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Births on this Day
  • 1815-10-24 - John Edwards: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1894
  • 1842-10-24 - Josef Nesvera: Composer
  • 1844-10-24 - Karl Lueger: Anti semitic Mayor of Vienna
  • 1854-10-24 - Hendrik W Bakhuis Roozeboom: Chemist (Heterogenen Gleichgewichte)
  • 1863-10-24 - Manuel Manrique de Lara y Berry: Composer
  • 1867-10-24 - Franco Leoni: Composer
  • 1887-10-24 - Victoria von Battenberg: Wife of Spanish King Alfonso

Deaths on this Day
  • 1789-10-24 - Lucretia W van Winter-van Merken: Dutch poet, dies at 68
  • 1799-10-24 - Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf: Austrian composer, dies at 59
  • 1852-10-24 - Daniel Webster: Lawyer / speaker / Minister of Foreign Affairs, dies at 70
  • 1860-10-24 - Elie Decazes: French Bourbon Restoration politician, dies at 80
  • 1864-10-24 - James Jay Archer: US Confederate Brigadier General, dies in battle at 46
  • 1912-10-24 - Louis van Haecke: Flemish chaplain / Author (Zeesterre), dies at 83
  • 1897-10-24 - Francis Turner Palgrave: Poet / editor (Golden Treasury), dies at 73

Events on this Day
  • 1856-10-24 - Constitution of South Australia adopted
  • 1857-10-24 - World's 1st soccer club, Sheffield F C, founded in England
  • 1861-10-24 - 1st transcontinental telegram sent ending Pony Express
  • 1861-10-24 - 1st US transcontinental telegram is sent (from SF to Washington DC)
  • 1861-10-24 - West Virginia seceded from Virginia
  • 1871-10-24 - Mob in LA hangs 18 Chinese
  • 1881-10-24 - Levi P Morton, US ambas to France drives 1st rivet in Stat of Liberty

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