Events Throughout History

Historical Events for October 24th

  • Year 69 » Second Battle of Bedriacum, forces under Antonius Primus, the commander of the Danube armies, loyal to Vespasian, defeat the forces of Roman Emperor or Emperor Vitellius.
  • Year 1147 » After a siege of 4 months crusader knights led by Afonso I of Portugal known as Afonso Henriques reconquered Lisbon.
  • Year 1260 » The Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France; the cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Year 1260 » Qutuz Saif ad-Din Qutuz, Mamluk Sultanate (Cairo) Mamluk sultan of Egypt, is List of assassinated people assassinated by Baibars, who seizes power for himself.
  • Year 1590 » John White (colonist and artist) known as John White, the governor of the second Roanoke Colony, returns to England after an unsuccessful search for the "lost" colonists.
  • Year 1795 » Partitions of Poland: The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is completely divided among Austria, Prussia, and Russia.
  • Year 1812 » Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets takes place near Moscow.
  • Year 1851 » William Lassell, discovers the moons Umbriel (moon) or Umbriel, and Ariel (moon) called Ariel, orbiting Uranus.
  • Year 1861 » The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States is completed, spelling the end for the 18-month-old Pony Express.
  • Year 1901 » Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls, in a barrel.
  • Year 1911 » Orville Wright, remains in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a Wright Glider, at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
  • Year 1912 » First Balkan War: The Battle of Kumanovo concludes with the Kingdom of Serbia known as Serbian victory.
  • Year 1917 » Battle of Caporetto; Italy suffers a catastrophic defeat by the forces of Austria-Hungary and Germany on the Austria called Austro-Italy or Italian front of World War I (lasts until 19 November - also called Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo).
  • Year 1929 » "Wall Street Crash 1929 known as Black Thursday" stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Year 1931 » The George Washington Bridge opens to public traffic.
  • Year 1943 » The Azad Hind or Provisional Government of Free India formally declared war on Britain and the United States of America.
  • Year 1944 » World War II: The Japanese aircraft carrier 'Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku known as Zuikaku' and the battleship 'Japanese battleship Musashi or Musashi' are sunk by American aircraft in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
  • Year 1945 » Founding of the United Nations.
  • Year 1946 » A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.
  • Year 1947 » Walt Disney testifies before the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be communists.
  • Year 1949 » The cornerstone of the United Nations Headquarters is laid.
  • Year 1954 » Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States support to South Vietnam.
  • Year 1957 » The USAF starts the X-20 Dyna-Soar program.
  • Year 1964 » Northern Rhodesia gains independence from the United Kingdom and becomes the Zambia called Republic of Zambia (Southern Rhodesia remained a colony until the next year, with the Unilateral Declaration of Independence)
  • Year 1973 » Yom Kippur War ends.
  • Year 1977 » Veterans Day (United States) known as 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.)
  • Year 1980 » The government of Poland legalizes the Solidarity (Polish trade union) named Solidarity trade union.
  • Year 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 Hi
  • Year 1990 » Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti reveals to the Italian parliament the existence of Operation Gladio named Gladio, the Italian "stay-behind" clandestine paramilitary NATO army, which was implicated in false flag terrorist attacks implicating commun
  • Year 1992 » The Toronto Blue Jays become the first Major League Baseball team based outside the United States to win the World Series.
  • Year 1998 » Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission
  • Year 2002 » Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, DC.
  • Year 2003 » Concorde makes its last commercial flight.
  • Year 2004 » Arsenal Football Club loses to Manchester United F.C. called Manchester United, ending a row of unbeaten matches at 49 matches, which is the record in the Premier League.
  • Year 2005 » Hurricane Wilma makes landfall in Effects of Hurricane Wilma in Florida called Florida resulting in 35 direct 26 indirect fatalities and causing $20.6B USD in damage.

World History for the Month of October