Today in History: October 24

Today in History: October 24

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0439

Carthage, the leading Roman city in North Africa, falls to Genseric and the Vandals.

1531

Bavaria, despite being a Catholic region, joins the League of Schmalkalden, a Protestant group which opposes Charles V.

1648

The signing of the Treaty of Westphalia ends the German Thirty Years' War.

1755

A British expedition against the French held Fort Niagara in Canada ends in failure.

1836

The match is patented.

1861

Western Union completes the first transcontinental telegraph line, putting the Pony Express out of business.

1863

General Ulysses S. Grant arrives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to find the Union Army there starving.

1897

The first comic strip appears in the Sunday color supplement of the New York Journal called the 'Yellow Kid.'

1901

Anna Edson Taylor, 43, is the first woman to go safely over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She made the attempt for the cash award offered, which she put toward the loan on her Texas ranch.

1916

Henry Ford awards equal pay to women.

1917

The Austro-German army routs the Italian army at Caporetto, Italy.

1929

Black Thursday--the first day of the stock market crash which began the Great Depression.

1930

John Wayne debuts in his first starring role in The Big Trail .

1931

Al (Alphonse) Capone, the prohibition-era Chicago gangster, is sent to prison for tax evasion.

1934

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, called Mahatma or "Great Soul," resigns from Congress in India.

1938

The Fair Labor Standards Act becomes law, establishing the 40-hour work week.

1944

The aircraft carrier USS Princeton is sunk by a single Japanese plane during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

1945

Vidkun Quisling, Norway's wartime minister president, is executed by firing squad for collaboration with the Nazis.

1945

The United Nations comes into existence with the ratification of its charter by the first 29 nations.

1952

Presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower announces that if elected, he will go to Korea.

1970

Leftist Salvador Allende elected president of Chile.

1973

Yom Kippur War ends.

1980

Poland's government legalizes the Solidarity trade union.

1992

Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves in the 11th inning of the 6th game, to become the first Major League Baseball team from outside the US to win the series.

2003

The supersonic Concorde jet made its last commercial passenger flight from New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport to London's Heathrow Airport, traveling at twice the speed of sound.

2008

Many stock exchanges worldwide suffer the steepest declines in their histories; the day becomes known as "Bloody Friday."