On This Day

What Happened on October 24, 1911

Historical Events

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

Captain Robert Falcon Scott's expedition leaves Cape Evans for South Pole

Polar Explorer Robert Falcon Scott
Polar Explorer
Robert Falcon Scott

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Famous Birthdays

  • Clarence M. Kelley, American 2nd Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1973-77), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • Nathaniel Wyeth, American chemist and inventor (created PET plastic beverage bottle), born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)
  • Paul GrĂ©goire, French Canadian Archbishop of Montreal, born in Viauville, Montreal, Quebec (d. 1993)
  • Sonny Terry, blind Piedmont blues musician, born in Greensboro, Georgia (d. 1986)
1911 Highlights

About October 24, 1911

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 109 years, 11 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Scorpio