On This Day in History for August 24 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 143 of 143

  • 1979 UN's Vienna office begins issuing postage stamps
  • 1980 Jozef Pinkovski replaces Poland premier Babiuch
  • 1981 American Charles Chapman is 1st black to swim English Channel
  • 1985 STS 51-I mission scrubbed at T -5m because of bad weather
  • 1987 Announcement of possible Martian tornadoes
  • 1989 British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain
  • 1989 Voyager 2 flies past Neptune
  • 1990 3,500 peacekeepers arrive in Liberia
  • 1990 Iraqi troops surround US & other embassies in Kuwait City

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1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 1991 Silky Stallone, wins the Cane Pace at Yonkers Raceway
  • 1991 Ukraine declares independence from USSR
  • 1992 1st structural steel beams are erected at Gateway (Jacobs Field)
  • 1992 Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida; 35 die
  • 1992 Screw magazine superimposed a gunsight over a picture of Larry Flint
  • 1992 Diplomatic relations are established between the People's Republic of China and South Korea.
  • 1993 Mars Observer comes closest to Mars
  • 1994 Israel & PLO initialed accord giving autonomy to Palestinians in West Bank in education, health, taxation, social welfare & tourism
  • 1995 Fire that wipes 6,000 acres begins in Hamptons on Long Island
  • 1995 Microsoft debuts Windows 95
  • 1997 Gordon Spence discovers 2^2976221 - 1 (36th known Mersenne prime)
  • 1998 The Netherlands is selected as the site for the trial of the two Libyan suspects of the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
  • 1998 First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
  • 2000 Argon fluorohydride, the first Argon compound ever known, is discovered at the University of Helsinki by Finnish scientists.
  • 2001 Air Transat Flight 236 runs out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean (en route to Lisbon from Toronto) and makes an emergency landing in the Azores.
  • 2004 89 passengers die after two airliners explode after flying out of Domodedovo International Airport, near Moscow. The explosions were caused by suicide bombers (reportedly female) from the Russian Republic of Chechnya.
  • 2006 The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet.
  • 2009 Thailand's GDP grew 2.3% in 2009's second quarter, technically leaving the recession
  • 2009 "Love Like Crazy" single released by Lee Brice (Billboard Song of the Year 2010)

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2011 Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple Inc., and is succeeded by Tim Cook, as a result of his illness

CEO of Apple Tim Cook
CEO of Apple
Tim Cook
Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • 2012 Monsoon rains and floods kill 26 people in Pakistan
  • 2012 Yangmingtan Bridge collapses in China killing three people
  • 2012 Both Apple and Samsung are found guilty of patent infringement in a South Korean court
  • 2012 A US jury in California finds that Samsung is guilty of patent infringement and awards over US$1 billion in damages to Apple
  • 2013 4 people are killed in a helicopter crash in the Shetland Islands
  • 2013 30 people are killed in a gang battle involving flame throwers in Palmasola prison, Bolivia
  • 2014 Nurse William Pooley flies back to the UK for emergency treatment after contracting Ebola virus after attempting to treat patients in Sierra Leone
  • 2015 China stock market's "Black Monday", Shanghai Composite loses 8.5%, sending other international markets lower

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2015 Physicist Stephen Hawking presents a new theory on black holes at a lecture at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking

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2015 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces that for the 1st time 1 billion people logged into Facebook

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • 2016 Astronomers announce discovery of earth-like planet named Proxima b orbiting star Proxima Centauri
  • 2016 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy, north east of Rome, killing 268, injuring 400
  • 2017 Largest-ever lottery jackpot win in the US - $758.7m won by Mavis Wanczyk of Massachusetts in US Powerball Jackpot

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