Today is my birthday. Here is a list of other events that have happened on August 24th.
0079 – Mount Vesuvius erupted killing approximately 20,000 people. The cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum were buried in volcanic ash.
0410 – The Visigoths overran Rome. This event symbolized the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.
1572 – The Catholics began their slaughter of the French Protestants in Paris. The killings claimed about 70,000 people.
1680 – Colonel Thomas Blood died. He was the Irish adventurer that had stolen the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London in 1671.
1814 – Washington, DC, was invaded by British forces that set fire to the White House and Capitol.
1853 – The first convention of the American Pharmaceutical Association was held.
1867 – Johns Hopkins died. The railroad millionaire left $7.5 million in his will for the founding of a new medical school in his name.
1869 – A patent for the waffle iron was received by Cornelius Swarthout.
1880 – Joshua Lionel Cowen was born. He was the inventor of the toy electric train.
1891 – Thomas Edison applied patents for the kinetoscope and kinetograph (U.S. Pats. 493,426 and 589,168).
1932 – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the U.S. non-stop. The trip from Los Angeles, CA to Newark, NJ, took about 19 hours.
1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) went into effect. The agreement was that an attack against on one of the parties would be considered “an attack against them all.”
1954 – The Communist Party was virtually outlawed in the U.S. when the Communist Control Act went into effect.
1959 – Three days after Hawaiian statehood, Hiram L. Fong was sworn in as the first Chinese-American U.S. senator while Daniel K. Inouye was sworn in as the first Japanese-American U.S. representative.
1963 – John Pennel pole-vaulted 17 feet and 3/4 inches becoming the first to break the 17-foot barrier.
1975 – Davey Lopes of the Los Angeles Dodgers set a major league baseball record when he stole his 38th consecutive base.
1985 – 27 anti-apartheid leaders were arrested in South Africa as racial violence rocked the country.
1989 – Pete Rose, the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, was banned from baseball for life after being accused of gambling on baseball.
1989 – “Total war” was declared by Columbian drug lords on their government.
1989 – The U.S. space probe, Voyager 2, sent back photographs of Neptune.
1990 – Iraqi troops surrounded foreign missions in Kuwait.
1990 – Irish hostage Brian Keenan was released. He had been held in Lebanon for 1,597 days.
1991 – Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the head of the Communist Party.
1992 – Hurricane Andrew hit southern Florida causing 55 deaths in the Bahamas, Florida, and Louisiana.
1992 – China and South Korea established diplomatic relations.
1995 – Microsoft’s “Windows 95” went on sale.
1998 – A donation of 24 beads was made, from three parties, to the Indian Museum of North America at the Crazy Horse Memorial. The beads are said to be those that were used in 1626 to buy Manhattan from the Indians.
1998 – The U.S. and Britain agreed on the Netherlands as site for the trial of two Libyan suspects for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
2001 – The remains of nine American servicemen killed in the Korean War were returned to the U.S. The bodies were found about 60 miles north of Pyongyang. It was estimated that it would be a year before the identies of the soldiers would be known.
2005 – The planet Pluto was reclassified as a “dwarf planet” by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Pluto’s status was changed due to the IAU’s new rules for an object qualifying as a planet. Pluto met two of the three rules because it orbits the sun and is large enough to assume a nearly round shape. However, since Pluto has an oblong orbit and overlaps the orbit of Neptune it disqualified Pluto as a planet.