August 24 Events in History - August 24 Birthdays - August 24 Deaths
2015 Stock markets around the world fall drastically due to concerns about an economic slowdown in China; the Dow Jones falls 1,000 points, closing down 588 points, while the Shanghai composite closes down 8.5%
2014 A magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes near the California Bay Area city of Napa; 87 have been injured, but no fatalities have been reported
2014 U.S. pharmaceutical company InterMune has been bought by Roche, the Swiss drug manufacturer, for $8.6 million; Roche will pay cash, offering a 38% premium on InterMune's current stock price of approximately $54/share
2013 The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' speech is commemorated in the U.S.
2012 After his decision not to context charges of doping by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Lance Armstrong learns the organization has banned him for life and recommended he be stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles
2012 A California state jury rules that Samsung electronics owes Apple Inc. over $1 billion for patent infringement
2011 Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs resigns over poor health issues; Tim Cook takes over as CEO
2011 With weak economic prospects and significant levels of public debt, Japan is downgraded to Aa3 by Moody's credit rating agency
2010 The U.S. Department of Justice plans to appeal the decision to block President Obama's executive order to expand embryonic stem cell research
2008 2008 Summer Olympics come to a close in Beijing, China
2006 Pluto is demoted to a 'dwarf planet'
1997 97th U.S. Golf Amateur Championship won by Joel Kribel
1997 Colleen Wakjer wins Star Bank LPGA Classic
1997 Greg Norman wins World Series of Golf shooting 273
1997 Mark Calcavecchia wins Greater Vancouver Golf Open shooting 265
1997 Saint Luke's Senior Golf Classic
1995 Fire that wipes 6,000 acres begins in Hamptons on Long Island
1995 Windows 95 debuts
1994 Kieren Perkins swims world record 1500m free style (14:41.66)
1994 Kieren Perkins swims world record 800m free style (7:46.00)
1994 Israel and PLO initialed accord giving autonomy to Palestinians in West Bank in education, health, taxation, social welfare and tourism
1993 Mars Observer comes closest to Mars
1993 Padres scores 14 in 1st vs. Cardinals
1992 1st structural steel beams are erected at Gateway (Jacobs Field)
1992 Cleveland Browns suffer their worst preseason loss, 56-3, to Vikings
1992 Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida; 35 die
1992 Screw magazine superimposed a gunsight over a picture of Larry Flint
1991 Emmy Creative Arts Award presentation
1991 Gorbachev resigns as head of U.S.S.R. Communist Party
1991 Silky Stallone, wins the Cane Pace at Yonkers Raceway
1991 Taiwan captures its 15th Little League World Series, 11-0
1991 Ukraine declares independence from U.S.S.R.
1990 3,500 peacekeepers arrive in Liberia
1990 Iraqi troops surround U.S. and other embassies in Kuwait City
1989 British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain
1989 Pete Rose is suspended from baseball for life for gambling
1989 Voyager 2 flies past Neptune
1987 Announcement of possible Martian tornadoes
1986 Juli Inkster wins Atlantic City LPGA Golf Classic
1985 STS-51-I mission scrubbed at T -5m because of bad weather
1984 Pat Bradley set LPGA record for 9 holes with a 28 at Denver
1983 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose ends consecutive games played streak at 745
1982 KC's John Wathan steals 31st en route to 36 base for catcher's record
1981 American Charles Chapman is 1st black to swim English Channel
1981 Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life for Lennon's murder
1980 Beth Daniel wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic
1980 Jozef Pinkovski replaces Poland premier Babiuch
1979 Cars play concert in New York Central Park
1979 NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new
1979 U.N.'s Vienna office begins issuing postage stamps
1978 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
1976 Soyuz 21 returns to Earth
1975 Davey Lopes steals his 38th consecutive base, then thrown out stealing
1975 Judy Rankin wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
1975 Papadopoulos/Pattakos/Makarezos sentenced to death in Athens
1975 San Francisco Giant Ed Halick no-hits New York Giants, 6-0
1975 Tampa Bay Rowdies beat Portland 2-0 for NASL cup
1974 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
1973 John Adams and his drum - become a right-field fixture in Cleveland Stadium
1972 8th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yankees beat Mets 2-1
1972 Dennis Amiss scores 1st one-day int century, 103 vs. Australia
1972 Gordie Howe and Jean Beliveau inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame
1971 India beat England by 4 wickets, their win against the Poms
1970 Bomb kills 1 at University of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison
1969 Carol Mann wins LPGA Tournament of Champs Golf Tournament
1969 Peru nationalizes U.S. oil interests
1968 France became world's 5th thermonuclear power, explodes on Mururoa
1966 U.S.S.R. launches Luna 11 for orbit around Moon
1964 2nd Mayor's Trophy Game, Yankees beat Mets 6-4
1963 1st 200 meter freestyle swum under 2 minutes (Don Schollander 1:58)
1963 John Pennel is 1st to pole-vault 17'
1962 Dodger coach Leo Durocher suffers a near-fatal allergic reaction to a penicillin injection while in the clubhouse at the Polo Grounds
1962 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1961 Windward Islands' Airways International (Winair) forms
1961 Former nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa's minister of justice (if the shoe fits...)
1960 -127 degrees F (-88 degrees C), Vostok, Antarctica (world record)
1960 60 people die when bus plunges off bridge into Turvo River, Brazil
1959 England complete 5-0 series drubbing of India
1959 Hiram Fong sworn in as 1st Chinese-American senator while Daniel K Inouye sworn in as 1st Japanese-American Rep (Both from Hawaii)
1958 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
1958 Sergei Popov wins Stockholm marathon (2:15:17.0) (WR)
1957 British soccer player Jimmy Greaves' (17) 1st game for Chelsea
1956 1st non-stop transcontinental helicopter flight arrived Washington D.C.
1954 Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party
1954 International Amateur Athletic Federation recognizes Red China
1954 William Heatherton's "Reluctant Debutante," premieres in London
1951 Bill Veeck's "Fans Managers' Night," Browns defeat A's 5-3; Browns coaches hold up placards for fans to vote on
1950 Edith Sampson named 1st black U.S. delegate to U.N.
1950 Operation Magic Carpet concludes transporting 45,000 Yemenite Jews
1949 NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, goes into effect
1945 Cleveland ace Bob Feller returns from Navy and strike out 12
1944 General LeClercs troops open assault on Paris
1943 Philadelphia A's drop AL record tying 20th game in a row, win the 2nd game
1942 Sea battle off Eastern Solomon Islands
1942 Transport nr 23 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1940 Luftwaffe bombs London
1940 Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits and 1 run
1939 Germany and U.S.S.R. sign 10-year non-aggression pact
1938 England beat Australia by an innings and 579 runs at The Oval
1938 Virgil Trucks strikes out his 418th batter, highest season total in organized ball-for Andalusia in an Alabama-Florida League game
1937 Republican offensive near Belchite Spain
1936 Australian Antarctic Territory created
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt gives FBI authority to pursuit fascists and communists
1932 1st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart
1931 France and U.S.S.R. sign neutrality/no attack treaty
1929 43rd U.S. Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Phoebe H Watson (64 62)
1929 Palestinians attack orthodox Jews in Jerusalem
1929 Turkey and Persia signs friendship treaty
1925 39th U.S. Womens Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats K McKane (36 60 62)
1923 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3 mile (14:11.2)
1922 1st Phillie to hit for cycle (Cy Williams)
1921 Battle of Sakaray Valley begins between Turkey and Greece
1921 British airship R-38 crashes in Humber, 44 die
1919 Cleveland pitcher Ray Caldwell is flattened by a bolt of lightning
1918 Chicago Cubs, win earliest pennent ever (season ended Sept 2)
1918 Sect Baker grants extended exemption to World Series players
1914 Battle at Bergen: Germans defeat Belgian/British troops
1914 German troops occupy Namur Belgium
1914 Jerome Kern and Michael E Rourles musical premieres in New York City
1912 New York City ticker tape parade for Jim Thorpe and victorious U.S. olympians
1912 Territory of Alaska organizes
1912 U.S. passes Anti-gag law, federal employees right to petition government
1911 Manuel d'Arriaga elected 1st president of Portugal
1909 Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal
1908 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
1908 New York Giants scores shown on electric diamonds known as "Compton's Baseball Bulletin" at MSG
1906 Cincinnati Red John Weimer no-hits Dodgers, 1-0 in 7 inning game
1905 Chicago Cubs beat Phillies 2-1 in 20 innings
1904 24th U.S. Mens Tennis: Holcombe Ward beats William Clothier (108 64 97)
1904 Field battle at Liao-Yang-200,000 Japanese against 150,000 Russian
1893 Tornado destroys coast of Savannah and Charleston, about 1000 die
1891 Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera
1876 Riot abolishes fairs in Amsterdam, 2 killed
1869 Cornelius Swarthout patents waffle iron
1858 Richmond "Daily Dispatch" reports 90 blacks arrested for learning
1854 National emigration convention meets in Cleveland
1853 1st potato chips prepared by Chef George Crum (Saratoga Springs New York)
1847 Charlotte Bronte finishes manuscript of "Jane Eyre"
1833 HMS Beagle reaches Bahia Blanca, Argentina
1831 John Henslow asks Charles Darwin to travel with him on HMS Beagle
1828 Dutch army takes Fort Du Bus in New Guinea
1826 Netherland's South Willems Port (Bosch-Luik) opens
1814 British forces captured Washington, D.C., and burned down many landmarks
1787 Wolfgang A Mozart completes his viola sonata in A, K526
1751 Thomas Colley executed in England for drowning supposed witch
1704 Sea battle at Malaga
1690 Job Charnock founds Calcutta India
1682 Duke James of York gives Delaware to William Penn
1662 Act of Uniformity requires English to accept book of Common Prayer
1658 Battle at Grevelingen: English fleet beats Spanish
1654 Louis II Conde disbands ends of Atrecht
1608 1st English convoy lands at Surat India
1572 King Charles IX orders massacre of thousands of French Protestants
1561 Willem of Orange marries duchess Anna of Saxon
1542 Conquistador Francisco de Orellana returns to Spain
1516 Battle at Aleppo: Turks beat Syria
1511 Portugese troops under Afonso the Albuquerque occupy Malakka
1391 Jews of Palma Majorca massacred
1349 6,000 Jews, blamed for the Plague, are killed in Mainz
1349 Jews of Cologne Germany set themselves on fire to avoid baptism
1217 Battle at South Foreland: English fleet beats France
1215 Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid
410 Rome overrun by Visigoths, symbolized fall of Western Roman Empire
79 Mount Vesuvius erupts, buries Pompeii and Herculaneum, 15,000 die