What Happened on August 24

Historical Events

  • 79 Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Roman Pompeii & Herculaneum, 15,000 die
  • 410 Rome overrun by Visigoths under Alaric I for the first time in nearly 800 years, seen as the fall of the Western Roman Empire
  • 1516 Battle of Marj Dabiq: Ottoman forces decisively beat the Mamluk Sultanate
  • 1572 St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of Protestants by Roman Catholics begins in Paris and later spreads to the French provinces
  • 1662 Act of Uniformity requires English to accept Book of Common Prayer
  • 1814 British forces capture Washington, D.C. and destroy many landmarks (War of 1812)
  • 1968 France becomes the world's fifth thermonuclear power with a detonation on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific
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Did You Know?

The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed

On August 24, 1456

Famous Weddings

  • 1561 Willem of Orange marries duchess Anna of Saxon
  • 1899 Businessman James Cash Penney (24) weds Bertha Alva Hess
  • 1970 Actor Peter Sellers (44) weds model Miranda Quarry
  • 1987 Actor Patrick Dempsey (21) weds manager Rocky Parker (47)
  • 1996 Actress-model Vendela (30) weds Norwegian politician Olaf Thommessen (30) in Stockholm, Sweden

Famous Divorces

  • 1976 Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (59) divorces her sixth husband, toy inventor Jack Ryan (49) after 1 year of marriage
  • 2009 American actor Eddie Cibrian (36) divorces TV personality Brandi Glanville (35) due to irreconcilable differences
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