October 24

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.



1836 – Alonzo D. Phillips received a patent for the phosphorous friction safety match.

1861 – The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent to President Abraham Lincoln from Justice Stephen J. Field of California.

1901 – Daredevil and Michigan school teacher Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She did this on her 63rd birthday.

1911 – Orville Wright remained in the air for 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a Wright Glider at Kill Devils Hills, NC.

1926 – Harry Houdini’s last performance, which was at the Garrick Theater in Detroit, MI. He would die a week later due to complications with appendicitis.

1929 – “Black Thursday” — investors dumped more than 13 million shares, causing a stock market crash and leading to the Great Depression.

1931 – The upper level of the George Washington Bridge opened for traffic between New York and New Jersey. Today, it is the world’s busiest motor vehicle bridge.

1939 – Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in Wilmington, DE.

1940 – The 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labors Standard Act of 1938.

1945 – The United Nations was formally established less than a month after the end of World War II.

1946 – A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first photograph of Earth from outer space.

1949 – The cornerstone for the United Nations Headquarters was laid in New York, NY.

1969 – The movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” premiered in theaters.

1969 – Richard Burton bought his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, a 69-carat Cartier diamond ring for $1.5 million. Burton presented the ring to Taylor several days later.

1977 – Veterans Day was observed on the fourth Monday in October for the seventh and last time. The holiday was moved to November 11 the following year.

1989 – Disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker was sentenced to 50 years in prison for fraud.

1992 – The Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win a World Series.

1996 – Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1997 – In Arlington, VA, sportscaster Marv Albert was spared a jail sentence after he made a courtroom apology to the woman he bit during sex.

1998 – The J.L. Hudson Department Store building in Detroit, MI came down.

2001 – The House of Representatives approved anti-terrorist legislation to permit police to secretly search homes, tap private telephone conversation and track Internet use.

2001 – The U.S. stamp “United We Stand” was dedicated.

2001 – NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Mars.

2002 – The police arrested 41-year-old John Allen Muhammad and 17-year-old John Lee Malvo as suspects in the Washington, DC Beltway sniper shootings.

2003 – The movie “Scary Movie 3” premiered in theaters.

2003 – In London, three Concorde jets touched down for the last time at Heathrow Airport, marking an end to commercial supersonic travel.

2005 – Hurricane Wilma made landfall in Florida, causing 61 deaths and over $20 billion in damage.

2008 – Jennifer Hudson’s mother and older brother were murdered at her mother’s home in Chicago, IL. An Amber Alert was issued for her missing eight-year-old nephew Julian. (His body was discovered three days later. Hudson’s brother-in-law was later convicted of the murders.)



Bill Wyman – 86 years old (1936) – Bass guitarist, singer (The Rolling Stones)

F. Murray Abraham – 83 years old (1939) – Actor (“Amadeus”, “Star Trek: Insurrection”, “Mighty Aphrodite”, “Scarface”, “Last Action Hero”, TV’s “Homeland”)

Kevin Kline – 75 years old (1947) – Actor (“A Fish Called Wanda”, “Last Vegas”, “De-Lovely”, “The Ice Storm”, “Dave”, “Sophie’s Choice”)

BD Wong – 62 years old (1960) – Actor (TV’s “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”)

Monica – 42 years old (1980) – Singer, actress

Casey Wilson – 42 years old (1980) – Actress (TV’s “Happy Endings”)

Shenae Grimes – 33 years old (1989) – Actress (TV’s “90210”)

Eliza Taylor – 33 years old (1989) – Actress (TV’s “The 100”)



National Bologna Day

National Food Day

United Nations Day

World Development Information Day

World Meningitis Day

World Polio Day

World Tripe Day


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

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