On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1984 Intelsat 5 re-enters Earth's atmosphere 5 months after it failed
  • 1986 Great Britain drops diplomatic relations with Syria
  • 1987 Bork's supreme court nomination rejected by senate
  • 1988 Typhoon Ruby sinks Philippine ferry; hundreds drown
  • 1989 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1989 American televangelist Jim Bakker is sentenced to 45 years in prison for fraud but the sentence is later reduced to eight years on appeal
  • 1990 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1994 Bomb attack on opposition in Sri Lanka, 55+ killed
  • 1995 Total solar eclipse in SW/S Asia (2m09s)
  • 1997 Marv Albert sentenced in assault case
  • 1998 Launch of Deep Space 1 on comet and asteroid mission
  • 2002 Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, D.C.
  • 2003 Concorde makes its last commercial flight
  • 2006 Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the "motive clause", an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act
  • 2006 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Venus flyby
  • 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.

  • 2008 Iceland receives a £1.3 billion bailout package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), 1st European country to require an emergency loan as a result of the financial crisis
  • 2009 First International Day of Climate Action, organized with 350.org, a global campaign to address a claimed global warming crisis.
  • 2012 Libyan militias capture Bani Walid resulting in 130 civilian deaths
  • 2012 3 people are shot dead and two critically wounded after being shot by an unknown gunman in Downey, California
  • 2012 Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in Jamaica killing 1 person and causing over $50 million in damage
  • 2015 Even results in Argentine Presidential Election between Daniel Scioli and Mauricio Macrieven trigger 1st ever Presidential run off 22 Nov
  • 2016 Suicide bomb kills 61 and injures 117 at a police training academy in Quetta, Pakistan, ISIS claims responsibility
  • 2017 Dog doping scandal confirmed by officials of Iditarod, Alaskan dog sled race after dogs test positive for a banned substance

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2017 Crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman vows to return Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam after announcing 500bn independent economic zone

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman

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2017 Albert Einstein's "Theory of Happiness", written as a note for a bellboy instead of a tip in Tokyo in 1922 sells for $1.56 million

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 2018 Largest jackpot in US history at $1.6 billion won by one person in South Carolina
  • 2018 Scientists confirm East Island in Hawaii, half a mile long, has been wiped out after contact with Hurricane Walaka
  • 2018 EU directive bans single-use plastics by 2021
  • 2019 Bangladesh sentences 16 men to death for the murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who was set on fire after accusing a teacher of inappropriate behavior

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2019 Remains of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco removed from mausoleum in Valley of the Fallen and reburied in private family vault in Madrid

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco

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