What Happened on October 24, 1929

Another Panic, Another Market Crash

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 Crumb, American composer (Pulitzer Prize, 1968 - Echoes of Time and the River; Vox Balaenae), and educator, born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 2022) [1]
  • Hubert Aquin, French Canadian novelist, political activist and editor, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1977)
  • Jim Brosnan, American baseball player and writer (Long Season), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer and playwright (The Tied Up Balloon), born in Kalimanitza, Montana region, Bulgaria (d. 2004)

Famous Deaths

  • Moorfield Storey, American lawyer, pacifist, civil rights leader (co-founder of NAACP & president, 1909-29), dies at 84
  • Peter J. Blok, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch People), dies at 74
1929 Highlights

About October 24, 1929

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 93 years, 3 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Scorpio