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    • August 24, 0049 BC - Julius Caesar's general Gaius Curio is defeated in the Second Battle of the Bagradas River by the Numidians under Attius Varus and King Juba of Numidia. Curio commits suicide to avoid capture.

    • August 24, 0079 "Mount Vesuvius erupts. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae are buried in volcanic ash."

    • August 24, 0079 "Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Pompeii & Herculaneum"

    • August 24, 0410 "Rome overrun by Visigoths, symbolized fall of Western Roman Empire"

    • August 24, 0410 The Visigoths under Alaric begin to pillage Rome for three days.

    • August 24, 1215 Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid.

    • August 24, 1313 "Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor, dies."

    • August 24, 1349 Six thousand Jews are killed in Mainz after being blamed for the bubonic plague.

    • August 24, 1391 Jews massacred in Palma de Mallorca.

    • August 24, 1456 The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.

    • August 24, 1511 Alfonso de Albuquerque of Portugal conquers the Sultanate of Malacca.

    • August 24, 1561 Willem of Orange marries duchess Anna of Saxony.

    • August 24, 1572 King Charles IX orders massacre of thousands of French Protestants

    • August 24, 1572 "Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre: On the orders of king Charles IX of France, a massacre of Huguenots (French Protestants) begins."

    • August 24, 1608 The first official English representative to India lands in Surat.

    • August 24, 1662 Act of Uniformity requires England to accept the Book of Common Prayer.

    • August 24, 1680 "Death of Colonel (Thomas) Blood, Irish adventurer who stole Crown Jewels from Tower of London in 1671."

    • August 24, 1682 "William Penn receives the area that is now the state of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania."

    • August 24, 1690 "Calcutta, India is founded."

    • August 24, 1690 "Calcutta, India, is founded by the British East India Company."

    • August 24, 1690 "Job Charnock establishes an English trading post in West Bengal, considered the official founding of India's largest city, Calcutta."

    • August 24, 1751 Thomas Colley executed in England for drowning supposed witch

    • August 24, 1814 "British and Canadian troops invade Washington, D.C. and burn down the White House and several other buildings."

    • August 24, 1814 "British sack Washington, DC, White House burned"

    • August 24, 1814 "Washington, D.C. is burned by the British."

    • August 24, 1816 "The Treaty of St. Louis is signed in St. Louis, Missouri."

    • August 24, 1820 "Constitutionalist insurrection at Oporto, Portugal; see Portugal's crises of the Nineteenth Century."

    • August 24, 1821 New Mexico gains its independence from Spain.

    • August 24, 1821 "The Treaty of Crdoba is signed in Crdoba, now in Veracruz, Mexico, concluding the Mexican War of Independence from Spain."

    • August 24, 1831 Charles Darwin is asked to travel on HMS Beagle.

    • August 24, 1847 Charlotte Bront finishes Jane Eyre.

    • August 24, 1853 Potato chips are first prepared.

    • August 24, 1853 "The first potato chips prepared by Chef George Crum (Saratoga Springs, NY)"

    • August 24, 1854 National emigration convention meets in Cleveland

    • August 24, 1857 "The Panic of 1857 begins, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in U.S. history."

    • August 24, 1857 Thirty-one people die when ship Lady Bird collides with another vessel off the State of Victoria in Australia

    • August 24, 1858 "In Richmond, Virginia, 90 blacks are arrested for learning."

    • August 24, 1869 Waffle iron invented

    • August 24, 1870 The Wolseley Expedition reaches Manitoba to end the Red River Rebellion.

    • August 24, 1875 Captain Matthew Webb became first person to swim English Channel

    • August 24, 1909 Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal

    • August 24, 1912 Alaska becomes a U.S. territory.

    • August 24, 1912 Alaska becomes a United States territory.

    • August 24, 1912 NYC ticker tape parade for Jim Thorpe & victorious US olympians

    • August 24, 1912 Territory of Alaska organized

    • August 24, 1912 "US passes Anti-gag law, federal employees right to petition the govt"

    • August 24, 1914 World War I: German troops capture Namur.

    • August 24, 1916 "Official inauguration of the Australian Comforts Fund (ACF) The ACF coordinated the activities of the various State ""patriotic funds"" set up in 1914 to collect money to send comfort parcels to service personnel overseas"

    • August 24, 1918 "Sgt. Samuel Forsyth, NZ Engineers, attached to 2nd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment, won the Victoria Cross at Grevillers, France"

    • August 24, 1928 A subway wreck occurs under Times Square in New York City.

    • August 24, 1929 "Riots in Palestine of 1929: 18 Jews in Safed, 67 in Hebron, and 22 in Jerusalem killed by Arab Palestinians."

    • August 24, 1929 Turkey and Persia sign a friendship treaty.

    • August 24, 1931 France and the Soviet Union sign a neutrality/no attack treaty.

    • August 24, 1931 Resignation of the United Kingdom's Second Labour Government. Formation of the UK National Government.

    • August 24, 1932 "Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the U.S. nonstop, completing a 19-hour flight from Los Angeles to Newark, NJ."

    • August 24, 1932 "Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey)."

    • August 24, 1932 "The first transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart"

    • August 24, 1936 Australian Antarctic Territory created

    • August 24, 1936 The Australian Antarctic Territory is created.

    • August 24, 1937 "In the Spanish Civil War, the Basque Army surrenders to the Italian Corpo Truppe Volontarie following the Santoa Agreement."

    • August 24, 1939 Germany & USSR sign 10-year non-aggression pact

    • August 24, 1939 Germany and Russia sign a 10-year non-agression pact.

    • August 24, 1939 Last man hanged in New South Wales: axe murderer John Trevor Kelly.

    • August 24, 1939 The Nazi-Soviet Pact is signed between Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin.

    • August 24, 1944 World War II: Allied troops start the attack on Paris.

    • August 24, 1949 The treaty creating NATO goes into effect.

    • August 24, 1950 Edith Sampson becomes the first black U.S. delegate to the UN.

    • August 24, 1950 "Operation Magic Carpet-45,000 Yemenite Jews move to Israel"

    • August 24, 1954 "Communist Control Act passed, at height of McCarthyism"

    • August 24, 1954 "Getlio Dornelles Vargas, president of Brazil, commits suicide and is succeeded by Joo Caf Filho."

    • August 24, 1954 International Amateur Athletic Federation recognizes Red China

    • August 24, 1954 The Communist Control Act goes into effect. The American Communist Party is outlawed.

    • August 24, 1959 Hiram L Fong sworn in as first Chinese-American senator while Daniel K Inouye sworn in as first Japanese-American Rep (Both from Hawaii)

    • August 24, 1960 "-127 F (-88? C), Vostok, Antarctica (world record)"

    • August 24, 1960 "60 people die when bus plunges off bridge into Turvo River, Brazil"

    • August 24, 1960 "A temperature of 88C (127F) is measured in Vostok, Antarctica a world-record low."

    • August 24, 1961 Former nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa's minister of justice (if the shoe fits...)

    • August 24, 1963 John Pennel is first to pole-vault 17'

    • August 24, 1963 The 200-metre freestyle is swum in less than 2 minutes for the first time by Don Schollander (1:58).

    • August 24, 1966 USSR launches Luna 11 for orbit around Moon

    • August 24, 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."

    • August 24, 1967 Liberian flag designed

    • August 24, 1967 Mobs from China repeatedly attack British positions along 27km Hong Kong border and are driven off with tear gas.

    • August 24, 1968 France became world's 5th thermonuclear power

    • August 24, 1968 "France becomes a nuclear power, exploding a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific."

    • August 24, 1968 "France explodes its first hydrogen bomb, thus becoming the world's fifth nuclear power."

    • August 24, 1970 Bomb kills 1 at U of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison

    • August 24, 1972 Gordie Howe & Jean Beliveau inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame

    • August 24, 1975 Royal Commission in Australia finds women in public service work in poor conditions and are underpaid and had limited promotion prospect

    • August 24, 1976 Soyuz 21 returns to Earth

    • August 24, 1979 UN's Vienna office begins issuing postage stamps

    • August 24, 1981 Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon.

    • August 24, 1981 "Mark David Chapman, convicted assassin of ex-Beatle John Lennon, is sentenced in New York to 20-years-to-life in prison."

    • August 24, 1985 STS 51-I mission scrubbed at T -5m because of bad weather

    • August 24, 1987 Announcement of possible Martian tornadoes

    • August 24, 1989 Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose is banned from baseball for gambling by Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.

    • August 24, 1989 "Colombian drug barons declare ""total war"" on the Colombian government."

    • August 24, 1989 Pete Rose is suspended from baseball for life for gambling

    • August 24, 1989 Voyager 2 flies past Neptune

    • August 24, 1989 Voyager 2 passes Neptune.

    • August 24, 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.

    • August 24, 1990 Iraqi troops surround US & other embassies in Kuwait City

    • August 24, 1990 "Sinad O'Connor refuses to perform at the Garden State Arts Plaza in Holmdel, New Jersey if ""The Star-Spangled Banner"" is played before her show, as is customary. This began the downfall of her career."

    • August 24, 1991 Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party

    • August 24, 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

    • August 24, 1991 Ukraine declares independence from the USSR

    • August 24, 1991 Ukraine declares itself independent from the Soviet Union.

    • August 24, 1992 Diplomatic relations are established between the People's Republic of China and South Korea.

    • August 24, 1992 Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida as a Category 5 Hurricane.

    • August 24, 1994 Initial accord between Israel and the PLO about partial self-rule of the Palestinians on the West Bank.

    • August 24, 1995 "Microsoft holds a party for 2,000 industry dignitaries on its Redmond, WA campus, as it introduces the Windows 95 personal computer operating system to the world. (Our webmaster was one of those who attended the event, along with Bill Gates and Jay Leno.)"

    • August 24, 1995 "Windows 95, a computer operating system by Microsoft, is released with much fanfare."

    • August 24, 1998 First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.

    • August 24, 1998 The Netherlands is selected as the site for the trial of the two Libyan suspects of the 1988 Pan Am bombing.

    • August 24, 2000 "Argon fluorohydride, the first Argon compound ever known, is discovered at the University of Helsinki by Finnish scientists."

    • August 24, 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.

    • August 24, 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."

    • August 24, 2006 "The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term ""planet"" such that Pluto is considered a ""Dwarf Planet."

    • August 24, 2009 "A Malaysian Muslim woman, Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, who was convicted of drinking alcohol, is granted a reprieve until after Ramadan."

    • August 24, 2009 "According to court documents, the Los Angeles County coroner's preliminary assessment is that Michael Jackson's death was caused by an overdose of the anesthetic propofol."

    • August 24, 2009 "At least 200 children are killed and around 900 hospitalised by Japanese encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh, India."

    • August 24, 2009 Baitullah Mehsud is confirmed dead by leaders of Pakistan's Taliban.

    • August 24, 2009 "Captain Moussa Dadis Camara who seized power in a military coup in Guinea, refuses to rule out standing for President, after previously promising not to."

    • August 24, 2009 China is to try 200 people suspected of their involvement in the �r�mqi riots last month.

    • August 24, 2009 Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro appears on television for the first time in more than a year.

    • August 24, 2009 "Ireland's Green Party and gay rights organisations defend plans to introduce civil partnerships for same-sex couples following criticism of the move by Cardinal Se�n Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland."

    • August 24, 2009 Kenya's fifth national census takes place.

    • August 24, 2009 "Ryan Jenkins, from Megan Wants A Millionaire, is found dead after an apparent suicide."

    • August 24, 2009 "Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill defends his decision to release the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi."

    • August 24, 2009 Sweden's TeliaSonera AB announces cash offers worth around $687.7 million in total for shares it doesn't already own in Baltic operators Teo LT and Eesti Telekom.

    • August 24, 2009 "The district court in Stockholm orders BitTorrent tracker The Pirate Bay's largest ISP, Black Internet, to stop serving the website's traffic"

    • August 24, 2009 "Thieves kill an endangered Sumatran Tiger in an Indonesian zoo and steal its body, leaving its intestines behind."

    • August 24, 2009 Two mass graves containing the remains of communist soldiers dating from the Vietnam War are discovered in central Vietnam.







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