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What happened on October 24? There are more than 276 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About October 24

October 24 is the 297th day of the year 2018. There are 68 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 43rd week of the year 2018.

On this day in Elmira, Oregon 97437 sunrise will occur at 12:40 PM and sunset will occur at 11:14 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Scorpio. The modern birthstone for this month is Opal while the mystical birthstone is Jasper.

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Historical Events For October 24

  • 69
    Second Battle of Bedriacum, forces under Antonius Primus, the commander of the Danube armies, loyal to Vespasian, defeat the forces of Emperor Vitellius.
  • 1147
    After a siege of 4 months crusader knights led by Afonso Henriques reconquered Lisbon.
  • 1260
    Saif ad-Din Qutuz, Mamluk sultan of Egypt, is assassinated by Baibars, 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.
  • 1590
    John White, The governor of the second Roanoke Colony, returns to England after an unsuccessful search for the “lost” colonists.
  • 1648
    The Peace of Westphalia is signed, marking the end of the Thirty Years’ War.
  • 1795
    Partitions of Poland: The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is completely divided among Austria, Prussia, and Russia
  • 1812
    Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets takes place near Moscow.
  • 1851
    William Lassell discovers the moons Umbriel and Ariel (moon) orbiting Uranus.
  • 1857
    Sheffield F.C., the world’s first football club, is founded in Sheffield, England.
  • 1861
    The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States is completed, spelling the end for the 18-month-old Pony Express.
  • 1901
    Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
  • 1911
    Orville Wright remains in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a Wright Glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
  • 1912
    First Balkan War: The Battle of Kumanovo concludes with the Serbian victory.
  • 1917
    Battle of Caporetto; Italy suffers a catastrophic defeat by the forces of Austria-Hungary and Germany on the Austro-Italian front of World War I (lasts until 19 November - also called Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo).
  • 1926
    Harry Houdini’s last performance, which is at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1929
    “Black Thursday” stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • 1930
    A bloodless coup d'état in Brazil ousts Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, the last President of the First Republic. Getúlio Dornelles Vargas is then installed as “provisional president.”
  • 1931
    The George Washington Bridge opens to public traffic.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, and the battleship Musashi are sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
  • 1945
    Founding of the United Nations
  • 1946
    A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.
  • 1947
    Walt Disney testifies before the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be communists.
  • 1949
    The cornerstone of the United Nations Headquarters is laid.
  • 1954
    Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States support to South Vietnam
  • 1957
    The USAF starts the X-20 Dyna-Soar program.
  • 1960
    Nedelin catastrophe: An R-16 ballistic missile explodes on the launch pad at the Soviet Union’s Baikonur Cosmodrome space facility, killing over 100. Among the dead is Field Marshal Mitrofan Nedelin, whose death is reported to have occurred in a plane crash
  • 1964
    Northern Rhodesia gains independence from the United Kingdom and becomes the Republic of Zambia (Southern Rhodesia remained a colony until the next year, with the Unilateral Declaration of Independence)
  • 1973
    Yom Kippur War ends
  • 1977
    Veterans Day is observed on the fourth Monday in October for the seventh and last time. (The holiday is once again observed on November 11 beginning the following year.)
  • 1980
    The government of Poland legalizes Solidarity trade union
  • 1986
    Nezar Hindawi is sentenced to 45 years in prison, the longest sentence handed down by a British court, for the attempted bombing on an El Al flight at Heathrow. After the verdict, the United Kingdom breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, claiming that Hindawi is helped by Syrian officials.
  • 1990
    Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti reveals to the Italian parliament the existence of Gladio, the Italian “stay-behind” clandestine paramilitary NATO army, which was implicated in false flag terrorist attacks implicating communists and anarchists as part of the strategy of tension from the late 1960s to early 1980s.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    Hurricane Wilma makes landfall in Florida resulting in 35 direct 26 indirect fatalities and causing $20.6B USD in damage.
  • 2007
    Chang'e 1, the first satellite in the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, is launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
  • 2008
    “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experience the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.

Who Were Born On October 24?

  • 51
    Titus Flavius Domitianus, Roman Emperor (d. 96)
  • 1378
    David Stewart, Duke of Rothesay, heir to the throne of Scotland (d. 1402)
  • 1561
    Anthony Babington, Leader of the Babington Plot (d. 1586)
  • 1632
    Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch microbiologist (d. 1723)
  • 1675
    Richard Temple, 1st Viscount Cobham, English soldier and politician (d. 1749)
  • 1710
    Alban Butler, English Catholic priest and writer (d. 1773)
  • 1763
    Dorothea von Schlegel, German novelist (d. 1839)
  • 1788
    Sarah Josepha Hale, American poet (d. 1879)
  • 1804
    Wilhelm Eduard Weber, German physicist (d. 1891)
  • 1811
    Ferdinand Hiller, German composer (d. 1885)
  • 1830
    Marianne North, English naturalist and flower painter (d. 1890)
  • 1838
    Annie Edson Taylor, American Adventuress (d. 1921)
  • 1854
    Hendrik Willem Bakhuis Roozeboom, Dutch chemist (d. 1907)
  • 1855
    James S. Sherman, American politician & 27th Vice President of the United States (d. 1912)
  • 1857
    Ned Williamson, American baseball player (d. 1894)
  • 1868
    Alexandra David-Néel, French explorer and writer (d. 1969)
  • 1872
    Peter O'Connor, Irish athlete (d. 1957)
  • 1875
    Konstantin Yuon, Russian painter (d. 1958)
  • 1879
    B. A. Rolfe, American musician known as “The Boy Trumpet Wonder”, bandleader, recording artist, radio personality and film producer (d. 1956)
  • 1882
    Dame Sybil Thorndike, British actress (d. 1976)
  • 1885
    Rachel Katznelson-Shazar, Zionist political figure and widow of Zalman Shazar (d. 1975)
  • 1887
    Octave Lapize, French cyclist (d. 1917)
  • 1887
    Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, Queen of Spain (d. 1969)
  • 1891
    Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina, President of the Dominican Republic (d. 1961)
  • 1894
    Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (d. 1987)
  • 1896
    Jack Warner, English actor (d. 1981)
  • 1901
    Gilda Gray, Polish-born American actress and dancer (d. 1959)
  • 1903
    Melvin Purvis, American FBI agent (d. 1960)
  • 1904
    A.K. Golam Jilani, a Bangladeshi who was a revolutionary of the Indian independence movement. (d. 1932)
  • 1904
    Moss Hart, American dramatist (d. 1961)
  • 1905
    Fran Zwitter, Slovenian historian (d. 1988)
  • 1906
    Alexander Gelfond, Russian mathematician (d. 1968)
  • 1909
    Bill Carr, American athlete (d. 1966)
  • 1911
    Paul Grégoire, French Canadian archbishop of Montreal (d. 1993)
  • 1911
    Sonny Terry, American blues musician (d. 1986)
  • 1913
    Tito Gobbi, Italian baritone (d. 1984)
  • 1915
    Bob Kane, American cartoonist (d. 1998)
  • 1915
    Marghanita Laski, British journalist and novelist (d. 1988)
  • 1915
    Roger Milliken, American millionaire (d. 2010)
  • 1916
    Anne Sharp, Scottish opera singer
  • 1919
    Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical engineer (d. 2008)
  • 1920
    Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, French mathematician (d. 1996)
  • 1921
    R. K. Laxman, Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist
  • 1923
    Denise Levertov, English-born poet (d. 1997)
  • 1923
    Sir Robin Day OBE, British political broadcaster and commentator (d. 2000)
  • 1925
    Bob Azzam, Egyptian singer (d. 2004)
  • 1925
    Luciano Berio, Italian composer (d. 2003)
  • 1925
    Willie Mabon, American R&B singer, songwriter and pianist (d. 1985)
  • 1926
    Rafael Azcona, Spanish screenwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1926
    Y. A. Tittle, American football player
  • 1927
    Gilbert Bécaud, French composer and actor (d. 2001)
  • 1927
    Jean-Claude Pascal, French singer and actor (d. 1992)
  • 1929
    George Crumb, American composer
  • 1929
    Hubert Aquin, French-Canadian novelist and activist (d. 1977)
  • 1929
    Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer (d. 2004)
  • 1930
    J.P. Richardson, The Big Bopper, American singer (d. 1959)
  • 1930
    Johan Galtung, Norwegian peace researcher
  • 1930
    Sultan Ahmad Shah, King of Malaysia
  • 1931
    Sofia Gubaidulina, Russian composer
  • 1932
    Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2007)
  • 1932
    Robert Mundell, Canadian economist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1933
    Norman Rush, American writer
  • 1933
    Reginald “Reggie” Kray, British gangster and murderer (d. 2000)
  • 1933
    Ronald “Ronnie” Kray, British gangster and murderer (d. 1995)
  • 1934
    Glen Glenn, American rockabilly singer
  • 1935
    Malcolm Bilson, American pianist and music professor
  • 1936
    Bill Wyman, English musician (The Rolling Stones)
  • 1936
    David Nelson, American actor and director (d. 2011)
  • 1936
    Jimmy Dawkins, American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist and singer
  • 1937
    Santo Farina, American musician and composer (Santo & Johnny)
  • 1938
    Odean Pope, American jazz tenor saxophonist
  • 1939
    F. Murray Abraham, American actor
  • 1940
    Martin Campbell, New Zealand film director
  • 1941
    William H. Dobelle, American biomedical engineer
  • 1943
    Bill Dundee, American professional wrestler
  • 1943
    Corky Siegel, American musician, singer-songwriter, and composer
  • 1944
    Ray Downs American author and musician
  • 1944
    Ted Templeman, American record producer, member of 1960's group Harper’s Bizarre
  • 1944
    Viktor Prokopenko, Ukrainian footballer and coach (d. 2007)
  • 1945
    Alan Titus, American baritone
  • 1945
    Anthony Christian, English artist
  • 1945
    Duncan Lunan, Scottish astronomer and writer
  • 1945
    Gérald Larose, Quebec labour union executive
  • 1946
    Jerry Edmonton, Canadian drummer (Steppenwolf) (d. 1993)
  • 1947
    Kevin Kline, American actor
  • 1948
    Kweisi Mfume, American politician and activist
  • 1948
    Paul and Barry Ryan, British composer-singers
  • 1949
    Robert Pickton, Canadian serial killer
  • 1950
    Miroslav Sládek, Czech politician
  • 1950
    Rawly Eastwick, American baseball player
  • 1950
    Steven Greenberg, American composer (Lipps Inc.)
  • 1954
    Brad Sherman, American politician
  • 1954
    Doug Davidson, American actor
  • 1954
    Jozef Ráž, Slovak musician
  • 1954
    Malcolm Turnbull, Australian politician
  • 1954
    Mike Rounds, American politician, current governor of South Dakota
  • 1954
    Thomas J. Mulcair, Quebec politician
  • 1955
    Katherine Knight, Australian murderess
  • 1956
    Dale Maharidge, American author
  • 1956
    David Stergakos, Greek-American basketball player
  • 1956
    Jeff Merkley, American politician, junior senator of Oregon
  • 1957
    John Kassir, American actor and comedian
  • 1957
    Ron Gardenhire, German-born American baseball manager
  • 1959
    Anthony Waller, Lebanese film director
  • 1960
    B.D. Wong, American actor
  • 1960
    Dennis Anderson, American monster truck driver (Grave Digger)
  • 1960
    Ian Baker-Finch, Australian golfer
  • 1960
    Jaime Garzón, Colombian journalist and comedian (d. 1999)
  • 1960
    Joachim “Jo” Winkelhock, German race car driver
  • 1961
    Bruce L. Castor, Jr. American politician
  • 1961
    Dave Meltzer, American wrestling journalist
  • 1961
    Mary Bono, American politician
  • 1962
    Dave Blaney, American race car driver
  • 1962
    Jay Novacek, American football player
  • 1963
    John Hendrie, Scottish footballer
  • 1965
    Kyriakos Velopoulos, Greek politician
  • 1966
    Roman Abramovich, Russian oil magnate
  • 1967
    Ian Bishop, West Indian cricketer
  • 1967
    Jacqueline McKenzie, Australian actress
  • 1968
    Mark Walton, American story artist, actor
  • 1968
    Robert Wilonsky, American journalist
  • 1969
    Adela Noriega, Mexican actress
  • 1970
    Jeff Mangum, American musician
  • 1970
    Rob Leslie-Carter, British engineer and project manager
  • 1971
    Caprice Bourret, American model and actress
  • 1971
    Dervla Kirwan, Irish actress
  • 1972
    Kim Ji-soo, South Korean actress
  • 1972
    Pat Williams, American football player
  • 1972
    Scott Peterson, American murderer
  • 1973
    Jackie McNamara, Scottish footballer
  • 1973
    Jeff Wilson, New Zealand rugby player and cricketer
  • 1973
    Laura Veirs American singer-songwriter
  • 1973
    Levi Leipheimer, American cyclist
  • 1973
    Madlib, American musician and rapper
  • 1974
    Corey Dillon, American football player
  • 1974
    Gábor Babos, Hungarian football player
  • 1974
    Jamal Mayers, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1974
    Wilton Guerrero, Dominican baseball player
  • 1975
    Juan Pablo Ángel, Colombian footballer
  • 1976
    Joakim Nätterqvist, Swedish actor
  • 1976
    Matteo Mazzantini, Italian rugby player
  • 1976
    Petar Stoychev, Bulgarian swimmer
  • 1977
    Iván Kaviedes, Ecuadoran footballer
  • 1978
    Carlos Edwards, Trinidadian footballer
  • 1978
    James Hopes, Australian one-day cricketer
  • 1979
    Ben Gillies, Australian musician (Silverchair)
  • 1980
    Casey Wilson, American comic actress (Happy Endings, Saturday Night Live)
  • 1980
    Christian Vander, German footballer
  • 1980
    Matthew Amoah, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1980
    Monica, American singer and actress
  • 1980
    Zac Posen, American fashion designer
  • 1981
    Jemima Rooper, British actress
  • 1981
    Sebastián Bueno, Argentine footballer
  • 1981
    Tila Tequila, American model
  • 1982
    Macay McBride, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Mohamed Fairuz Fauzy, Malaysian racing driver
  • 1983
    Adrienne Bailon, American actress and singer
  • 1983
    Brian Vickers, American race car driver
  • 1983
    Hernán Garin, Argentine footballer
  • 1983
    V V Brown, English singer
  • 1984
    Felicia Chin, Singaporean actress
  • 1984
    Jonas Gustavsson, Swedish hockey player
  • 1984
    Kaela Kimura, Japanese model and singer
  • 1985
    Wayne Rooney, English footballer
  • 1986
    Drake, Canadian actor and rapper
  • 1986
    John Ruddy, English footballer
  • 1987
    Anthony Vanden Borre, Belgian footballer
  • 1987
    Charlie White, American ice dancer
  • 1987
    Lincoln Lewis, Australian actor
  • 1989
    Eliza Taylor-Cotter, Australian actress
  • 1989
    Shenae Grimes, Canadian actress
  • 1994
    Krystal Jung, American-born Korean singer

Who Died On October 24?

  • 996
    King Hugh Capet of France (b. 938)
  • 1260
    Saif ad-Din Qutuz, Mamluk sultan of Egypt
  • 1375
    King Valdemar IV of Denmark (b. c.1320)
  • 1537
    Jane Seymour, consort of Henry VIII of England (b. 1508)
  • 1572
    Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby, English politician (b. c.1508)
  • 1601
    Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer (b. 1546)
  • 1655
    Pierre Gassendi, French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist (b. 1592)
  • 1669
    William Prynne, English Puritan leader (b. 1600)
  • 1672
    John Webb, English architect (b. 1611)
  • 1708
    Kowa Seki, Japanese mathematician
  • 1725
    Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer (b. 1660)
  • 1799
    Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Austrian composer (b. 1739)
  • 1821
    Elias Boudinot, American President of the Continental Congress (b. 1740)
  • 1852
    Daniel Webster, American lawyer and politician (b. 1782)
  • 1875
    Raffaello Carboni, Italian writer (b. 1817)
  • 1898
    Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, French painter (b. 1824)
  • 1912
    Mykola Lysenko, Ukrainian composer (b. 1842)
  • 1915
    Désiré Charnay, French archaeologist (b. 1828)
  • 1922
    George Cadbury, British chocolate and cocoa manufacturer (b. 1839)
  • 1935
    Dutch Schultz, American organized crime figure (b. 1902)
  • 1938
    Ernst Barlach, German sculptor (b. 1870)
  • 1943
    Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, French Canadian poet (b. 1912)
  • 1944
    Louis Renault, French car manufacturer (b. 1877)
  • 1945
    Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian soldier and politician (b. 1887)
  • 1948
    Franz Lehár, Austrian composer (b. 1870)
  • 1958
    George Edward Moore, British philosopher (b. 1873)
  • 1964
    Toni Kinshofer, German mountaineer (b. 1931)
  • 1966
    Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1896)
  • 1971
    Carl Ruggles, American composer (b. 1876)
  • 1971
    Jo Siffert, Swiss racing driver (b. 1936)
  • 1972
    Claire Windsor, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1972
    Jackie Robinson, American baseball player (b. 1919)
  • 1974
    David Oistrakh, Ukrainian violinist (b. 1908)
  • 1975
    Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr., Polish literary historian (b. 1888)
  • 1985
    Maurice Roy, Archbishop of Quebec, (b. 1905)
  • 1985
    Richie Evans, American NASCAR driver (b. 1941)
  • 1989
    Jerzy Kukuczka, Polish mountaineer (b. 1948)
  • 1991
    Gene Roddenberry, American television producer (b. 1921)
  • 1993
    Heinz Kubsch, German footballer (b. 1930)
  • 1994
    Raúl Juliá, Puerto Rican actor (b. 1940)
  • 1994
    Yannis Hotzeas, Greek Marxist theoretician (b. 1930)
  • 1997
    Don Messick, American voice actor (b. 1926)
  • 2001
    Wolf Rüdiger Hess, German neo-Nazi (b. 1937)
  • 2002
    Harry Hay, American activist (b. 1912)
  • 2002
    Herman Gaviria, Colombian football player (b. 1969)
  • 2002
    Winton M. Blount, United States Postmaster General (b. 1921)
  • 2004
    James Aloysius Hickey, American Catholic cardinal and archbishop (b. 1920)
  • 2004
    Randy Dorton, American race car crew member (b. 1954)
  • 2004
    Ricky Hendrick, American race car team owner (b. 1980)
  • 2005
    Immanuel C.Y. Hsu, Chinese intellectual and scholar (b. 1923)
  • 2005
    José Azcona del Hoyo, Honduran statesman (b. 1926)
  • 2005
    Joy Clements, American soprano (b. 1932)
  • 2005
    Mokarrameh Ghanbari, Iranian painter (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    Robert Sloman, British television writer (b. 1926)
  • 2005
    Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist (b. 1913)
  • 2006
    Enolia McMillan, American civil rights activist (b. 1904)
  • 2006
    William Montgomery Watt, Scottish historian and Islamic scholar (b. 1909)
  • 2007
    Alisher Saipov, Kyrgyz journalist (b. 1981)
  • 2007
    Anne Weale, British writer (b. 1929)
  • 2007
    Ian Middleton, New Zealand novelist (b. 1928)
  • 2007
    Petr Eben, Czech organ composer (b. 1929)
  • 2008
    Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
  • 2010
    Joseph Stein, American playwright (b. 1912)
  • 2010
    Lamont Johnson, American television director (b. 1922)


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