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Notable Historical Events on October 24th

1981Pablo Picasso's 1937 painting Guernica goes on display in Madrid Spain to celebrate the centenary of the artist's birth

1931Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion

1940Hitler meets Marshal Pétain

1911Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.

1933Langston Hughes' "Mulatto" premieres in NYC

1911Captain Robert Falcon Scott's expedition leaves Cape Evans for South Pole

1882Robert Koch discovers germ that causes tuberculosis

1926Harry Houdini's last performance, which was at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.

1988NY Islander's & NHL high scorer, Mike Bossy retires

1980John Lennon releases "(Just Like) Starting Over" in UK

1939Joe DiMaggio wins AL MVP, Jimmie Foxx is runner-up

1979Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc

October 24th Historical Events
Date Event
1260
Saif ad-Din Qutuz, third Mamluk sultan of Egypt, is assassinated by Baibars, by a fellow Mamluk leader, who seizes power for himself. 
1260
The spectacular Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France; the cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
1360
The Treaty of Brétigny is ratified at Calais, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years' War. 
1492
24 Jews are burned at the stake in Mecklenburg, Germany 
1531
Bavaria joins Schmalkaldische Union 
1593
Alleged teleportation of Spanish soldier Gil Perez from the Philippines to Mexico 
1596
-26] Battle at Kerestes: Ottoman beat Austria-Hungary & Germany 
1648
Treaty of Westphalia ends The Thirty Year's War in the Holy Roman Empire; Switzerland's independence recognized 
1656
Treaty of Vilnius: Russia & Poland sign anti-Swedish covenant 
1681
Earl of Shaftesbury accused of high treason in London 
1795
Third partition of Poland, between Austria, Prussia & Russia 
1812
Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets takes place near Moscow. 
1818
Felix Mendelssohn, 9, performs his first public concert (Berlin) 
1836
A Phillips patents match 
1851
William Lassell discovers Ariel & Umbriel, satellites of Uranus 
1856
Constitution of South Australia adopted 
1857
World's first soccer club, Sheffield F C, founded in Yorkshire, England 
1861
First US transcontinental telegram is sent (from San Francisco to Washington DC) 
1861
West Virginia seceded from Virginia 
1871
Mob in Los Angeles hangs 18 Chinese 
1881
Levi P Morton, US ambasador to France drives first rivet in Statue of Liberty 
1882
Robert Koch discovers germ that causes tuberculosis 
1885
Johann Strauss' operetta "Zigeunerbaron (Gypsy Baron)" premieres in Vienna 
1889
Softball rules adopted by Mid Winter Indoor Baseball League 
1899
Battle at Rietfontein, South Africa: Boers vs British army 
1900
General Redvers Buller returns to England 
1901
First woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor) 
1903
First trotter to run a mile under 2 minutes (Lou Dillon 1:58.1) 
1903
George Sutton becomes billards champion 
1904
First New York subway opens 
1908
Billy Murray hits the charts with "Take Me Outto the Ball Game" 
1909
Italy and Russia sign the Racconigi Pact in which both nations promise to support the status quo in the Balkans 
1911
Captain Robert Falcon Scott's expedition leaves Cape Evans for South Pole 
1911
Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years. 
1913
Joe Tinker fired as Cin Reds manager 
1916
Moroccan troops capture Ft Douaumont 
1917
Battle at Caporetto: German & Austria smash Italian army 
1922
German parliament mandates Ebert president until July 1925 
1922
Irish Parliament adopts a constitution for an Irish Free State 
1923
Gen Otto von Lossow calls Reichswehr to Berlin to form a dictatorship 
1924
Christian Gen Feng Joe Siang occupies Beijing 
1924
Nobel prize for physiology/medicine awarded to W Einthoven 
1926
Harry Houdini's last performance, which was at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. 
1929
"Black Thursday", start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8% 
1929
Rudy Vallee's "The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour" begins broadcasting on NBC radio 
1929
Belgian princess Marie-Jose & Italian crown prince Umberto get engaged, assassination attempt on Umberto fails 
1930
A bloodless coup d'état in Brazil ousts Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, the last President of the First Republic. Getúlio Vargas then installed as "provisional president." 
1931
George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey dedicated, opens the next day 
1931
Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion 
1932
British government signs trade treaty with USSR 
1933
Langston Hughes' "Mulatto" premieres in NYC 
1935
Italy invades Ethiopia [10/2] 
1935
Judge Landis fines ump George Moriarty, Cubs mgr Charlie Grimm & Chic players W English, B Jurges & B Herman for actions in World Series 
1938
US forbids child labor in factories 
1939
Benny Goodman records "Let's Dance" 
1939
Joe DiMaggio wins AL MVP, Jimmie Foxx is runner-up 
1939
Nazi require wearing of Star of David by Jews 
1939
Nylon stockings go on sale for first time (Wilmington, Delaware) 
1940
US Fair Labor Standards of 1938 comes into effect - minimum wage, 44 hr week 
1940
Hitler meets Marshal Pétain 
1940
Japan eliminates US terms (strike, play ball) from baseball 
1940
Protestant churches protest against dismissal of Jew civil servants 
1942
Second day of battle at El Alamein: British infantry 
1943
Anti-nazi Clandestine Radio Soldatsender Calais begins transmitting 
1944
Rotterdam Passage fight frees 46 prisoners 
1944
US air raid on Japanese battleships/cruisers in Sibuya Sea: Musashi sinks 
1944
US aircraft carrier Princeton sinks at Philippines 
1944
US capt David Mccampbell shoots down 9-11 Jap planes in Gulf of Leyte 
1945
Charter of United Nations comes into effect 
1945
France (PC/PS/MRP win parliamentary election (25/24/23%) 
1946
Netherlands & Indonesia sign cease fire 
1946
A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket takes the first photograph of earth from outer space. 
1947
Series of forest fires $30 million of timber (New England States) 
1948
Bernard M Baruch introduces term "Cold War" 
1948
Francis Poulenc's "Sinfonietta" premieres 
1948
Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical In Multiplicibus Curis 
1948
WJBK TV channel 2 in Detroit, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1951
Jan de Hartog's "Four Poster" premieres in NYC 
1951
United Nations publishes its first postage stamps 
1952
Arab Liberation Movement becomes only political party in Syria 
1953
KOOL (now KTSP) TV channel 10 in Phoenix, AZ (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1954
Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States support to South Vietnam 
1956
Margaret Towner becomes first woman to be ordained into the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) 
1956
AP names Cin manager Birdie Tebbets as NL Manager of the Year 
1956
Soviet troops invade Hungary, Imre Nagy becomes PM of Hungary 
1957
Cin Redlegs decline to move to Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City 
1957
The USAF starts the X-20 Dyna-Soar program. 
1958
USSR lends Egypt 400 million rubles to build Aswan Dam 
1959
US premier of D Sjostakovitch's 1st Cello concert 
1960
Disaster on USSR (Baikonoer) launch pad, kills missile expert Nedelin & team (165 die-unconfirmed); USSR claims killed in plane crash 
1961
"Evening with Yves Montand" opens at John Golden NYC for 55 perfs 
1962
Cuban missile crisis: US blockade of Cuba begins 
1963
"110 in the Shade" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 330 perfs 
1963
KRO shows first episode of Bonanza 
1963
Sandy Koufax is unanimous winner of Cy Young Award 
1964
"Cambridge Circus" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 23 perfs 
1964
18th Olympic games close at Tokyo, Japan 
1964
Belgian paratroops liberate 1,000 white hostages in Stanleyville 
1964
Dr Kenneth David Kaunda becomes president of Zambia 
1964
Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) gains independence from Britain (National Day) 
1964
Khalid "Billy" Ibadulla scores 166 on Cricket debut v Australia 
1964
Test Cricket debut of Asif Iqbal, Majid Khan & Khalid Ibadulla v Aust 
1965
Benjamin Britten's "Voices for Today" premieres 
1965
Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Phoenix Thunderbirds Golf Tournament 
1968
Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for pot, released on £50 bail 
1968
The People's Democracy (PD) stage a protest demonstration at Stormont Parliament buildings, Belfast, Northern Ireland 
1969
Hanif, Mushtaq & Sadiq Mohammad start their only Test Cricket together 
1970
Nancy Walker creates Ida Morgenstein role on Mary Tyler Moore Show 
1970
Salvador Allende Gossens elected president of Chile 
1971
Harry Drake sets longest arrow flight by a footbow (1 mile 268 yds) 
1971
Texas Stadium opens-Cowboys beat Patriots 44-21 
1971
President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O'Brady, then (SF), address a SF Ard Fheis in Dublin, claiming that the North of Ireland must be made ungovernable as first step in achieving a united Ireland 
1971
A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) is shot dead by undercover Royal Ulster Constabulary officers during a bomb attack in Belfast 
1972
2 Catholic men are found dead at a farm at Aughinahinch, near Newtownbbutler, County Fermanagh - British soldiers carry out the killings 
1973
Heavy fog causes 65 car collision killing 9 on NJ Turnpike 
1973
John Lennon sues US government to admit FBI is tapping his phone 
1973
Yom Kippur War ends, Israel 65 miles from Cairo, 26 from Damascus 
1974
Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Texas Rangers) 
1975
Turkish diplomat shot dead in Paris 
1976
1st Jewish film & TV festival 
1976
6th NYC Women's Marathon won by Miki Gorman in 2:39:11 
1976
7th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:10:10 
1976
Hua Guofeng succeeds Mao as China's party leader 
1976
Sadiq & Mushtaq Mohammad score tons in same Test Cricket innings v NZ 
1978
Keith Richards convicted of heroin possession in Toronto 
1978
NHL Toronto Maple Leafs set own team record of 28 pts vs NY Islanders 
1979
Billy Martin punches a marshmallow salesman, puts job in jeopardy 
1979
Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc 
1980
Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1980
Iraqi troops occupies Khorramshar 
1980
John Lennon releases "(Just Like) Starting Over" in UK 
1980
Polish government legalizes independent labor union Solidarity 
1981
Pablo Picasso's 1937 painting Guernica goes on display in Madrid Spain to celebrate the centenary of the artist's birth 
1982
"Rock 'n Roll!: The 1st..." opens at St James Theater NYC for 9 perfs 
1982
12th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:14 
1982
13th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:09:29 
1982
Steffi Graf plays her 1st pro tennis match 
1984
11 members of Colombo crime family arrested 
1984
Intelsat 5 re-enters Earth's atmosphere 5 months after it failed 
1986
Dodgers' Bill Russell, 38, announces his retirement 
1986
Great Britain drops diplomatic relations with Syria 
1987
Bork's supreme court nomination rejected by senate 
1987
NBC technicians accept pact, end 118 day strike 
1988
NY Islander's & NHL high scorer, Mike Bossy retires 
1988
Traveling Wilburys Volume One is released 
1988
Typhoon Ruby sinks Philippine ferry; hundreds drown 
1989
After a weeks delay due to earthquake, World Series game 3 is played 
1989
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
1989
Rev Jim Bakker is sentenced to 50 years for fraud 
1990
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
1991
"Dancing at Lughnasa" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 421 perfs 
1991
Larry Ryckman purchases CFL Calgary Stampeders 
1992
Toronto Blue Jays beat Atl Braves, 4 games to 2, in 88th World Series 
1993
"Wonderful Tennessee" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 9 performances 
1994
Bomb attack on opposition in Sri Lanka, 55+ killed 
1995
Total solar eclipse in SW/S Asia (2m09s) 
1996
Hasan Raza makes Test Cricket debut for Pakistan age 14 yrs 238 days 
1996
Last game at Atlanta County Fulton Stadium. Yanks win record 8th straight road post season win (with no loses) 
1997
Marv Albert sentenced in assault case 
1998
Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission 
2002
Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, DC. 
2003
Concorde makes its last commercial flight. 
2004
10 people, including 4 family members of Rick Hendrick, are killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway. The plane was owned by NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports. 
2006
Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the "motive clause", an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act. 
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) as the first European country to require an emergency loan with the aim of stabilising the collapsed currency and strengthening the tax system as well as the nationalised banks 
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 
2013
St Louis Cardinals defeat Boston Red Sox to tie the MLB 2013 World Series 1-1 
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