South Korea and the United States cancel a joint naval drill against North Korea in the Yellow Sea, citing its previous anti-submarine training held from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 and a desire not to irritate neighboring countries ahead of the upcoming 2010 G-20 Seoul summit. //news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-10/24/c_13573223.htm
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
In the space of a few hours, Comet Holmes
develops a coma and flares up to half a million times its former brightness, becoming visible to the naked eye. Its coma later becomes larger in volume than the Sun
, the second such comet in 2007 after Comet McNaught.
makes its last commercial flight, bringing the era of airliner supersonic travel
to a close, at least for the time being.
Same-sex marriage: Three same-sex couples in Spain, including a Madrid city councilman, apply for marriage licenses. They state that if the registry judge does not grant them the licenses, they will appeal to Spain's constitutional court, and as far as the European Court of Human Rights if necessary. They describe their actions as inspired by the recent rulings on same-sex marriage in Canada. //www.advocate.com/new_news.asp?ID=10276sd=10/23/03
Aircraft: The final flights of Concorde, from New York, Edinburgh, and a loop around the Bay of Biscay, touch down at Heathrow International Airport around 1600 BST, marking the end of 27 years of commercial supersonic flight. //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3211053.stm
Thursday, October 24, 2002
Beltway sniper: Within hours of Police Chief Charles Moose announcing that John Allen Muhammad was wanted in connection with the investigation, Muhammad and his 17-year-old stepson John Lee Malvo were arrested on federal weapons charges, found with the rifle used in the shootings.
Thursday, October 24, 1996
The Marcopper Mine Disaster occurs dumping toxic copper tailings into the Boac River.
Tuesday, October 24, 1995
Saturday, October 24, 1992
The Toronto Blue Jays become the first non-American team to win the World Series.
Wednesday, October 24, 1990
Lambda Sigma Gamma
Sorority Inc. was founded at Sacramento State by Linda V. Fuentes and 26 Founding Mothers.
Saturday, October 24, 1970
Spain closes its Gibraltar border to non-pedestrian traffic.
A military court in Jakarta
sentences ex-foreign minister Subandrio to death.
Saturday, October 24, 1964
, a former British protectorate, becomes the independent Republic of Zambia
, ending 73 years of British rule.
Wednesday, October 24, 1962
Cuban Missile Crisis: First confrontation between US Navy and Soviet cargo vessel. The vessel changes course.
Wednesday, October 24, 1951
U.S. President Harry Truman declares an official end to war with Germany.
WWII: HMS Eclipse (H08) is sunk by a mine.
Tuesday, October 24, 1939
Nylon stockings go on sale for the first time anywhere in Wilmington, Delaware.
Saturday, October 24, 1931
Thursday, October 24, 1929
ndash Wall Street Crash of 1929
: Three multi-digit percentage drops wipe out more than $30 billion from the New York Stock Exchange (10 times greater than the annual budget of the federal government).
Thursday, October 24, 1889
Wednesday, October 24, 1883
Thursday, October 24, 1861
"HMS Warrior", the world's first ocean-going (all) iron-hulled armored battleship, is completed and commissioned.
Saturday, October 24, 1857
Wednesday, October 24, 1855
Van Dieman's Land officially renamed Tasmania
First protected submarine telegraph cable laid, across the English Channel.
The earliest United States patent for a phosphorus friction match is granted to Alonzo Dwight Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts.
November 5 ndash Persia and Russia sign the Treaty of Gulistan of 1813 at the end of the Russo-Persian War by which Persia (Iran) loses all its territories to the north of Aras River to the Russians.
Saturday, October 24, 1812
Saturday, October 24, 1795
Thursday, October 24, 1793
The French Republican Calendar is adopted by the National Convention.
Stede Bonnet escapes from prison.
Iberville and Bienville sail from Brest to the Gulf of Mexico to defend the southern borders of New France they will eventually found three capitals of Louisiana (New France), as the future American cities: Mobile, Biloxi New Orleans.ref name=CBLe Moyne de Bienville, Jean-Baptiste, University of Toronto, 2000, webpage: //www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?
November ndash Tani Jinzan, astronomer
scholar, observes a fire destroy Tosa (now Kochi
) in Japan at the same time as a Leonidmeteor shower
, taking it as evidence to reinforce belief in the Theory of Areas.
Saturday, October 24, 1648
Signing of the Treaties of Münster and Osnabrück conclude the Peace of Westphalia, ending the Thirty Years' War. Rulers of the Imperial States have powers to decide their state religion, Protestant, Catholic or Calvinist, with the minorities of each of those faiths granted toleration of worship, and there is general recognition of exclusive sovereignty, including that of the Dutch Republic and Switzerland. France and Sweden gain territory, and the latter is granted an indemnity. However, France remains at war with Spain until 1659.
Thursday, October 24, 1596
The 4th of a 5 year run of poor harvests, largely caused by the weather, a pattern typical of the last third of the century. This causes famine throughout Europe, which leads to food riots in Britain.
Sunday, October 15, 1458 (Julianian calendar)
The Jewish community is expelled from Erfurt (Germany), their houses are sold and the synagogue turned into an arsenal.
The Turks issue a decree to protect the Acropolis after they conquer Athens.
Luis Cadamosto discovers the first Cape Verde Islands.
Friday, October 15, 1428 (Julianian calendar)
Itzcóatl becomes ruler of the Aztecs. He eventually begins the construction of Tenochtitlan.
Lam Sơn uprising: Lê Lợi, founder of the Lê Dynasty in Vietnam, liberates Annam (the territory occupied by Ming Dynasty China in 1407) and restores the kingdom as Đại Việt.
The Aztec Triple Alliance (also known as "The Aztec Empire") forms with the alliance of three Aztec city-states—Tenochtitlán, Texcoco, and Tlacopán—and defeats Azcapotzalco to win control of the Valley of Mexico.
Friday, October 16, 1360 (Julianian calendar)
Shah Shuja regains rule of the Muzaffarid
tribe in Persia
after the death of his brother, Shah Mahmud.
Muhammed VI overthrows his brother-in-law, Ismail II, as King of Grenada (in present-day Spain) he is in turn overthrown this same year by the former king, Muhammed V.
Nawruz Beg overthrows his brother Qulpa as Khan of the Blue Horde.
King Valdemar Atterdag of Denmark reconquers Scania, which has been in Swedish possession since 1332.
Sunday, October 16, 1323 (Julianian calendar)
Sunday, October 17, 1260 (Julianian calendar)
The Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France (the cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
The advent of the Age of the Holy Spirit predicted by Joachim of Fiore, according to his interpretation of the Book of Revelation, chapter 6.
Germanmusical theoristFranco of Cologne
publishes "Ars Cantus Mensurabilis", in which he advances a new theory of musical notation in which the length of a musical note is denoted by the shape of that note, a system still used today.
The newly formed Sukhothai kingdom of Thailand adopts Theravada Buddhism.
The civil servant and bard longing for lost al-Andalus Ibn al-Abbar
is burnt to the stakes by the Marinid
Nicola Pisano sculpts the pulpit of the Pisa Baptistery.
Monday, October 17, 1149 (Julianian calendar)
grants the benefits of a part of the city's fiscal revenues to a consortium of creditor called "compera". It is the first exle of the consolidation of public debt in medieval Europe.
Wednesday, October 18, 1055 (Julianian calendar)
Construction on the Liaodi Pagoda
is complete, the tallest pagoda in Chinese history standing at a height of 84 m (275 ft) tall.
Beginning of the caign of Ferdinand I of Castile
against al-Andalus. The king conquers Seia
from the Christian allies of the muslim taifas
.ref name=picard2000 In a drive to consolidate his southern border, he repopulates the city of Zamora
with some of his Cantabrian
Monday, October 19, 996 (Julianian calendar)
Thursday, October 26, 69 (Julianian calendar)