October 24: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on October 24

October 24th is a great day for food, as it’s known as Bologna Day and Food Day.

Welcome to the 297th day of the year! We’re slowly getting through the year, and now have only 68 days until we reach the new year.

Everyone who was born on October 24 shares the zodiac sign of Scorpio.

The events of this day in history were incredibly varied and include transportation events, environment, music and so much more.

Did you know that on this day in 2003, the last Concorde commercial flight took place? British Airways ran this final flight from New York’s JFK airport to London Heathrow.

Keep reading for more facts about October 24th in history!

What Happened On October 24 In History?


The EU declared that single-use plastics would be banned by 2021.


A $1.6 billion lottery jackpot was won by someone in South Carolina, making it the biggest win in US history at the time.

The winner chose the lump sum payout (instead of the 30 year annual payments) which was worth $904 million!

The final Concorde commercial flight took place between New York and London Heathrow.


People in South Asia witnessed a total eclipse that lasted for 2 minutes and 9 seconds.

OTD in 1995: People in South Asia witnessed a total eclipse that lasted for 2 minutes and 9 seconds.

Paul McCartney was awarded best-selling singer-songwriter of all time by the Guinness World Records.


9 people were killed when 65 cars collided during thick fog on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Source NY Times

Dubbed “Black Thursday”, the New York Stock Exchange collapsed.

OTD in 1929: Dubbed "Black Thursday"
The market tanked 11% and began the decade-long Great Depression.

On her 63rd birthday, American school teacher Annie Taylor was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Her reasoning for doing so was to secure herself financially in her later years. She lived to tell the tale, although she didn't make much money from the act.

The world’s first soccer club, Sheffield F.C., was founded, in England.


British astronomer William Lassell discovered two of Uranus’ moons, Ariel and Umbriel.


The pianist Felix Mendelssohn performed for the first time in Berlin at just 9 years old.


Folklore states that injured soldier Gil Pérez was mysteriously transported from the Philippines to Mexico City.

Twentieth-century paranormal investigators have suggested that teleportation and alien abduction are possible reasons for this occurrence.

Did you know that on this day, October 24th 2003, the last Concorde commercial flight took place?