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    • Today In History: Events in October 24

      • 2016
        A French surveillance aircraft flying to Libya crashes on takeoff in Malta, killing all five people on board.
      • 2015
        A driver crashes into the Oklahoma State Homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring 34.
      • 2014
        The China National Space Administration launches an experimental lunar mission, Chang'e 5-T1, which will loop behind the Moon and return to Earth.
      • 2008
        "Bloody Friday" saw many of the world's stock exchanges experience the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.
      • 2007
        Chang'e 1, the first satellite in the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, is launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
      • 2005
        Hurricane Wilma makes landfall in Florida, resulting in 35 direct and 26 indirect fatalities and causing $20.6B USD in damage.
      • 2004
        Arsenal Football Club loses to Manchester United, ending a row of unbeaten matches at 49 matches, which is the record in the Premier League.
      • 2003
        Concorde makes its last commercial flight.
      • 2002
        Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, D.C.
      • 1998
        Deep Space 1 is launched to explore the asteroid belt and test new spacecraft technologies.
      • 1992
        The Toronto Blue Jays become the first Major League Baseball team based outside the United States to win the World Series.
      • 1990
        Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti reveals to the Italian parliament the existence of Gladio, the Italian NATO force formed in 1956, intended to be activated in the event of a Warsaw Pact invasion.
      • 1986
        Nezar Hindawi is sentenced to 45 years in prison, the longest sentence handed down by a British court, for the attempted bombing of an El Al flight at Heathrow Airport.
      • 1980
        The government of Poland legalizes the Solidarity trade union.
      • 1975
        In Iceland, 90% of women take part in a national strike, refusing to work in protest of gender inequality.
      • 1964
        Northern Rhodesia gains independence from the United Kingdom and becomes Zambia.
      • 1963
        An oxygen leak from an R-9 Desna missile at the Baikonur Cosmodrome triggers a fire that kills seven people.
      • 1960
        A ballistic missile explodes on the launch pad in the Soviet Union, killing over 100 people.
      • 1957
        The United States Air Force starts the X-20 Dyna-Soar manned space program.
      • 1956
        At the request of the Stalinist regime of Ernő Gerő, a massive Soviet force invades Budapest during the Hungarian Revolution. Imre Nagy is reinstalled as Prime Minister.
      • 1954
        President Eisenhower pledges United States support to South Vietnam.
      • 1949
        The cornerstone of the United Nations Headquarters is laid.
      • 1947
        Famed animator Walt Disney testifies before the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be communists.
      • 1946
        A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.
      • 1945
        The United Nations Charter comes into effect.
      • 1944
        World War II: Japan's center force is temporarily repulsed in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
      • 1931
        The George Washington Bridge opens to public traffic over the Hudson River.
      • 1930
        A bloodless coup d'état in Brazil ends the First Republic, replacing it with the Vargas Era.
      • 1929
        "Black Thursday" on the New York Stock Exchange.
      • 1926
        Harry Houdini's last performance takes place at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit.
      • 1917
        First World War: Italy suffers a disastrous defeat on the Austro-Italian front.
      • 1912
        First Balkan War: The Battle of Kumanovo concludes with the Serbian victory against the Ottoman Empire.
      • 1912
        First Balkan War: The Battle of Kirk Kilisse concludes with a Bulgarian victory against the Ottoman Empire.
      • 1911
        Orville Wright remains in the air nine minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
      • 1902
        Guatemala's Santa María Volcano begins to erupt, becoming the third-largest eruption of the 20th century.
      • 1901
        Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
      • 1889
        Henry Parkes delivers the Tenterfield Oration, effectively starting the federation process in Australia.
      • 1871
        An estimated 17 to 20 Chinese immigrants are lynched in Los Angeles, California.
      • 1861
        The first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States is completed.
      • 1857
        Sheffield F.C., the world's oldest association football club still in operation, is founded in England.
      • 1851
        William Lassell discovers the moons Umbriel and Ariel orbiting Uranus.
      • 1812
        Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets takes place near Moscow.
      • 1795
        Poland is completely consumed by Russia, Prussia and Austria.
      • 1648
        The Peace of Westphalia is signed, marking the end of the Thirty Years' War.
      • 1641
        Felim O'Neill of Kinard, the leader of the Irish Rebellion, issues his Proclamation of Dungannon, justifying the uprising and declaring continued loyalty to Charles I.
      • 1590
        John White, the governor of the second Roanoke Colony, returns to England after an unsuccessful search for the "lost" colonists.
      • 1360
        The Treaty of Brétigny is ratified, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years' War.
      • 1260
        Chartres Cathedral is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France.
      • 69
        AD 69 – In the Second Battle of Bedriacum, troops loyal to Vespasian defeat those of Emperor Vitellius.

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