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24th of August 0079 EVENT Mount Vesuvius erupts. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae are buried in volcanic ash (note: this traditional date has been challenged, and many scholars believe that the event occurred on October 24).
24th of August 0410 EVENT The Visigoths under Alaric begin to pillage Rome.
24th of August 1200 EVENT King John of England, signee of the first Magna Carta, marries Isabella of Angouleme in Bordeaux Cathedral.
24th of August 1215 EVENT Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid.
24th of August 1349 EVENT Six thousand Jews are killed in Mainz after being blamed for the bubonic plague.
24th of August 1391 EVENT Jews are massacred in Palma de Mallorca.
24th of August 1456 EVENT The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.
24th of August 1511 EVENT Afonso de Albuquerque of Portugal conquers Malacca, the capital of the Sultanate of Malacca.
24th of August 1561 EVENT Willem of Orange marries duchess Anna of Saxony.
24th of August 1572 EVENT St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre: On the orders of king Charles IX of France, a massacre of Huguenots (French Protestants) begins.
24th of August 1608 EVENT The first official English representative to India lands in Surat.
24th of August 1662 EVENT The Act of Uniformity requires England to accept the Book of Common Prayer.
24th of August 1682 EVENT William Penn receives the area that is now the state of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania.
24th of August 1690 EVENT Calcutta, India is founded.
24th of August 1812 EVENT Peninsula War: A coalition of Spanish, British, and Portuguese forces succeed in lifting the two-and-a-half-year-long Siege of Cadiz.
24th of August 1814 EVENT British troops invade Washington, D.C. and burn down the White House and several other buildings.
24th of August 1815 EVENT The modern Constitution of the Netherlands is signed.
24th of August 1816 EVENT The Treaty of St. Louis is signed in St. Louis, Missouri.
24th of August 1820 EVENT Constitutionalist insurrection at Oporto, Portugal.
24th of August 1821 EVENT The Treaty of Cordoba is signed in Cordoba, now in Veracruz, Mexico, concluding the Mexican War of Independence from Spain.
24th of August 1831 EVENT Charles Darwin is asked to travel on HMS Beagle.
24th of August 1857 EVENT The Panic of 1857 begins, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in United States history.
24th of August 1870 EVENT The Wolseley Expedition reaches Manitoba to end the Red River Rebellion.
24th of August 1875 EVENT Captain Matthew Webb became first person to swim the English Channel
24th of August 1891 EVENT Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera.
24th of August 1898 EVENT Count Muravyov, Foreign Minister of Russia presents a rescript that convoked the First Hague Peace Conference.
24th of August 1902 EVENT A statue of Joan of Arc is unveiled in Saint-Pierre-le-Moutier.
24th of August 1909 EVENT Workers start pouring concrete for the Panama Canal.
24th of August 1912 EVENT Alaska becomes a United States territory.
24th of August 1914 EVENT World War I: German troops capture Namur.
24th of August 1929 EVENT Second day of two-day Hebron massacre during the 1929 Palestine riots: Arab attacks on the Jewish community in Hebron in the British Mandate of Palestine, result in the death of 65-68 Jews and the remaining Jews being forced to leave the city.
24th of August 1931 EVENT Resignation of the United Kingdom's Second Labour Government. Formation of the UK National Government.
24th of August 1931 EVENT France and the Soviet Union sign a neutrality/no attack treaty.
24th of August 1932 EVENT Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey).
24th of August 1933 EVENT The Crescent Limited train derails in Washington, D.C., after the bridge it is crossing is washed out by the 1933 Chesapeake : Potomac hurricane.
24th of August 1936 EVENT The Australian Antarctic Territory is created.
24th of August 1937 EVENT In the Spanish Civil War, the Basque Army surrenders to the Italian Corpo Truppe Volontarie following the Santona Agreement.
24th of August 1942 EVENT World War II: The Battle of the Eastern Solomons. Japanese aircraft carrier Ryujo is sunk and US carrier USS Enterprise heavily damaged.
24th of August 1944 EVENT World War II: Allied troops begin the attack on Paris.
24th of August 1949 EVENT The treaty creating NATO goes into effect.
24th of August 1950 EVENT Edith Sampson becomes the first black U.S. delegate to the United Nations.
24th of August 1954 EVENT The Communist Control Act goes into effect. The American Communist Party is outlawed.
24th of August 1954 EVENT Getulio Dornelles Vargas, president of Brazil, commits suicide and is succeeded by Joao Cafe Filho.
24th of August 1963 EVENT Don Schollander swims the 200-metre freestyle in less than 2 minutes for the first time, in a world record time of 1:58.
24th of August 1963 EVENT Buddhist crisis: As a result of the Xa Loi Pagoda raids, the US State Department cables the US Embassy in Saigon to encourage Army of the Republic of Vietnam generals to launch a coup against President Ngo Dinh Diem if he did not remove his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu.
24th of August 1967 EVENT Led by Abbie Hoffman, a group of hippies temporarily disrupt trading at the NYSE by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery, causing trading to cease as brokers scramble to grab them.
24th of August 1968 EVENT France explodes its first hydrogen bomb, thus becoming the world's fifth nuclear power.
24th of August 1981 EVENT Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon.
24th of August 1989 EVENT Colombian drug barons declare "total war" on the Colombian government.
24th of August 1989 EVENT Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose is banned from baseball for gambling by Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.
24th of August 1991 EVENT Ukraine declares itself independent from the Soviet Union.
24th of August 1991 EVENT Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
24th of August 1992 EVENT Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida as a Category 5 Hurricane.
24th of August 1994 EVENT Initial accord between Israel and the PLO about partial self-rule of the Palestinians on the West Bank.
24th of August 1995 EVENT Computer software developer Microsoft releases its Windows 95 operating system.
24th of August 1998 EVENT First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
24th of August 2001 EVENT Air Transat Flight 236 runs out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean (en route to Lisbon from Toronto) and makes an emergency landing in the Azores.
24th of August 2004 EVENT Eighty-nine passengers die after two airliners explode after flying out of Domodedovo International Airport, near Moscow. The explosions are caused by suicide bombers (reportedly female) from the Russian Republic of Chechnya.
24th of August 2006 EVENT The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is now considered a Dwarf Planet.
24th of August 1113 BIRTHDAY Geoffrey of Anjou, Count of Anjou (d. 1151)
24th of August 1198 BIRTHDAY King Alexander II of Scotland (d. 1249)
24th of August 1358 BIRTHDAY King John I of Castile (d. 1390)
24th of August 1393 BIRTHDAY Arthur III, Duke of Brittany (d. 1458)
24th of August 1552 BIRTHDAY Lavinia Fontana, Italian painter (d. 1614)
24th of August 1580 BIRTHDAY John Taylor, English poet (d. 1654)
24th of August 1591 BIRTHDAY Robert Herrick, English poet (d. 1674)
24th of August 1635 BIRTHDAY Peder Griffenfeld, Danish statesman (d. 1699)
24th of August 1669 BIRTHDAY Alessandro Marcello, Italian composer (d. 1747)
24th of August 1707 BIRTHDAY Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, English Evangelical Revivalist (d. 1791)
24th of August 1750 BIRTHDAY Letizia Ramolino, mother of Napoleon Bonaparte (d. 1836)
24th of August 1758 BIRTHDAY Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1794)
24th of August 1759 BIRTHDAY William Wilberforce, English abolitionist (d. 1833)
24th of August 1772 BIRTHDAY King William I of the Netherlands (d. 1840)
24th of August 1787 BIRTHDAY James Weddell, English explorer of Antarctica (d. 1834)
24th of August 1817 BIRTHDAY Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian writer (d. 1875)
24th of August 1824 BIRTHDAY Antonio Stoppani, Italian geologist and scholar (d. 1891)
24th of August 1837 BIRTHDAY Theodore Dubois, French composer and teacher (d. 1924)
24th of August 1845 BIRTHDAY James C. Calhoun, American soldier, brother-in-law of George Armstrong Custer (d. 1876)
24th of August 1851 BIRTHDAY Tom Kendall, Australian cricketer (d. 1924)
24th of August 1852 BIRTHDAY Deacon White, American baseball player (d. 1919)
24th of August 1863 BIRTHDAY Dragutin Lerman, Croatian explorer (d. 1918)
24th of August 1865 BIRTHDAY King Ferdinand I of Romania (d. 1927)
24th of August 1872 BIRTHDAY Max Beerbohm, British caricaturist (d. 1956)
24th of August 1880 BIRTHDAY Joshua Lionel Cowen, American entrepreneur, creator of Lionel Trains (d. 1965)
24th of August 1884 BIRTHDAY Earl Derr Biggers, American author (d. 1933)
24th of August 1887 BIRTHDAY Harry Hooper, American baseball player (d. 1974)
24th of August 1890 BIRTHDAY Jean Rhys, British writer (d. 1979)
24th of August 1890 BIRTHDAY Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaiian swimmer and surfer (d. 1968)
24th of August 1893 BIRTHDAY Haim Ernst Wertheimer, German-born Israeli biochemist, recipient of the Israel Prize (d. 1978)
24th of August 1895 BIRTHDAY Richard Cushing, archbishop of Boston (d. 1970)
24th of August 1897 BIRTHDAY Fred Rose, American songwriter and publishing executive (d. 1954)
24th of August 1898 BIRTHDAY Malcolm Cowley, American literary critic (d. 1989)
24th of August 1899 BIRTHDAY Albert Claude, Belgian biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1983)
24th of August 1899 BIRTHDAY Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine writer (d. 1986)
24th of August 1899 BIRTHDAY Gaylord DuBois, American comic book writer (d. 1993)
24th of August 1901 BIRTHDAY Preston Foster, American actor (d. 1970)
24th of August 1902 BIRTHDAY Carlo Gambino, Sicilian-born American mafioso (d. 1976)
24th of August 1902 BIRTHDAY Fernand Braudel, French historian (d. 1985)
24th of August 1903 BIRTHDAY Karl Hanke, Nazi official (d. 1945)
24th of August 1904 BIRTHDAY Alice White, American actress (d. 1983)
24th of August 1905 BIRTHDAY Arthur Crudup, American singer and guitarist (d. 1976)
24th of August 1905 BIRTHDAY Siaka Stevens, President of Sierra Leone (d. 1988)
24th of August 1907 BIRTHDAY Bruno Giacometti, Swiss architect
24th of August 1909 BIRTHDAY Ronald Grieveson, South African cricketer (d. 1998)
24th of August 1911 BIRTHDAY Michel Pablo, Greek Trotskyist leader (d. 1996)
24th of August 1911 BIRTHDAY Lofty England, English automotive engineer and race team manager (d. 1995)
24th of August 1912 BIRTHDAY Durward Kirby, American television personality (d. 2000)
24th of August 1913 BIRTHDAY Charles Houston, American mountaineer (d. 2009)
24th of August 1915 BIRTHDAY James Tiptree, Jr., American writer (d. 1987)
24th of August 1916 BIRTHDAY Leo Ferre, French composer and singer (d. 1993)
24th of August 1916 BIRTHDAY Hal Smith, American actor (d. 1994)
24th of August 1917 BIRTHDAY Dennis James, American game show host (d. 1997)
24th of August 1918 BIRTHDAY Sikander Bakht, Governor of Kerala (d. 2004)
24th of August 1919 BIRTHDAY Enrique Llanes, Mexican professional wrestler (d. 2004)
24th of August 1920 BIRTHDAY Alex Colville, Canadian painter
24th of August 1921 BIRTHDAY Sam Tingle, Zimbabwean racing driver (d. 2008)
24th of August 1922 BIRTHDAY Rene Levesque, Premier of Quebec (d. 1987)
24th of August 1922 BIRTHDAY Howard Zinn, American historian and activist (d. 2010)
24th of August 1923 BIRTHDAY Arthur Jensen, American psychologist
24th of August 1924 BIRTHDAY Jimmy Gardner, British actor (d. 2010)
24th of August 1924 BIRTHDAY Alyn Ainsworth, British bandleader (d. 1990)
24th of August 1927 BIRTHDAY David Ireland, Australian author
24th of August 1927 BIRTHDAY Harry Markowitz, American economist, Nobel laureate
24th of August 1929 BIRTHDAY Betty Dodson, American feminist and sex educator
24th of August 1929 BIRTHDAY Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 2004)
24th of August 1930 BIRTHDAY Roger McCluskey, American racing driver (d. 1993)
24th of August 1932 BIRTHDAY Robert D. Hales, LDS apostle
24th of August 1934 BIRTHDAY Kenny Baker, English actor
24th of August 1936 BIRTHDAY A. S. Byatt, English novelist
24th of August 1936 BIRTHDAY Kenny Guinn, American Governor, Nevada
24th of August 1937 BIRTHDAY Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, Nigerian politician (d. 1998)
24th of August 1938 BIRTHDAY Halldor Blondal, Icelandic politician
24th of August 1938 BIRTHDAY David Freiberg, American bassist (Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Starship)
24th of August 1938 BIRTHDAY Mason Williams, American guitarist and composer
24th of August 1940 BIRTHDAY Francine Lalonde, Quebec politician
24th of August 1942 BIRTHDAY Howard Jacobson, British novelist and newspaper columnist
24th of August 1942 BIRTHDAY Max Cleland, American politician
24th of August 1943 BIRTHDAY John Cipollina, American guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service) (d. 1989)
24th of August 1943 BIRTHDAY Pini Zahavi, Israeli football agent
24th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Gregory Jarvis, American astronaut (d. 1986)
24th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Rocky Johnson, Canadian professional wrestler
24th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1996)
24th of August 1945 BIRTHDAY Vince McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter
24th of August 1945 BIRTHDAY Ken Hensley, English musician (Uriah Heep)
24th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Paulo Coelho, Brazilian author
24th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Anne Archer, American actress
24th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Joe Manchin, American politician, governor and junior senator of West Virginia
24th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Roger De Vlaeminck, Belgian cyclist
24th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Vladimir Masorin, Russian admiral
24th of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Jean-Michel Jarre, French musician
24th of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Kim Sung-Il, Chief of Staff of Republic of Korea Air Force
24th of August 1949 BIRTHDAY Joe Regalbuto, American actor
24th of August 1949 BIRTHDAY Charles Rocket, American actor (d. 2005)
24th of August 1949 BIRTHDAY Pia Degermark, Swedish actress
24th of August 1950 BIRTHDAY John Banaszak, Pittsburgh Steelers three-time Super Bowl champion
24th of August 1950 BIRTHDAY Tim White, American anthropologist
24th of August 1951 BIRTHDAY Oscar Hijuelos, American author
24th of August 1951 BIRTHDAY Orson Scott Card, American writer
24th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Bob Corker, American politician, junior senator of Tennessee
24th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jamaican dub poet
24th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Holly Hallstrom American model for The Price is Right
24th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Peter Vogel, German footballer
24th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Mike Shanahan, American football coach
24th of August 1953 BIRTHDAY Ron Holloway, American tenor saxophonist
24th of August 1954 BIRTHDAY Alain Daigle, French Canadian ice hockey player
24th of August 1954 BIRTHDAY Philippe Cataldo, French singer
24th of August 1955 BIRTHDAY Mike Huckabee, American politician, Governor/Presidential candidate
24th of August 1956 BIRTHDAY John Culberson, American politician
24th of August 1956 BIRTHDAY Dick Lee, Singaporean singer-songwriter
24th of August 1957 BIRTHDAY Jeffrey Daniel, American dancer and singer (Shalamar)
24th of August 1957 BIRTHDAY Stephen Fry, English comedian and actor
24th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Steve Guttenberg, American actor
24th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Tracy Harris, American artist
24th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Chris Offutt, American author
24th of August 1959 BIRTHDAY Adrian Kuiper, former South African cricketer
24th of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Kim Christofte, Danish footballer
24th of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Cal Ripken, Jr., American baseball player
24th of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Takashi Miike, Japanese filmmaker
24th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Ingrid Berghmans, Belgian judoka
24th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Jared Harris, English actor
24th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Craig Kilborn, American talk show host
24th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY David Koechner, American actor
24th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Major Garrett, American journalist
24th of August 1963 BIRTHDAY John Bush, American singer (Anthrax)
24th of August 1963 BIRTHDAY Hideo Kojima, Japanese video game director
24th of August 1964 BIRTHDAY Eric Bernard, French racing driver
24th of August 1964 BIRTHDAY Dana Gould, American comedian and writer
24th of August 1964 BIRTHDAY Salizhan Sharipov, Russian cosmonaut
24th of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Reggie Miller, American basketball player
24th of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Marlee Matlin, American actress
24th of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Brian Rajadurai, Sri Lankan cricketer
24th of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Michael Thomas, English footballer
24th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Benoit Brunet, French Canadian ice hockey player
24th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Andreas Kisser, Brazilian guitarist (Sepultura)
24th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Tim Salmon, American baseball player
24th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Shoichi Funaki, Japanese professional wrestler
24th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY James Toney, Professional boxer
24th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY David Gregory, American television journalist
24th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Dan Henderson, American mixed martial artist
24th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Tugay Kerimoglu, Turkish footballer
24th of August 1971 BIRTHDAY Pierfrancesco Favino, Italian actor
24th of August 1972 BIRTHDAY Jean-Luc Brassard, Canadian freestyle skier
24th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Dave Chappelle, American actor and Comedian
24th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Andrew Brunette, Canadian ice hockey player
24th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Grey DeLisle, voice actress
24th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Carmine Giovinazzo, American actor
24th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Inge de Bruijn, Dutch swimmer
24th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Orla Fallon, Irish Vocalist for Celtic Woman
24th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Jennifer Lien, American actress
24th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Mark de Vries, Surinamese-Dutch footballer
24th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Alex O'Loughlin, Australian actor
24th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Nordin Wooter, Dutch footballer
24th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Denilson, Brazilian footballer
24th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Robert Enke, German footballer (d. 2009)
24th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Per Gade, Danish footballer
24th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY John Green, American author
24th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Jurgen Macho, Austrian footballer
24th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Rafael Furcal, Dominican baseball player
24th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Derek Morris, Canadian ice hockey player
24th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Beth Riesgraf, American actress
24th of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Elva Hsiao, Taiwanese singer
24th of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Orlando Engelaar, Dutch footballer
24th of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Michael Redd, American basketball player
24th of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Markus Walger, German rugby player
24th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Sonja Bennett, Canadian actress
24th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Chad Michael Murray, American actor
24th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Jiro Wang, Taiwanese singer, actor, model
24th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Kim Kallstrom, Swedish footballer
24th of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Marcel Goc, German ice hockey player
24th of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Christopher Parker, British actor
24th of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Brett Gardner, American baseball player
24th of August 1984 BIRTHDAY Yesung, Korean singer (Super Junior)
24th of August 1984 BIRTHDAY Kyle Schmid, Canadian actor
24th of August 1984 BIRTHDAY Charlie Villanueva, American basketball player
24th of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Fabiano Santacroce, Italian footballer
24th of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Nick Adenhart, American baseball player (d. 2009)
24th of August 1987 BIRTHDAY Anze Kopitar, Slovenian ice hockey player
24th of August 1987 BIRTHDAY Jon Scheyer, American basketball player
24th of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Rupert Grint, English actor
24th of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Helga Krapf, Filipina actress
24th of August 1990 BIRTHDAY Juan Pedro Lanzani, Argentine actor and singer
24th of August 2003 BIRTHDAY Alexandre Coste, son of Albert II, Prince of Monaco
24th of August 0079 DEATH Pliny the Elder, Roman writer and naturalist (Born 23)
24th of August 1042 DEATH Michael V, Byzantine Emperor (Born 1015)
24th of August 1103 DEATH King Magnus III of Norway (Born 1073)
24th of August 1217 DEATH Eustace the Monk, French mercenary and pirate (Born c.1170)
24th of August 1540 DEATH Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, Italian painter (Born 1503)
24th of August 1542 DEATH Gasparo Contarini, Italian diplomat and cardinal (Born 1483)
24th of August 1572 DEATH Victims of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre: