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Notable Historical Events for August 24th

1831John Henslow asks Charles Darwin to travel with him on HMS Beagle

1962Dodger coach Leo Durocher suffers a near-fatal allergic reaction to a penicillin injection while in the clubhouse at the Polo Grounds

1923Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3 mile (14:11.2)

1908Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

1983Cin Red Pete Rose ends consecutive games played streak at 745

1936FDR gives FBI authority to pursuit fascists & communists

1912NYC ticker tape parade for Jim Thorpe & victorious US Olympians

1997Greg Norman wins World Series of Golf shooting 273

1940Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits & 1 run

1991Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party

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Notable Birthdays on August 24th

1759William Wilberforce, Kingston upon Hull, British politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade

1933Yasser Arafat, Paris France, PLO-leader (Achille Lauro, Nobel 1994)

1899Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina, writer of fiction, essays (Labyrinths)

1988Rupert Grint, Hertfordshire England, English actor (Harry Potter)

1960Cal Ripken, Havre de Grace Maryland, shortstop (Baltimore Orioles, consecutive game streak)

1965Marlee Matlin, Morton Grove Illinois, deaf actress (Children of Lesser God-Acad Award)

1952Mike Shanahan, Oak Park Illinois, American football coach (Denver Broncos)

1902Carlo Gambino, Palermo Sicily, Italian-born American mafioso (Gambino family)

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Notable Weddings on August 24th

1987Actor Patrick Dempsey (21) weds manager Rocky Parker (47)

1970Actor Peter Sellers (44) weds model Miranda Quarry

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Notable Deaths on August 24th

1954Getulio D Vargas, President and dictator of Brazil: 1930-45, 51-54, suicide at 71

1967Henry J. Kaiser, industrialist (Boulder Dam, Liberty ship), dies at 85

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