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24 October

69 – Roman Empire – Second Battle of Bedriacum. http://legionarybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/the-second-battle-of-bedriacum-how.html#!/2015/05/the-second-battle-of-bedriacum-how.html

1260 – France – Dedication of Cathedral of Chartres. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chartres_Cathedral

1648 – Westphalia – Peace of Westphalia received final signatures (Eighty Years’ War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_of_Westphalia

1690 – Canada – Battle of Quebec ended (King William’s War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Quebec_(1690)

1812 – Russia – Battle of Maloyaroslavets (French Invasion of Russia). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Maloyaroslavets

1857 – UK – First Football club, founded in Sheffield. http://www.sheffieldfc.com/history

1861 – USA – First Transcontinental Telegraph line completed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Telegraph


1861 – USA – Pony Express ceased operations. https://youtu.be/3vrzi-BEjWs http://ponyexpress.org/pony-express-historical-timeline/


1901 – USA – Annie Edson Taylor became first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. https://youtu.be/0Qtb_8v-orY http://www.legacy.com/news/celebrity-deaths/article/annie-edson-taylor-heroine-of-niagara-falls

1912 – Ottoman Empire – Battle of Kirk Kilisse (First Balken War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kirk_Kilisse

1912 – Ottoman Empire – Battle of Kumanovo ended (First Balkan War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kumanovo

1917 – Italy – Battle of Caporetto began (WWI). http://www.firstworldwar.com/battles/caporetto.htm

1926 – USA – Harry Houdini’s last performance. http://dsgr.org/blog/?p=77


1931 – USA – George Washington Bridge opened. https://youtu.be/HvrCorPRQ5E http://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/gwb-history.html

1943 – USA – US Navy plane crashed at Alameda NAS, CA, 4 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19431024-1


1944 – Taiwan – USS Tang sunk by own torpedo (WWII). https://youtu.be/nvznYp0TBVQ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Tang_(SS-306)

1945 – United Nations Founded. http://www.un.org/en/aboutun/history/

1945 – Argentina, Belarus, Brazil,

Chile, China, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Haiti, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Lebanon, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, &  USA – Joined the United Nations. http://www.un.org/en/members/index.shtml

1947 – USA – United Air Lines Flight 608 crashed near Bryce Canyon Airport, UT, 52 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19471024-0

1948 – Israel – Israeli Air Force plane crashed at Ekron-Tel Nof AB, 5 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19481024-0

1948 – Mexico – Transandina Ecuador plane crashed near Cozumel, 8 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19481024-1

1948 – USA – USAF plane crashed at Rantoul-Chanute AFB, IL, 3 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19481024-2

1954 – Italy – USAF plane crashed near Limone Piemonte, Cuneo, 21 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19541024-0

1956 – Nicaragua – Earthquake measuring 7.3Mw, epicentre west of Masachapa. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1956_Nicaragua_earthquake


1960 – USSR – Explosion at Baikonur Cosmodrome. https://youtu.be/bpX6HHBdEwo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nedelin_catastrophe

1964 – Japan – XVIII Summer Olympic Games Closing Ceremony in Tokyo. http://www.olympic.org/tokyo-1964-summer-olympics

1964 – Zambia – Independence from UK. http://www.sahistory.org.za/dated-event/zambia-gains-independence-britain

1975 – Iceland – National Strike by 90% of women. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34602822

1988 – South Korea – Paralympic VIII Summer Games Closing Ceremony in Seoul. http://www.paralympic.org/seoul-1988


1998 – USA – Deep Space 1 launched. https://youtu.be/pe2zhv2cHEk http://nmp.jpl.nasa.gov/ds1/

2002 – Democratic Republic of the Congo – Earthquake measuring 6.2Mw, epicentre near Lake Kivu, 2 killed.


2002 – USA – Beltway Sniper Attacks ended. https://youtu.be/pNvGVRJx8UY WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltway_sniper_attacks

2005 – USA – Hurricane Wilma made landfall in Florida, 61 killed. http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/hurricane/additional/science-focus/HurricaneWilma2005.shtml

2007 – China – Chang’e 1 satellite launched. http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=2007-051A

2015 – USA – Oklahoma State University Homecoming Parade Crash, 4 killed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Oklahoma_State_University_homecoming_parade_crash