On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1990 Iraqi troops surround US & other embassies in Kuwait City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida, making landfall at Elliott Key and later Homestead; 44 die and $25 billion in damage is recorded
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 A US jury in California finds that Samsung is guilty of patent infringement and awards over US$1 billion in damages to Apple meanwhile in a South Korea court both are found guilty of patent infringement
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2018 Scott Morrison becomes Prime Minister of Australia after defeating Peter Dutton in a leadership spill, replacing Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Turnbull
Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison
Prime Minister of Australia
Scott Morrison

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2019 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro orders the army to help contain fires in the Amazon after widespread environmental destruction, wildlife loss and international criticism

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro
  • 2019 Britain's Prince Andrew denies knowing his friend Jeffrey Epstein was involved in sexual trafficking of underage girls after public accusations made against him
  • 2019 US adventurer Victor Vescovo is the first person to visit the deepest point of every ocean when he reaches Molloy Hole, in the Arctic
  • 2020 First documented case of a person being re-infected with COVID-19 a second time, a Hong Kong man four months after first infection
  • 2021 16th Paralympic Games opens in Tokyo, Japan

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2021 Kathy Hochul becomes the first female Governor of New York, replacing Andrew Cuomo after his resignation

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo
  • 2021 UN says Madagascar on brink of world's first "climate change famine" with people suffering "catastrophic" levels of hunger, after four years without rain [1]

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