August 24th What Happened on the day you were born on This day in History For Those With Birthdays or looking for specific year these years are Included on this date 1814, 1927, 1932, 1948, 1954, 1968, 1973, 1981, 1985, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, Born This Day,
U.S. 1814 U.S.A. British Burn Down Washington D.C Aug. 24, 1814: During the War of 1812, In 1814 British Troops led by General Robert Ross entered the US capital of Washington D.C. and and burned many of the public buildings down, including the White House and the US Capitol building.

U.S. 1927 U.S.A. Airplane Aviators Aug. 24, 1927: Lloyd Bertaud ( Pilot ) and James Taylor ( Navigator ) have confirmed they plan to take off for Rome Tomorrow in their Fokker monoplane " Old Glory ", three airplanes and their aviators were due to make this historic flight but only Old Glory is ready. The Italian aviators who were also to make the historic flight are not ready but the Italians have promised to give Old Glory a rousing reception when they arrive.
Also two other American Aviators are leaving Bristol in England in an attempt to circle the globe in less than 28 days which is the current record. The current record was set using airplane, steamer and rail and the intrepid flyers are hoping to make the new record in less than 15 days. Captain Leslie Hamilton and Colonel FF Mitchen will leave tomorrow. Find More What happened in 1927

U.S. 1932 U.S.A. Amelia Earhart Aug. 24, 1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to make a transcontinental flight when she landed at the Newark Airport in New Jersey after a 19 hour flight from Los Angeles, CA.

Germany 1948 Germany Berlin Airlift Aug. 24, 1948: As the number of aircraft needed to supply much needed supplies to Berlin since the Russian blockade increases, the risks of accidents is also increased and Two American C47 transport planes and their crew paid for the increased risk when they crashed at 4.00 AM while returning from a drop in Berlin.

Brazil 1954 Brazil Getulio Dornelles Vargas Aug. 24, 1954: The president of Brazil Getulio Dornelles Vargas committed suicide today after he was forced to step down from his presidency because of a military revolt

U.S. 1954 U.S.A. Communist Party Outlawed August 24 , 1954: President Eisenhower signed the Communist Control Act theoretically outlawing the Communist Party in the United States.

France 1968 France Nuclear Power Aug. 24, 1968: France became the world's fifth nuclear power when it exploded its first hydrogen bomb.

U.S. What Else Happened In 1973 U.S.A. Eastern Equine Encephalitis Aug. 24, 1973: The deadly disease that affects horses Eastern Equine Encephalitis affecting the horses brain has struck down 50 horses in Mass and surrounding states, the disease is spread by the Mosquito and helicopters are being used to spray many thousands of acres with Malathion to kill the Mosquitos. It has been confirmed that a case of the human strain Encephalitis is being treated in a local hospital. The disease is not carried from human to human which is why a mass spraying of mosquito spray is being used.

U.S. 1981 U.S.A. Mark David Chapman Aug. 24, 1981 : Mark David Chapman is sentenced in New York to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of John Lennon on December 8th, 1980, when he shot John Lennon four times in front of his wife Yoko Ono.

India 1985 India Union Carbide Bhopal Aug. 24, 1985: A toxic leak at the Union Carbide factory on December 3rd has been blamed on a chain of human errors and mechanical safeguards failing. The leak allowed a cloud of Toxic Methylene Chloride and 22 other toxic substances to escape, and over 3000 people were affected in the town who have sued Union Carbide

U.S. 1992 U.S.A. Hurricane Andrew Aug. 24, 1992 : Hurricane Andrew with winds in excess of 150 MPH ravages Southern Florida destroying 85,000 homes and leaving 1/4 million homeless. 38 people are killed and estimated costs are put at over $30 billion dollars.

U.S. 1993 U.S.A. Michael Jackson Aug. 24, 1993 : Police are investigating allegations of child abuse made against singer Michael Jackson by the father of one boy befriended by Mr Jackson. The allegations against Michael Jackson include that the singer seduced the child and performed sex acts with him at his Neverland ranch in Santa Barbara.

Mexico 1996 Mexico Hurricane Dolly August 24, 1996: Hurricane Dolly slammed into Mexico for the second time in the shanty town of Tampica causing flooding , luckily the winds had decreased to 80MPH so only 1 woman was killed and most of the shanties survived with only minor damage. The shanty town is 450 miles south of Brownsville Texas.

Space 2006 Space Pluto Aug. 24, 2006 : The International Astronomical Union ( IAU ) defined the term "planet" for the first time and declared that Pluto was no longer the Solar System's ninth planet, demoting it to the status of a "dwarf planet." A group of 2,500 scientists at a meeting in Prague voted that Pluto would no longer be considered a planet in the scientific community. The scientists created a strict set of guidelines for classifying planets and Pluto did not meet the guidelines, the planet was reclassified as a dwarf planet.
According to the new definition, there are currently
Eight planets ( Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. )
Four dwarf planets ( Ceres, Pluto, Makemake and Eris )
now known in the solar system

Nigeria 2007 Nigeria $100 laptop field tests a success Aug. 24, 2007 : Field tests of a revolutionary laptop costing $100.00 has proved a success in Nigeria and Brazil opening up the opportunity to help third world countries children catch up with the rest of the world. The laptop has a number of revolutionary innovations and is part of the "One Laptop Per Child" initiative
No Moving Parts ( 1GB of flash memory ) instead of traditional hard disc.
Super energy efficient Processor AMD 433 MHz with in built graphics card
Open Source Linux operating system (OS) free
Dual wi-fi antennas with 3 times normal range with mesh networking built in ( peer to peer between laptops )
Low power dual-mode display, which allows toggle between color and black-and-white screens which provides screen reading in direct sunlight in BW mode.
Multiple options for charging super efficient battery including hand crank charge, solar panel charge and even a pull-string recharger
Sealed waterproof green rubber keyboard
Still and motion capture camera

2008 China Summer Olympics Ends Aug. 24, 2008 : The 2008 Summer Olympics came to a close in Beijing, China. There were no major incidents or catastrophes during the games. The Chinese won the most gold medals, while the United States won the most medals overall.

2008 Iraq Suicide Bombing Aug. 24, 2008 : A suicide bombing in a part of Baghdad, Iraq killed twenty-five people on this day and injured another thirty. The attack was believed to be carried out by Al-Queda against Sunni Awakening groups.

China 2012 China New Chinese Bridge Collapses
24th August, 2012 : Three people died after the newly built Yangmingtan Bridge collapsed in Harbin City in China, poor construction and over-loading were blamed for the incident.

United States
2013 United States Broadway Actress Julie Harris Dies

24th August, 2013 : Broadway actress Julie Harris died at the age of eighty-seven. Harris was one of the holders of the record for most Tony Awards, she was also nominated for and won several Emmy Awards. Harris was also known for her movie and television roles in films like East of Eden and shows like Knot's Landing.