Events in History on August 24

  • 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 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

AgreementMagna Carta

1215 Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid

  • 1217 Battle of South Foreland: English fleet beats France
  • 1349 6,000 Jews, blamed for the Plague, are killed in Mainz
  • 1349 Jews of Cologne Germany set themselves on fire to avoid baptism
  • 1391 Jews of Palma Majorca massacred
  • 1456 The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1511 Afonso de Albuquerque of Portugal conquers Malacca, the capital of the Sultanate of Malacca.

Admiral and Duke of Goa Afonso de Albuquerque
Admiral and Duke of Goa
Afonso de Albuquerque
  • 1516 Battle of Marj Dabiq: Ottoman forces decisively beat the Mamluk Sultanate
  • 1542 Conquistador Francisco de Orellana returns to Spain
  • 1558 Battle of Gravelines: English fleet beats Spanish
  • 1572 St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of Protestants by Roman Catholics begins in Paris and later spreads to the French provinces
  • 1608 1st English convoy lands at Surat, India
  • 1662 Act of Uniformity requires English to accept Book of Common Prayer

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1682 Duke James of York gives Delaware to William Penn

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn
  • 1690 Job Charnock founds Calcutta India
  • 1704 Battle of Málaga: largest naval battle in the War of the Spanish Succession; Tactically indecisive but a Grand Alliance strategic victory
  • 1751 Thomas Colley executed in England for drowning supposed witch
  • 1814 British forces capture Washington, D.C. and destroy many landmarks (War of 1812)
  • 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.
  • 1826 Netherland's South Willems Port (Bosch-Liege) opens
  • 1828 Dutch army takes Fort Du Bus in New Guinea

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1831 John Henslow asks Charles Darwin to travel with him on HMS Beagle

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1833 HMS Beagle reaches Bahia Blanca, Argentina

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1847 Charlotte Brontë finishes manuscript of "Jane Eyre"

  • 1853 1st potato chips prepared by chef George Crum (Saratoga Springs, NY)
  • 1854 National emigration convention meets in Cleveland
  • 1857 The Panic of 1857 begins, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in U.S. history.
  • 1858 Richmond "Daily Dispatch" reports 90 blacks arrested for learning
  • 1869 Cornelius Swarthout patents stove-top waffle iron
  • 1870 The Wolseley Expedition reaches Manitoba to end the Red River Rebellion.
  • 1876 Riot abolishes fairs in Amsterdam, 2 killed

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1891 Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • 1893 Tornado destroys coast of Savannah & Charleston, about 1000 die
  • 1904 Battle of Liao-Yang-200,000 Japanese against 150,000 Russian, Japanese tactical victory
  • 1909 Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal
  • 1911 Manuel d'Arriaga elected first president of Portugal

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1912 NYC ticker tape parade for Jim Thorpe & victorious US Olympians

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1912 District of Alaska becomes an organized incorporated territory of the United States
  • 1912 US passes Anti-gag law, federal employees right to petition government
  • 1914 Battle at Bergen: Germans defeat Belgian/British troops
  • 1914 German troops occupy Namur, Belgium
  • 1920 With British approval, Greece is encouraged to take offensive action against Turkish nationalists in Asia Minor
  • 1921 Battle of Sakaray Valley begins between Turkey & Greece
  • 1921 British airship R-38 crashes in River Humber, 44 die

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1923 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3 mile (14:11.2)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1929 Palestinians attack orthodox Jews in Jerusalem
  • 1929 Turkey & Persia signs friendship treaty
  • 1931 France & USSR sign neutrality/no attack treaty

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1932 1st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart

Aviation Pioneer Amelia Earhart
Aviation Pioneer
Amelia Earhart
  • 1936 Australian Antarctic Territory created

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1936 FDR gives FBI authority to pursuit fascists & communists

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1937 Republican offensive near Belchite, Spain
  • 1937 In the Spanish Civil War, the Basque Army surrenders to the Italian Corpo Truppe Volontarie following the Santoña Agreement.
  • 1938 England beat Australia by an innings & 579 runs at The Oval
  • 1938 Virgil Trucks strikes out his 418th batter, highest season total in organized ball-for Andalusia in an Alabama-Florida League game
  • 1939 Germany & USSR sign 10-year non-aggression pact
  • 1940 Luftwaffe bombs London
  • 1942 Sea battle off Eastern Solomon Islands between United States Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy
  • 1942 Transport #23 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1943 Philadelphia A's drop AL record tying 20th game in a row, win the 2nd game
  • 1944 General LeClerc's troops open assault on Paris
  • 1945 Cleveland ace Bob Feller returns from Navy & strike out 12
  • 1949 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) goes into effect
  • 1950 Edith Sampson named 1st African American US delegate to UN
  • 1950 Operation Magic Carpet concludes transporting 45,000 Yemenite Jews
  • 1951 Bill Veeck's "Fans Managers' Night", Browns defeat A's 5-3; Browns coaches hold up placards for fans to vote on

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1954 US President Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1954 International Amateur Athletic Federation recognizes Red China
  • 1954 William Heatherton's "Reluctant Debutante" premieres in London
  • 1956 1st non-stop transcontinental helicopter flight arrived Wash DC
  • 1959 England complete 5-0 series drubbing of India
  • 1959 Hiram L Fong sworn in as 1st Chinese-American senator while Daniel K Inouye sworn in as 1st Japanese-American Rep (Both from Hawaii)
  • 1960 -127°F (-88°C), Vostok, Antarctica (world record)
  • 1960 60 people die when a bus plunges off bridge into Turvo River, Brazil
  • 1961 Windward Islands' Airways International (Winair) forms
  • 1961 Former South African nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa's minister of justice
  • 1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1963 1st 200 metre freestyle swum under 2 minutes (Don Schollander 1:58)
  • 1964 2nd Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 6-4
  • 1966 USSR launches Luna 11 for orbit around Moon
  • 1967 Liberian flag designed
  • 1968 France becomes the world's fifth thermonuclear power with a detonation on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific
  • 1968 Northern Ireland's first civil rights march held; many more marches would be held over the following year and Loyalists organized counter-demonstrations to get the marches banned
  • 1969 Peru nationalizes US oil interests
  • 1970 Bomb kills 1 at U of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison
  • 1971 India beat England by 4 wickets, their win against the Poms
  • 1972 8th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 2-1
  • 1972 Dennis Amiss scores 1st one-day int century, 103 v Australia
  • 1973 John Adams & his drum - become a right-field fixture in Cleve Stadium
  • 1975 Davey Lopes steals his 38th consecutive base, then thrown out stealing
  • 1975 Papadopoulos/Pattakos/Makarezos sentenced to death in Athens
  • 1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies beat Portland 2-0 for NASL cup
  • 1976 Soyuz 21 returns to Earth
  • 1978 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1979 Cars play concert in NY Central Park
  • 1979 UN's Vienna office begins issuing postage stamps
  • 1980 Jozef Pinkovski replaces Poland premier Babiuch
  • 1981 American Charles Chapman is 1st black to swim English Channel
  • 1985 STS 51-I mission scrubbed at T -5m because of bad weather
  • 1987 Announcement of possible Martian tornadoes
  • 1989 British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain
  • 1989 Voyager 2 flies past Neptune
  • 1990 3,500 peacekeepers arrive in Liberia
  • 1990 Iraqi troops surround US & other embassies in Kuwait City

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1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 1991 Silky Stallone, wins the Cane Pace at Yonkers Raceway
  • 1991 Ukraine declares independence from USSR
  • 1992 1st structural steel beams are erected at Gateway (Jacobs Field)
  • 1992 Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida; 35 die
  • 1992 Screw magazine superimposed a gunsight over a picture of Larry Flint
  • 1992 Diplomatic relations are established between the People's Republic of China and South Korea.
  • 1993 Mars Observer comes closest to Mars
  • 1994 Israel & PLO initialed accord giving autonomy to Palestinians in West Bank in education, health, taxation, social welfare & tourism
  • 1995 Fire that wipes 6,000 acres begins in Hamptons on Long Island
  • 1995 Microsoft debuts Windows 95
  • 1997 Gordon Spence discovers 2^2976221 - 1 (36th known Mersenne prime)
  • 1998 The Netherlands is selected as the site for the trial of the two Libyan suspects of the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
  • 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.
  • 2009 Thailand's GDP grew 2.3% in 2009's second quarter, technically leaving the recession

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2011 Tim Cook succeeds Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple Inc., due to Jobs illness

CEO of Apple Tim Cook
CEO of Apple
Tim Cook
Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • 2012 Monsoon rains and floods kill 26 people in Pakistan
  • 2012 Yangmingtan Bridge collapses in China killing three people
  • 2012 Both Apple and Samsung are found guilty of patent infringement in a South Korean court
  • 2012 A US jury in California finds that Samsung is guilty of patent infringement and awards over US$1 billion in damages to Apple
  • 2013 4 people are killed in a helicopter crash in the Shetland Islands
  • 2013 30 people are killed in a gang battle involving flame throwers in Palmasola prison, Bolivia
  • 2014 Nurse William Pooley flies back to the UK for emergency treatment after contracting Ebola virus after attempting to treat patients in Sierra Leone
  • 2015 China stock market's "Black Monday", Shanghai Composite loses 8.5%, sending other international markets lower

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2015 Physicist Stephen Hawking presents a new theory on black holes at a lecture at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking

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2015 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces that for the 1st time 1 billion people logged into Facebook

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • 2016 Astronomers announce discovery of earth-like planet named Proxima b orbiting star Proxima Centauri
  • 2016 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy, north east of Rome, killing 268, injuring 400