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October 24: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Facts & Historic Events That Happened on October 24

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

Welcome to the 298th day of the year! We’re slowly getting through the year, and now have only 68 days remaining in 2024.

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 commercial Concorde flight took place? British Airways ran this final flight from New York’s JFK airport to London Heathrow.

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

Events

What memorable events happened on October 24 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2023

Iceland’s Prime Minister joined thousands of women on strike to protest gender inequality.

This was the seventh Kvennafrí, or “Women’s Day Off,” with the first strike held on this day in 1975. Icelandic PM Katrín Jakobsdóttir joined the strike this time, putting off her ministerial duties for the day in solidarity with Iceland’s women. Issues raised included wage discrimination and gender-based violence.

2018

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

2018

Someone in South Carolina won a $1.6 billion lottery jackpot, 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!

2003

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

1995

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

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

1979

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

1973

When 65 cars collided during thick fog on the New Jersey Turnpike, nine people were killed.

1946

A V-2 rocket captured the first photograph of Earth from outer space.

1929

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.

1901

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.

1857

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

1851

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

OTD in 1851: British astronomer William Lassell discovered two of Uranus' moons

1818

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

1593

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.

1590

John White returned to England after failing to find the lost Roanoke colonists.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Drake? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1989

PewDiePie

Swedish

YouTuber

PewDiePie

Age:

34 years old

Born In:

Gothenburg, Sweden

1986

Drake

Canadian

Rapper

Drake

Age:

37 years old

Born In:

Toronto, Canada

1985

Wayne Rooney

English

Football Manager

Wayne Rooney

Age:

38 years old

Born In:

England, UK

1994

Paola Lázaro

Puerto Rican

Actress

Paola Lázaro

Age:

29 years old

Born In:

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, October 24th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…

1913

2005

Rosa Parks

American

Activist

Rosa Parks

1913

2005

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was an American activist born on February 4, 1913. She died on this day in 2005, at age 92 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Died On:

Oct 24, 2005 (Age 92)

Died In:

Michigan, USA

1905

1957

Christian Dior

French

Fashion Designer

Christian Dior

1905

1957

Christian Dior

Christian Dior was a French fashion designer born on January 21, 1905. He died on this day in 1957, at age 52 in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany, Italy.

Died On:

Oct 24, 1957 (Age 52)

Died In:

Tuscany, Italy

Quotes

Below are the most famous quotes people have said or written on October 24th throughout history.

1929

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

English Writer

Special Holidays

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

October 24: National Food Day
United States

National Food Day

National Food Day was founded in 1975 to encourage everyone to eat healthier, more nutritious food. Taking part in today is easy as pie – all you have to do is read up on how to eat a more fulfilling diet and maybe cut down on junk food – at least for today!

October 24: National Bologna Day
United States

National Bologna Day

Whether you write it by its real name or as baloney, bologna is one of America’s most classic deli meats. So pay tribute to this humble sausage today on National Bologna Day by eating it; it’s as simple as that! The only thing you need to figure out is what else to put in your sandwich.

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

Peppa Pig is banned in China for being a gang symbol.

Birthday & Zodiac

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

Scorpios are incredibly passionate creatures and will do their all to reach their aspirations.

Pink tourmaline is the birthstone given to people born in October. The pink tourmaline provides both compassion and wisdom. On the compassionate side, pink tourmaline helps create loyal, long-lasting friendships and love. The warmth of this stone opens the hearts to the wisdom of those born this month.

If you were born on this day, you were likely conceived on the week of January 31st in the same year.

Babies conceived on this day will likely be born around July 17th, 2025.

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