On This Day

What Happened on October 24, 1929

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • "Black Thursday", start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%
  • Belgian princess Marie-Jose & Italian crown prince Umberto get engaged, assassination attempt on Umberto fails
  • Rudy Vallee's "The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour" begins broadcasting on NBC radio

Famous Birthdays

  • George H Crumb, American composer (Pulitzer 1968-Echoes of Time and the River), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Hubert Aquin, French-Canadian novelist and activist (d. 1977)
  • James Brosnan, baseball player/writer (Long Season)
  • Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer (d. 2004)

Famous Deaths

  • Peter J Blok, Dutch historian, dies at 74