410 Aug 24 Rome was overrun by the Visigoths, an event that symbolized the fall of the Western Roman Empire. German barbarians sacked Rome.
1215 Aug 24 Pope Innocent III, following a request from King John, declared the Magna Carta invalid. The barons of England soon retaliated by inviting King Philip of France to come to England. Philip accepted the offer.
1217 Aug 24 Eustace “the Monk”, French buccaneer, was killed in battle.
1349 Aug 24 Jews of Cologne Germany set themselves on fire to avoid baptism.
1391 Aug 24 Jews of Palma Majorca, Spain, were massacred.
1542 Aug 24 In South America, Gonzalo Pizarro returned to the mouth of the Amazon River after having sailed the length of the great river as far as the Andes Mountains.
1591 Aug 24 Robert Herrick, English poet (Gather ye rosebuds) was baptized.
1595 Aug 24 Thomas Digges, English astronomer (Universe Infinite), died.
1682 Aug 24 Duke James of York gave Delaware to William Penn.
1751 Aug 24 Thomas Colley was executed in England for drowning a supposed witch.
1770 Aug 24 Thomas Chatterton (b.1752), English poet (Revenge), committed suicide.
1780 Aug 24 King Louis XVI abolished torture as a means to get suspects to confess.
1787 Aug 24 Wolfgang A. Mozart completed his viola sonata in A, K526.
1824 Aug 24 Simon Bolivar’s army beat the Spanish in Peru in the Battle at Junin.
1831 Aug 24 John Henslow asked Charles Darwin to travel with him on HMS Beagle.
1847 Aug 24 Charlotte Bronte, using the pseudonym Currer Bell, sent a manuscript of “Jane Eyre” to her publisher in London.
1853 Aug 24 The 1st potato chips were prepared by Chef George Crum at Saratoga Springs, NY.
1858 Aug 24 Richmond “Daily Dispatch” reported 90 blacks arrested for learning.
1869 Aug 24 Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York, patented the waffle iron.
1891 Aug 24 Thomas Edison filed a patent for the motion picture camera.
1893 Aug 24 A fire in south Chicago left 5,000 people homeless.
1896 Aug 24 Thomas Brooks was shot and killed by an unknown assailant, beginning a six year feud with the McFarland family.
1909 Aug 24 Workers started pouring concrete for Panama Canal.
1912 Aug 24 US passed an anti-gag law giving federal employees the right to petition government.
1932 Aug 24 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly nonstop across the United States, traveling from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in just over 19 hours.
1934 Aug 24 In Philadelphia, Pa., Philo T. Farnsworth (28), a San Francisco scientist, produced a televised picture of the moon, the first recorded use of television in astronomy.
1936 Aug 24 FDR gave the FBI authority to pursuit fascists and communists.
1937 Aug 24 There was a Republican offensive near Belchite, Spain.
1940 Aug 24 Luftwaffe bombed London.
1944 Aug 24 Allied forces captured Bordeaux.
1949 Aug 24 Stephen Harrison Paulus, composer, was born in New Jersey.
1951 Aug 24 Oscar Hijeulos, novelist, was born. His work included “The Mambo Kings play Songs of Love.”
1958 Aug 24 Leo Blech (87), German conductor and composer, died.
1959 Aug 24 Three days after Hawaiian statehood, Hiram L. Fong was sworn in as the first Chinese-American U.S. Senator while Daniel K. Inouye was sworn in as the first Japanese-American U.S. Representative.
1961 Aug 24 Johannes Vorster, a former Nazi leader, became South Africa’s minister of justice.
1967 Aug 24 Henry J. Kaiser (85), industrialist (Boulder Dam, Liberty ship), died.
1968 Aug 24 France became the world’s fifth thermonuclear power as it exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific.
1974 Aug 24 France performed another nuclear test at Muruora Island.
1975 Aug 24 Charles H. Revson (b.1906), US cosmetic magnate, died.
1982 Aug 24 Some 800 US Marines landed in Beirut, Lebanon, as part of a joint US-French peacekeeping force.
1988 Aug 24 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis picked up the endorsement of the AFL-CIO while Republican nominee George Bush campaigned in California with President Reagan.
1989 Aug 24 Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti banned Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose from major league baseball for gambling.
1990 Aug 24 Iraqi troops surrounded foreign missions in Kuwait.
1991 Aug 24 Ukraine declared independence from USSR.
1995 Aug 24 Microsoft Corporation began selling its highly publicized Windows 95 personal computer software. The Windows 95 operating system was priced at $89 for an upgrade.
1996 Aug 24 Steve Fossett sailed across the Pacific Ocean and set a solo speed record of 20 days in his 60-foot 3-hulled boat, the Lakota.
1997 Aug 24 In Cambodia troops of Hun Sen overran O’Smach, the last frontier town held by forces loyal to Prince Ranariddh.
1998 Aug 24 The United States and Britain agreed to allow two Libyan suspects in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 to be tried by a Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands. A former Libyan intelligence agent was later convicted of murder; the other suspect was acquitted.
1999 Aug 24 Congo rebel leaders agreed to sign a peace accord.
2000 Aug 24 Fighting from Chechnya spilled into Ingushetia and 100 rebels were reported killed by Russian forces.
2001 Aug 24 President Bush blamed the slumping economy for the shrinking budget surplus, rather than his tax cut, and said it was up to Congress to restrain spending.
2002 Aug 24 It was reported that Algerian elite soldiers, backed by artillery and helicopters, killed 16 suspected Islamist rebels during a week-long operation against guerrillas east of Algiers.
2003 Aug 24 Japan’s Musashi-Fuchu routed East Boynton Beach, Fla., 10-1 to win the Little League World Series.
2004 Aug 24 An independent commission said the blame for abuses at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison lay mainly with the American soldiers who ran the jail, but said senior commanders and top-level Pentagon officials could also be faulted for failed leadership and oversight.
2005 Aug 24 US military said the Pentagon has ordered 1,500 additional troops to Iraq to provide security in advance of two upcoming votes.
2006 Aug 24 A US House report said 70% of contracts for Hurricane Katrina were let with little or no competition. 4 Katrina contractors were indicted for taking $700,000 for no work.
2007 Aug 24 A US federal appeals court revived California’s request for at least $1 billion in refunds for electricity customers due to overcharges during the Enron debacle.
2008 Aug 24 The US Democratic national convention’s credentials committee ruled to give full voting rights to delegates from Michigan and Florida, despite their defying party rules and holding their primaries early.
2009 Aug 24 A senior administration said that Pres. Obama has approved establishment of the new unit, to be known as the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, which will be overseen by the National Security Council.
2010 Aug 24 In SF the temperature hit a record 98 degrees. Records were broken across much of northern California.
2011 Aug 24 Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs resigned as chief executive of Apple Inc in a stunning move that ended his 14-year reign at the technology giant he co-founded in a garage.
2012 Aug 24 In Alaska a hiker in Denali National Park photographed a grizzly bear for at least eight minutes before the bear mauled and killed him in the first fatal attack in the park’s history.
2013 Aug 24 In California the Rim Fire continued to grow with at least 129,620 acres burned.
2014 Aug 24 The United States used aircraft and drones to strike targets in northern Iraq to try to rein in Islamic State militants.

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