Watch memorable events from October 24 through history! From Mt. Vesuvius to the Cuban Missile Crisis, see how October 24 has shaped history.
October 24 is a day that’s full of history! In this video, we’ll review some of the most memorable events that have taken place on October 24 through the years. From the Napoleonic Wars to Harry Houdini’s last performance, see how October 24 has shaped history!
79 Mt. Vesuvius erupts, burying the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae and killing thousands. New research in 2018 suggests the eruption occurred at about this date, not the previously used 24 August.
1812 Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets takes place near Moscow, French army then forced to retreat through the snow towards Smolensk
1836 Earliest American patent for a phosphorus friction
1861 First US transcontinental telegram is sent (from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.)
1861 West Virginia secedes from Virginia
1881 Levi P Morton, US ambassador to France drives first rivet in Statue of Liberty
1901 First woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor)
1908 Billy Murray hits the charts with “Take Me Outto the Ball Game”
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.
1926 Harry Houdini’s last performance, at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan
1929 “Black Thursday”, start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%
1931 Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion
1938 US forbids child labor in factories
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
1945 Charter of United Nations comes into effect
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.
1948 Bernard Baruch introduces the term “Cold War”
1949 Construction begins on the United Nations headquarters in New York
1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States’ support to South Vietnam
1956 Margaret Towner becomes first woman to be ordained into the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA)
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis: Soviet ships approach but stop short of the US blockade of Cuba
1973 John Lennon sues US government to admit FBI is tapping his phone, they deny doing so
1989 American televangelist Jim Bakker is sentenced to 45 years in prison for fraud but the sentence is later reduced to eight years on appeal
1997 Marv Albert sentenced in assault case
2003 Concorde makes its last commercial flight
2017 Albert Einstein’s “Theory of Happiness”, written as a note for a bellboy instead of a tip in Tokyo in 1922 sells for $1.56 million
2022 US Mint issues first US currency featuring an Asian-American – silent film actress Anna May Wong; coin is part of American Women Quarters Program celebrates female trailblazers