted
1857 The founding of the world's first official football club, Sheffield Football Club, in Yorkshire, England by a group of former students from Cambridge University
1861 1st transcontinental telegram sent ending the Pony Express
1871 Mob in LA hangs 18 Chinese
1901 To help raise money to pay her mortgage, Mrs Ann Edson Taylor goes over Niagra Falls in a padded barrel - and survives
1911 Robert Scott's expedition leaves Cape Evans for South Pole
1911 Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.
1912 First Balkan War : The Battle of Kumanovo concludes with the Serbian victory.
1917 Battle of Caporetto starts on the Austro-Italian front of World War I
1917 The day of the October revolution : Bolshevik armed forces began the takeover of government buildings on 24 October, however 25 October was the date when the Winter Palace (the seat of the Provisional government located in Petrograd, then capital of Russia), was captured.
1922 In Italy, at the Fascist Congress in Naples, leader Benito Mussolini demands a place in the Italian Government
1926 Harry Houdini's last performance, which was at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
1929 Start of the 'Wall Street Crash' which wipes millions of dollars off the value of shares in America and triggers falls on stock markets around the world
1930 A bloodless coup d'état in Brazil ousts Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, the last President of the First Republic. Getúlio Dornelles Vargas is then installed as "provisional president."
1931 American gangster Al Capone starts an 11 year prison sentence in Alcatraz after being found guilty of tax evasion. He is released in 1939 and dies in 1947
1935 Italy invades Ethiopia
1939 Benny Goodman records "Let's Dance"
1939 Nylon stockings go on sale for 1st time (Wilmington, Delaware)
1943 Anti-nazi Clandestine Radio Soldatsender Calais begins transmitting
1944 The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, and the battleship Musashi are sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
1945 United Nations Charter becomes effective
1945 Execution of Norweigan leader Vidkum Quisling after being found guilty of treason during World War II for collaborating with the Germans
1946 A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.
1947 Walt Disney testifies to the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be communists.
1947 Series of forest fires burn $30 million of timber (New England States)
1951 United Nations publishes its 1st postage stamps
1952 Arab Liberation Movement becomes the only party of Syria
1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States support to South Vietnam
1956 Soviet troops invade Hungary
1957 The USAF starts the X-20 Dyna-Soar program.
1960 Nedelin catastrophe : Disaster on USSR launch pad, kills missile expert Nedelin and team (unconfirmed); USSR claims he was killed in plane crash
1964 Zambia (N Rhodesia) gains independence from Britain
1968 Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful busted for pot, released on bail
1969 British actor Richard Burton buys his wife, American actress Elizabeth Taylor, a 69.42 carat diamond costing more than a million dollars
1970 Nancy Walker creates Ida Morgenstein role on Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970 Salvador Allende Gossens elected president of Chile
1973 Heavy fog causes 65 car collision killing 9 on NJ Turnpike
1973 John Lennon sues US govt to admit the FBI is tapping his phone
1973 Yom Kippur War ends, Israel 65 miles from Cairo, 26 from Damascus
1976 British Formula One driver James Hunt becomes the World Motor Racing Champion
1976 1st Jewish film and TV festival
1977 Veterans Day is observed on the fourth Monday in October for the seventh and last time. (The holiday is once again observed on November 11 beginning the following year.)
1979 Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc
1980 Polish government legalizes independent labor union Solidarity
1984 11 members of the Colombo crime family arrested
1984 Intelsat 5 re-enters Earth's atmosphere 5 months after it failed
1984 Steffi Graf plays her 1st pro tennis match
1986 Nezar Hindawi is sentenced to 45 years in prison, the longest sentence handed down by a British court, for the attempted bombing on an El Al flight at Heathrow. After the verdict, the United Kingdom breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, claiming that Hindawi was helped by Syrian officials.
1988 Typhoon Ruby sinks Philippine ferry; hundreds drown
1989 US television preacher Jim Bakker is given a 45 year jail sentence and final $500,000 for swindling his followers out of a millions of dollars
1990 Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti reveals to the Italian parliament the existence of Gladio, the Italian "stay-behind" clandestine paramilitary NATO army.
1995 Britain's main church leaders attack the setting up of Britain's first National Lottery, accusing it of undermining public culture and damaging society
1998 Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission
2002 Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, DC.
2003 Concorde makes its last commercial flight.
2004 10 people, including 4 family members of Rick Hendrick, are killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway. The plane was owned by NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports
October 24th 2005
Blasts shake Baghdad hotel area
Hurricane sweeps across Florida
Knife mob killed city riot victim
October 24th 2006
France probed on Rwanda genocide
Niger orders expulsion of Arabs
UK outlines new EU work curbs
October 24th 2007
Bush declares major fire disaster
Russia 'chessboard killer' guilty
China launches first Moon orbiter
October 24th 2008
Shares hit by recession worries
Hundreds protest Taleban killings
Floods kill nine people in Yemen
October 24th 2009
Pakistan 'takes key Taliban town'
US declares swine flu 'emergency'
Deadly train collision in Egypt
Birthdates which occurred on October 24th:
1632 Antony van Leeuwenhoek
Hol, naturalist (Philosophical Transactions)
1788 Sarah Josepha Hale author (Mary Had a Little Lamb)
1882 Dame Sybil Thorndike England, actress (Saint Joan)
1890 Chicago Mainbocher uniform designer (Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Waves)
19-- Doug Davidson actor (Paul-The Young & the Restless)
19-- Glenn Tipton rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law)
19-- James Whitmore Jr NYC, actor (Hunter, Baa Baa Black Sheep)
19-- Karen Austin Welch WV, actress (Carrie-Quest, Lana-Night Court)
19-- Maggie Pierce Detroit Mich, actress (Barbara-My Mother the Car)
19-- Ron Tomme Chicago Ill, actor (Charles-Dallas, Love of Life)
19-- Teri Keane actress (Loving)
1904 Moss Hart Bronx NY, playwright (You can't Take it With You, Act 1)
1911 Clarence M Kelley FBI head
1923 Denise Levertov American poet/essayist (Joy Beneath the Skin)
1925 Luciano Berio Oneglia Italy, composer (Chemins)
1926 YA Tittle AAFC, NFL QB (Baltimore, SF, NY Giants, MVP 1963)
1929 George Crumb Charleston WV, composer (Pulitzer 1968-Echoes of Time)
1929 James Brosnan baseball player/writer (The Long Season)
1936 Bill Wyman England, rocker (Rolling Stones-Under My Thumb)
1936 David Nelson NYC, actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet)
1938 Fred E Finn SF Calif, pianist (Mickie Finn's)
1940 F Murray Abraham actor (Amadeus, Mad Man)
1947 Kevin Kline St Louis, actor (Sophie's Choice, Big Chill)
1951 Todd Crespi Frankfurt Germany, actor (The Magician)
1953 James di Donato twin who swam the butterfly 406 miles
1953 Jonathan di Donato twin who swam the butterfly 406 miles
1972 Louis Michael Anthony Sassin Boston, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun)
Deaths which occurred on October 24th:
1537 Jane Seymour 3rd wife of Henry VIII, dies
1601 Tycho Brahe astronomer, dies in Prague at 54
1655 Pierre Gassendi French philosopher, dies at 63
1957 Christian Dior French designer, dies at 52 in Italy
1961 Dr Milan Stoyadinovich Fascist Yugoslavia PM (1935-9), dies at 73
1963 Beverly Wills actress (Beverly-I Married Joan), dies at 29
1971 Chuck Hughes Detroit Lion collapses during game & later, dies
1972 Jackie Robinson dies at 53
1973 Allan "Rocky" Lane actor (voice of Mr Ed, Red Ryder), dies at 72
1975 Ismail Erez Turkish ambassador killed by car bomb in Paris
1981 Deborah Baltzell actress (Karen-I'm a Big Girl Now), dies at 25
1982 James Philbrook actor (Islanders, Investigators), dies at 58
1983 Jessica Savitch news anchor (NBC-TV), dies at 35
1984 Edith Massey actress, dies at 66
1984 Walter Woolf King actor/TV host (Lights Cameras Action), dies at 85
1987 Constantin Alajalov Russian artist, dies at 86
1991 Gene Roddenberry Star Trek creator, dies of a heart attack at 70
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