October 24: Memorable events on this day

On this day, 24 October, 1260 Qutuz, Mamluk Sultans of Egypt (1259-60), was assassinated by a fellow Mamluk leader, Baibars, who seized power for himself. In that same year, the spectacular Cathedral of Chartres was dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France; now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here are a few memorable events on October 24:

  • 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 Schmalkaldic League
  • 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 3rd Partition of Poland, between Austria, Prussia & Russia

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1812 Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets takes place near Moscow.

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
    • 1818 Felix Mendelssohn aged 9 performs his first public concert in Berlin
    • 1836 Earliest American patent for a phosphorus friction match by Alonzo Dwight Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts
    • 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, D.C.)
    • 1861 West Virginia secedes from Virginia
    • 1871 Mob in Los Angeles, California hangs 18 Chinese
    • 1881 Levi P Morton, US ambassador to France drives first rivet in Statue of Liberty
    • 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 billiards champion
  • 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

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

Polar Explorer Robert Scott
Polar Explorer
Robert Scott

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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.

Aviator Orville Wright
Orville Wright
  • 1913 Joe Tinker fired as Cincinnati 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 General Otto von Lossow calls Reichswehr to Berlin to form a dictatorship
  • 1924 Christian General Feng Joe Siang occupies Beijing
  • 1924 Nobel prize for physiology or medicine awarded to Dutchman Willem Einthoven “for his discovery of the mechanism of the electrocardiogram”

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1926 Harry Houdini’s last performance, at the Garrick Theater in Detroit, Michigan

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • 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

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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.”

President and Dictator of Brazil Getulio Vargas
President and Dictator of Brazil
Getulio Vargas
  • 1931 George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey dedicated, opens the next day

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

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone
  • 1932 British government signs trade treaty with USSR

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1933 Langston Hughes’ “Mulatto” premieres in NYC

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
    • 1935 Judge Landis fines umpire George Moriarty, Cubs manager Charlie Grimm & Chicago 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”

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

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 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

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1940 Hitler meets Marshal Pétain

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 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 and cruisers in Sibuya Sea: Musashi sinks
  • 1944 US aircraft carrier Princeton sinks at Philippines
  • 1944 US Captain David Mccampbell shoots down 9-11 Japanese planes in Gulf of Leyte

AgreementUnited Nations Charter

1945 Charter of United Nations comes into effect

Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations
Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations
  • 1945 In 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, launched from Whites Sands US, takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.
  • 1947 Series of forest fires burn over $30 million of timber across the 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
  • 1949 Construction begins on the United Nations headquarters in New York
  • 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

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1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States’ support to South Vietnam

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1954 5th Formula One WDC: Juan Manuel Fangio wins by 16.86 points
  • 1956 AP names Cin manager Birdie Tebbets as NL Manager of the Year
  • 1956 Soviet troops invade Hungary, Imre Nagy becomes PM of Hungary
  • 1956 Margaret Towner becomes first woman to be ordained into the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA)
  • 1957 Cincinnati 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’s 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 performances
  • 1962 Cuban missile crisis: US blockade of Cuba begins

Film release premierFilm Release

1962 “The Manchurian Candidate”, directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, is released

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1963 “110 in the Shade” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 330 performances
  • 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 performances
  • 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 Test Cricket debut of Pakistani cricketers Asif Iqbal, Majid Khan and Khalid Ibadulla vs Australia. Khalid “Billy” Ibadulla scores 166 on debut.
  • 1965 Benjamin Britten’s “Voices for Today” premieres
  • 1965 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Phoenix Thunderbirds Golf Tournament
  • 1965 16th Formula One WDC: Jim Clark wins by 14 points

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1968 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for pot, released on £50 bail

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • 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 “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”

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1970 Marxist Salvador Allende elected President of Chile by the Chilean Congress

Marxist and President of Chile Salvador Allende
Marxist and President of Chile
Salvador Allende
  • 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 New Jersey 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 Sadiq & Mushtaq Mohammad score hundreds in same Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • 1976 27th Formula One WDC: James Hunt wins by one point (this season served as the inspiration for the 2013 film “Rush”)
  • 1976 1st Toronto International Film Festival opens
  • 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

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

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1980 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1980 Iraqi troops occupies Khorramshar

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

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1980 Polish government legalizes independent labor union Solidarity

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

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
  • 1982 “Rock ‘n Roll!: The 1st…” opens at St James Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • 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

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1982 Steffi Graf plays her 1st pro tennis match

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 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

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

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 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 Mururoa atoll
  • 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 performances
  • 1991 Larry Ryckman purchases CFL Calgary Stampeders
  • 1992 Toronto Blue Jays beat Atl Braves, 4 games to 2, in 88th World Series
  • 1992 10th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 10-6
  • 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 on comet and asteroid mission
  • 2002 Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, D.C.
  • 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.

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2004 55th Formula One WDC: Michael Schumacher wins by 34 points

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 2006 Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the “motive clause”, an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act
  • 2006 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Venus flyby
  • 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), 1st European country to require an emergency loan as a result of the financial crisis
  • 2009 First International Day of Climate Action, organized with 350.org, a global campaign to address a claimed global warming crisis.
  • 2009 19th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 20-16 in South Bend (Notre Dame’s first win in the series in nine years)
  • 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
  • 2015 Even results in Argentine Presidential Election between Daniel Scioli and Mauricio Macrieven trigger 1st ever Presidential run off 22 Nov
  • 2016 Suicide bomb kills 61 and injures 117 at a police training academy in Quetta, Pakistan, ISIS claims responsibility