August 24

TODAY IN HISTORY:

79 AD – Mount Vesuvius erupted killing approximately 20,000 people. The cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum were buried in volcanic ash.

1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.

1814 – Washington, DC, was invaded by British forces. They set fire to the White House and Capitol.

1869 – Cornelius Swarthout received a patent for the waffle iron.

1891 – Thomas Edison patented the kinetoscope and kinetograph.

1912 – A four-pound limit was set for parcels sent through the U.S. Postal System.

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.”

1969 – Victor Jackson of East Lansing, MI, sailed from Ludington, MI to Manitowac, WI in an outboard powered, extra large bathtub. It took him 14 hours.

1981 – Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon.

1986 – Frontier Airlines shut down. Thousands of people were left stranded.

1989 – Commissioner Bart Giamatti banned Pete Rose, the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, from baseball for life after being accused of gambling on baseball.

1989 – A U.S. space probe, Voyager 2, sent back photographs of Neptune.

1992 – Hurricane Andrew hit southern Florida. The storm caused 55 deaths in the Bahamas, Florida and Louisiana.

1995 – Microsoft’s “Windows 95” went on sale.

1998 – A donation of 24 beads was made to the Indian Museum of North America at the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota. The beads are said to be those used in 1626 to buy Manhattan from the Indians.

2001 – In McAllen, TX, Bridgestone/Firestone agreed to settle out of court and pay $7.5 million to a family in a rollover accident in their Ford Explorer.

2006 – The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefined the term “planet” such that Pluto is now considered a dwarf planet.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

David Freiberg 1938 – Musician (Jefferson Starship)

Vince McMahon 1945 – Head of WWE

Anne Archer 1947 – Actress (“Fatal Attraction”, “Paradise Alley”, “Patriot Games”, “Short Cuts”, “Clear and Present Danger”, “Lullaby”)

Joe Regalbuto 1949 – Actor (Played Frank Fontana on TV’s “Murphy Brown”)

Mike Shanahan 1952 – Football coach

Steve Guttenberg 1958 – Actor (“Diner”, “Police Academy” series, “Cocoon” movies, “Three Men and a Baby” movies)

Cal Ripken, Jr. 1960 – Baseball player (Owns the Major League Baseball record for most consecutive games played)

Mark Bedford 1961 – Musician (Madness)

Jared Harris 1961 – Actor (TV’s “Mad Men”)

Craig Kilborn 1962 – Talk show host (TV’s “The Daily Show”, “The Kilborn File”, “The Late Late Show”)

Marlee Matlin 1965 – Actress (“Children of a Lesser God”, “Reasonable Doubts”, “Picket Fences”, TV’s “The West Wing”)

David Gregory 1970 – Former host of NBC’s “Meet the Press”

David Chappelle 1973 – Actor, comedian (TV’s “Chappelle’s Show”, movies “The Nutty Professor”, “Half Baked”, “Undercover Brother”)

Carmine Giovinazzo 1973 – Actor (TV’s “CSI: NY”)

Chad Michael Murray 1981 – Actor (“One Tree Hill”, “House of Wax”, “A Cinderella Story”, “Freaky Friday”)

Rupert Grint 1988 – Actor (Played Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” movie series)

 

TODAY IS:

Burger Day

International Strange Music Day

Internaut Day

Knife Day

Peach Pie Day

Pluto Demoted Day

Vesuvius Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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