Date History - On this day in history

What happened today in history

Born on this day - August 24th

1974 - Jennifer Lien, American actress

1968 - Andreas Kisser, Brazilian guitarist (Sepultura)

1963 - Hideo Kojima, Japanese video game director

1958 - Steve Guttenberg, American actor

1947 - Paulo Coelho, Brazilian author

1938 - Halldór Blöndal, Icelandic politician

1927 - Harry Markowitz, American economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner

1904 - Alice White, American film actress (d. 1983)

1890 - Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaiian swimmer and surfer (d. 1968)

1863 - Dragutin Lerman, Croatian explorer (d. 1918)

1772 - King William I of the Netherlands (1814-1840)

1580 - John Taylor, English poet (d. 1654)

1113 - Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (b. 1113)

Died on this day - August 24th

2004 - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (b. 1926)

1991 - Bernard Castro, Italian inventor (b. 1904)

1975 - Eamon de Valera, President of Ireland (b. 1882)

1946 - James Clark McReynolds, U.S. Supreme Court justice (b. 1862)

1832 - Nicolas Leonard Sadi Carnot, French mathematician (b. 1796)

1680 - Thomas Blood, Irish-born thief of the British crown jewels (b. 1618)

1572 - Victims of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre:

1042 - Michael V, Byzantine Emperor) (b. 1015)

Events on this day - August 24th

2001 - Air Transat Flight 236 runs out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean (en route to Lisbon from New York) and makes an emergency landing in the Azores.

1991 - Ukraine declares itself independent from the Soviet Union.

1989 - Colombian drug barons declare "total war" on the Colombian government.

1968 - France explodes its first hydrogen bomb, thus becoming the world's fifth nuclear power.

1954 - Getúlio Dornelles Vargas, president of Brazil, commits suicide and is succeeded by João Cafe Filho.

1936 - The Australian Antarctic Territory is created.

1929 - Riots in Palestine of 1929: 18 Jews in Safed, 67 in Hebron, and 22 in Jerusalem killed by Arab Palestinians

1858 - In Richmond, Virginia, 90 blacks are arrested for learning.

1821 - The Treaty of Córdoba is signed in Córdoba, now in Veracruz, Mexico, concluding the Mexican War of Independence from Spain.

1662 - Act of Uniformity requires England to accept the Book of Common Prayer.

1456 - The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.



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