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This Day in History for October 24

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1901 – First woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor)

1908 – Billy Murray hits the charts with “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”

1911 – Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.

1929 – “Black Thursday”, start of the stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%.

1939 – Benny Goodman records “Let’s Dance”

1940 – US Fair Labor Standards of 1938 comes into effect – minimum wage, 44 hour week.

1944 – US air raid on Japanese battleships and cruisers in Sibuya Sea: Musashi sinks & US aircraft carrier Princeton sinks at Philippines.

1947 – Series of forest fires burn over $30 million of timber across the New England States.

1954 – Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States’ support to South Vietnam.

1958 – USSR lends Egypt 400 million rubles to build Aswan Dam.

1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis: Soviet ships approach but stop short of the US blockade of Cuba.

1963 – Sandy Koufax is unanimous winner of Cy Young Award.

1976 – New York City Marathon; American Bill Rodgers wins his first title in 2:10:10; Miki Gorman takes women’s race in 2:39:11.

1987 – Robert Bork’s Supreme Court nomination rejected by US Senate.

1989 – American televangelist Jim Bakker is sentenced to 45 year in prison for fraud but the sentence is later reduced to eight years on appeal.

1996 – Last game at Atlanta County Fulton Stadium, Yanks win record 8th straight road postseason game.

2004 – 10 people including NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick and 4 family members are killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway in Virginia:  plane owned by NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports.

2008 – “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.

2018 – Pipe bombs sent to prominent US Democrats including the Obamas, Clintons, John Brennan and CNN, but safely defused.

2018 – Largest jackpot in US history at $1.6 billion won by one person in South Carolina.

2020 – Columbia records more than 1 million cases of COVID-19, the 8th globally and 3rd in Latin America.