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Today in History October 24
Today in History October 24

Some events from the History

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439   Carthage, the leading Roman city in North Africa, falls to Genseric and the Vandals.
1531   Bavaria, despite being a Catholic region, joins the League of Schmalkalden, a Protestant group which opposes Charles V.
1648   The signing of the Treaty of Westphalia ends the German Thirty Years' War.
1755   A British expedition against the French held Fort Niagara in Canada ends in failure.
1836   The match is patented.
1861   Western Union completes the first transcontinental telegraph line, putting the Pony Express out of business.
1863   General Ulysses S. Grant arrives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to find the Union Army there starving.
1897   The first comic strip appears in the Sunday color supplement of the New York Journalcalled the 'Yellow Kid.'
1901   Anna Edson Taylor, 43, is the first woman to go safely over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She made the attempt for the cash award offered, which she put toward the loan on her Texas ranch.
1916   Henry Ford awards equal pay to women.
1917   The Austro-German army routs the Italian army at Caporetto, Italy.
1929   Black Thursday--the first day of the stock market crash which began the Great Depression.
1930   John Wayne debuts in his first starring role in The Big Trail .
1931   Al (Alphonse) Capone, the prohibition-era Chicago gangster, is sent to prison for tax evasion.
1934   Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, called Mahatma or "Great Soul," resigns from Congress in India.
1938   The Fair Labor Standards Act becomes law, establishing the 40-hour work week.
1944   The aircraft carrier USS Princeton is sunk by a single Japanese plane during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
1945   The United Nations comes into existence with the ratification of its charter by the first 29 nations.
1945   Vidkun Quisling, Norway's wartime minister president, is executed by firing squad for collaboration with the Nazis.
1952   Presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower announces that if elected, he will go to Korea.
1970   Leftist Salvador Allende elected president of Chile.
1973   Yom Kippur War ends.
1980   Poland's government legalizes the Solidarity trade union.
1992   Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves in the 11th inning of the 6th game, to become the first Major League Baseball team from outside the US to win the series.
2003   The supersonic Concorde jet made its last commercial passenger flight from New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport to London's Heathrow Airport, traveling at twice the speed of sound.
2008   Many stock exchanges worldwide suffer the steepest declines in their histories; the day becomes known as "Bloody Friday."

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