On This Day In History, 24 October

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World Events Today

  • The George Washington Bridge, connecting Manhattan with New Jersey, was dedicated today in 1931, it opened to traffic the next day
  • The trial of the Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen started today in 1983, he would go on to be convicted for 6 counts of murder and 2 of attempted murder, he died in prison in May 2018
  • The final commercial British Airways Concorde flight occurred today in 2003, it was from New York’s JFK International Airport to London Heathrow

Entertainment Events Today

  • Sheffield Football Club, considered the oldest existing club still playing football, was founded today in 1857
  • The American schoolteacher Annie Edson Taylor, was the first woman to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel today in 1901
  • Erik Weisz, better known as the famous escape artist Harry Houdini, performed for the last time today in 1926, it was at the Garrick Theater in Detroit

Family Events Today

  • Jiles Perry Richardson Junior, better known as the American musician “The Big Bopper”, was born today in 1930 in Texas, he died in the same plane crash as Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens
  • The English footballer Wayne Rooney, the record goal-scorer for England and Manchester United, was born today in 1985 in Croxteth
  • Antoine Domino Junior, better known as the American singer-songwriter Fats Domino, one of the pioneers of rock and roll music, died today in 2017 aged 89

Main Event Today

  • The United Nations, which aims to maintain international peace and security, came into force today in 1945, it is the most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Bologna Day

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