On This Day In History, 24 August

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World Events Today

  • Mark David Chapman, the man who fatally shot the British musician and former member of the Beatles, John Lennon, was sentenced to 20 years to life today in 1981
  • Brian Keenan, a writer from Northern Ireland, was released today in 1990, he had spent over 4 years as a hostage of Islamic Jihad in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Ukraine restored its independence from the Soviet Union today in 1991

Entertainment Events Today

  • The English footballer Jimmy Greaves scored on his top-flight debut today in 1957, he was aged just 17 when he scored for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur
  • The musical comedy movie Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, which featured the punk rock group the Ramones, was released today in 1979
  • Allegations of Michael Jackson sexually assaulting Jordy Chandler broke today in 1993, a financial settlement of 23 million US dollars was reached in January 1994

Family Events Today

  • The English actor, comedian and writer Stephen Fry, part of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, was born today in 1957 in London
  • The English actor Rupert Grint, who rose to fame as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, was born today in 1988 in Essex
  • The English actor and filmmaker Richard Attenborough, whose work included producing and directing the movie Gandhi, died today in 2014 aged 90

Main Event Today

  • Mount Vesuvius in Italy erupted today in 79 AD, many cities were destroyed including the later rediscovered Pompeii and Herculaneum

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Waffle Day

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