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This Day in History for August 24

1814 – British forces capture Washington, D.C. and destroy many landmarks (War of 1812)

1853 – 1st potato chips prepared by chef George Crum at Moon’s Lake House, near Saratoga Springs, New York (popular legend says he invented though earlier recipes exist)

1891 – Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera.

1893 – Tornado destroys coast of Savannah & Charleston, about 1,000 die.

1912 – NYC ticker tape parade for Jim Thorpe & victorious US Olympians.

1932 – 1st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart.

1936 – FDR gives the FBI the authority to pursue fascists and communists.

1938 – Virgil Trucks strikes out his 418th batter, highest season total in organized ball for Andalusia in an Alabama-Florida league game.

1942 – Sea battle off Eastern Solomon Islands between United States Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy.

1954 – US President Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism.

1956 – 1st non-stop transcontinental helicopter flight arrived in Washington, D.C.

1959 – Hiram L. Fong sworn in as 1st Chinese-American Senator while Daniel K. Inouye sworn in as 1st Japanese-American Representative (Both from Hawaii)

1969 – Peru nationalizes US oil interest.

1970 – Bomb kills 1 at University of Wisconsin’s Army Math Research Center in Madison.

1979 – Cars play concert in NY Central Park.

1989 – British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain.

1992 – Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida, making landfall at Elliot Key and later Homestead; 44 die and $25 billion in damage is recorded.

1995 – Microsoft debuts Windows 95.

2011 – Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple Inc., and is succeeded by Tim Cook, as a result of his illness.

2015 – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces that for the first time 1 billion people logged into Facebook.

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