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24 Oct
1986
Jordanian Nezar Hindawi was sentenced to 45 years' jail by a London court for trying to blow up an Israeli airlinerJordanian Nezar Hindawi was sentenced to 45 years' jail by a London court for trying to blow up an Israeli airliner
31 years ago
24 Oct
1980
The Polish government granted official recognition to a new independent trade union, SolidarityThe Polish government granted official recognition to a new independent trade union, Solidarity
37 years ago
24 Oct
1980
The Canadian parliament supported a motion to ask Britain to make the British North America Act of 1867, Canada's constitution, a purely Canadian documentThe Canadian parliament supported a motion to ask Britain to make the British North America Act of 1867, Canada's constitution, a purely Canadian document
37 years ago
24 Oct
1980
Paul McCartney entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s all-time bestselling songwriterPaul McCartney entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s all-time bestselling songwriter
37 years ago
24 Oct
1964
Northern Rhodesia became independent as the Republic of Zambia with Kenneth Kaunda as presidentNorthern Rhodesia became independent as the Republic of Zambia with Kenneth Kaunda as president
53 years ago
24 Oct
1957
Christian Dior, French fashion designer responsible for the "New Look", diedChristian Dior, French fashion designer responsible for the "New Look", died
60 years ago
24 Oct
1956
A day after the start of the uprising, Soviet tanks appeared on the streets of Budapest and Imre Nagy was appointed prime ministerA day after the start of the uprising, Soviet tanks appeared on the streets of Budapest and Imre Nagy was appointed prime minister
61 years ago
24 Oct
1952
In a speech in Detroit, Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower declared, "I shall go to Korea" as he promised to end the warIn a speech in Detroit, Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower declared, "I shall go to Korea" as he promised to end the war
65 years ago
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24 Oct
1945
The United Nations officially came into existence as its charter, adopted by the San Francisco Conference in June, took effect. Initially there were just 51 members, a figure that…The United Nations officially came into existence as its charter, adopted by the San Francisco Conference in June, took effect. Initially there were just 51 members, a figure that has since almost quadrupled
72 years ago
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24 Oct
1945
Vidkun Quisling, prime minister of Norway during the German occupation, was executed by firing squad in Oslo after being convicted of high treason. His surname became a word to…Vidkun Quisling, prime minister of Norway during the German occupation, was executed by firing squad in Oslo after being convicted of high treason. His surname became a word to mean traitor
72 years ago
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24 Oct
1944
U.S. planes sank the Japanese battleship Musashi during the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf. Over 30 ships were sunk in the three-day battle, including Japan’s last four…U.S. planes sank the Japanese battleship Musashi during the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf. Over 30 ships were sunk in the three-day battle, including Japan’s last four aircraft carriers
73 years ago
24 Oct
1943
Penicillin, hailed as a powerful new wonder drug, was being widely used to treat wounded soldiers during World War IIPenicillin, hailed as a powerful new wonder drug, was being widely used to treat wounded soldiers during World War II
74 years ago
24 Oct
1940
The 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938The 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938
77 years ago
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24 Oct
1939
The first nylon stockings went on sale to employees at the DuPont nylon factory in Wilmington, Delaware, where the stockings were manufactured. Nationwide sales began on May 15,…The first nylon stockings went on sale to employees at the DuPont nylon factory in Wilmington, Delaware, where the stockings were manufactured. Nationwide sales began on May 15, 1940
78 years ago
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24 Oct
1936
Rolling Stone bass guitarist Bill Wyman was born in south London, England. He joined the band soon after its formation in 1962 and contributed to its unique sound with steady…Rolling Stone bass guitarist Bill Wyman was born in south London, England. He joined the band soon after its formation in 1962 and contributed to its unique sound with steady rhythms and funky riffs. He stayed with the band for three decades before leaving to pursue other interests
81 years ago
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24 Oct
1934
The jury in the custody case of "poor little rich girl" Gloria Vanderbilt heard that her mother had neglected the child since birth. The 10-year-old, with a 2.8 million…The jury in the custody case of "poor little rich girl" Gloria Vanderbilt heard that her mother had neglected the child since birth. The 10-year-old, with a 2.8 million dollar trust fund, had lived with her aunt Mrs Harry P. Whitney for many years
83 years ago
24 Oct
1931
The George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, opened to trafficThe George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, opened to traffic
86 years ago
24 Oct
1931
Chicago gangster Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in jail and fined $80,000 for tax evasionChicago gangster Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in jail and fined $80,000 for tax evasion
86 years ago
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24 Oct
1929
The Wall Street Crash began as nearly 13 million shares changed hands in panic selling as prices collapsed on the New York Stock Exchange in what became known as “Black…The Wall Street Crash began as nearly 13 million shares changed hands in panic selling as prices collapsed on the New York Stock Exchange in what became known as “Black Thursday”
88 years ago
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24 Oct
1924
A letter, supposedly from Russian revolutionary Grigory Zinoviev calling on Britons to revolt, was leaked to the British press shortly before a general election. The letter was a…A letter, supposedly from Russian revolutionary Grigory Zinoviev calling on Britons to revolt, was leaked to the British press shortly before a general election. The letter was a fake, but the Tories scored a huge victory over the socialist Labour party
93 years ago
24 Oct
1922
The Irish parliament adopted a constitution for an Irish Free State, which formally came into existence in DecemberThe Irish parliament adopted a constitution for an Irish Free State, which formally came into existence in December
95 years ago
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24 Oct
1917
In World War One, the Battle of Caporetto in Italy (now called Kobarid in Slovenia) began. A pivotal battle, the Italians were routed by Austro-German forces in over three weeks of…In World War One, the Battle of Caporetto in Italy (now called Kobarid in Slovenia) began. A pivotal battle, the Italians were routed by Austro-German forces in over three weeks of fighting
100 years ago
24 Oct
1915
Noted Italian baritone Tito Gobbi was born. He was also a fine actor, and appeared opposite Maria Callas in his most famous role in Puccini's opera "Tosca"Noted Italian baritone Tito Gobbi was born. He was also a fine actor, and appeared opposite Maria Callas in his most famous role in Puccini's opera "Tosca"
102 years ago
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24 Oct
1904
Moss Hart born. U.S. playwright, director and screenwriter who collaborated with George S Kaufman on many successful plays including "The Man Who Came to Dinner" He also…Moss Hart born. U.S. playwright, director and screenwriter who collaborated with George S Kaufman on many successful plays including "The Man Who Came to Dinner" He also wrote the screenplay for many films including "A Star is Born"
113 years ago
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