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Today In History - August 24

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Today in History in 1682 Duke James of York gave Delaware to William Penn; in 1847 Charlotte Brontë finished her “Jane Eyre” manuscript; in 1891 Thomas Edison patented his motion picture camera; and in 1989 Voyager 2 flew past Neptune.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 79 - Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Pompeii & Herculaneum, 15,000 die
  • 1682 - Duke James of York gives Delaware to William Penn
  • 1847 - Charlotte Brontë finishes manuscript of "Jane Eyre"
  • 1891 - Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera
  • 1912 - NYC ticker tape parade for Jim Thorpe & victorious US Olympians
  • 1912 - District of Alaska becomes an organized incorporated territory of the United States
  • 1932 - 1st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart
  • 1989 - Pete Rose is suspended from baseball for life for gambling
  • 1989 - Voyager 2 flies past Neptune
  • 2006 - After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice officially retires from the NFL

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1759 - William Wilberforce, Kingston upon Hull, British politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade
  • 1933 - Yasser Arafat, Paris France, PLO-leader (Achille Lauro, Nobel 1994)
  • 1960 - Cal Ripken, Havre de Grace Maryland, shortstop (Baltimore Orioles, consecutive game streak)
  • 1965 - Marlee Matlin, Morton Grove Illinois, deaf actress (Children of Lesser God-Acad Award)
  • 1988 - Rupert Grint, Hertfordshire England, English actor (Harry Potter)

Famous Weddings

  • 1561 - Willem of Orange marries duchess Anna of Saxon
  • 1899 - Businessman James Cash Penney (24) weds Bertha Alva Hess
  • 1970 - Actor Peter Sellers (44) weds model Miranda Quarry
  • 1987 - Actor Patrick Dempsey (21) weds manager Rocky Parker (47)
  • 1996 - Actress-model Vendela (30) weds Norwegian politician Olaf Thommessen (30) in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2002 - Journalist Bryant Gumbel weds model Hilary Quinlan at Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida

Famous Divorces

  • 1976 - Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (59) divorces her sixth husband, toy inventor Jack Ryan (49) after 1 year of marriage
  • 2009 - American actor Eddie Cibrian (36) divorces TV personality Brandi Glanville (35) due to irreconcilable differences

Famous Deaths

  • 1954 - Getulio D Vargas, President and dictator of Brazil: 1930-45, 51-54, suicide at 71
  • 1967 - Henry J. Kaiser, industrialist (Boulder Dam, Liberty ship), dies at 85
  • 1995 - Gary Crosby, singer/actor (Operation Bikini, Mardi Gras), dies at 61
  • 1998 - E.G. Marshall, American actor (b. 1910)
  • 2013 - Julie Harris, American actress, heart failure at 87
  • 2014 - Richard Attenborough, English actor/director (Gandhi, Young Winston), dies at 90

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