On This Day

What Happened on October 24

Historical Events

  • 1260 Qutuz, Mamluk Sultans of Egypt (1259-60), is assassinated by Baibars, a fellow Mamluk leader, who seizes power for himself
  • 1648 Treaty of Westphalia ends The Thirty Years' War in the Holy Roman Empire; Switzerland's independence recognized
  • 1929 "Black Thursday", start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%
  • 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis: Soviet ships approach but stop short of the US blockade of Cuba
  • 2008 "Bloody Friday" saw many of the world's stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.
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Oct 24 in Film & TV

  • 1962 "The Manchurian Candidate", directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, is released

Oct 24 in Music

  • 1979 Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc as all-time best selling singer-songwriter

Oct 24 in Sport

  • 1857 Recognised by FIFA as oldest existing club still playing football in the world, Sheffield FC is founded in Yorkshire, England; now based in Dronfield, Derbyshire

Did You Know?

Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion

On October 24, 1931

Would You Believe?

Alleged teleportation of Spanish soldier Gil Perez from the Philippines to Mexico

On October 24, 1593

Famous Weddings

  • 1867 US Admiral George Dewey (29) weds daughter of New Hampshire's war governor Susan Goodwin
  • 1957 Singer Bing Cosby marries second wife actress Kathryn Grant
  • 1969 "Love Story" actress Ali MacGraw (30) weds film producer Robert Evans (39)

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