On This Day

What Happened on August 24

Important Events

  • 79 Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Roman Pompeii and 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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August 24 in Film & TV

  • 1963 24th Venice Film Festival: "Hands Over the City" directed by Francesco Rosi wins Golden Lion

August 24 in Music

August 24 in Sport

  • 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing becomes the most watched event on TV ever - nearly 5 billion, 70% of world's population

Did You Know?

The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed

On August 24, 1456

Would You Believe?

1st potato chips prepared by chef George Crum at Moon's Lake House, near Saratoga Springs, New York (popular legend says he invented though earlier recipes exist)

On August 24, 1853

Famous Weddings

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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