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Notable Historical Events for August 24th

19321st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart

1991Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party

1682Duke James of York gives Delaware to William Penn

192943rd US Women's Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Phoebe H Watson (6-4 6-2)

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

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

1984Pat Bradley set LPGA record for 9 holes with a 28 at Denver

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

1972Gordie Howe & Jean Beliveau inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame

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

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Notable Birthdays on August 24th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on August 24th

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

1899Businessman James Cash Penney (24) weds Bertha Alva Hess

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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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