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24 Oct, 1934 - The MacRobertson Trophy Air Race
1934 : The MacRobertson Trophy Air Race with a prize of over $75,000 starts from RAF Mildenhall in East Anglia to Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, aircraft entered from all over the world including America, Holland, Argentina. New Zealand, Australia and more. The race was over 11,000 miles with stops at at Baghdad, Allahabad, Singapore, Darwin and Charleville, Queensland. A British built de Havilland DH.88 Comet piloted by C.W.A. Scott, T. Campbell Black won the race with an elapsed time of 71hr 0.

24 Oct, 1929 - U.S.A. Wall Street Crash (Black Thursday)
1929 : One week before the Wall Street Crash an indication of things to come on "Black Thursday" right at the end of the Twenties when investors on the New York Stock Exchange dumped 13 million shares causing shares to plummet.
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24 Oct, 1931 - George Washington Bridge
1931 : The George Washington Bridge was opened to traffic, connecting the states of New York and New Jersey.
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24 Oct, 1901 - Canada Niagara Falls
1901 : The first successful barrel ride over Niagara Falls occurred when Anna Edson Taylor, a school teacher, rode safely over the Falls today in a barrel. The ride through the rapids took 18 minutes.
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24 Oct, 1921 - U.S.A. New Lower Taxes
1921 : An amendment to lower the taxes paid on income was defeated today with a majority of 46 to 28 in the Senate.
The current rate of Taxation is:
4% on income up to $4,000
8% on income from $4000
The new amendment contained the following Tax thresholds:
2% on income up to $5,000
4% on income from $5,000 to $10,000
6% on income from $10,000 to $15,000
8% on all income over $15,000

24 Oct, 1931 - George Washington Bridge Opens
1931 : The upper level of the George Washington Bridge able to carry six lanes of traffic, connecting New York and New Jersey, opened to traffic. Work on the bridge on behalf of the Port of New York Authority had begun in October 1927.

24 Oct, 1939 - Germany Star of David
1939 : New Rules by Nazis require Jews to wear star of David often yellow-colored to identify Jewish People. The requirement to wear the Star of David with the word Jude (German for Jew) inscribed was then extended to all Jews over the age of 6 in the Reichland.
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24 Oct, 1940 - 40 Hour Working Week
1940 : Due to the passing of the Fair Labor Standards Act (29 U.S. Code Chapter 8) in 1938 part of the New Deal the 40-hour working week goes into effect.

24 Oct, 1942 - World War II El Alemain
1942 : A much refreshed and rearmed British 8th Army charged into the Axis El Alemain line today in an offensive sprung in the night by land sea and air which will prove to be the turning point in the war in Egypt.

24 Oct, 1945 - U.S.A. United Nations
1945 : The United Nations is formally established as a new international body to maintain peace in the postwar world when its charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and a majority of other signatories.

24 Oct, 1947 - Great Britain Train Crash
1947 : Heavy fog and a mistake by a signalman causes two rush hour commuter trains to collide in South Croydon, killing 32 people.

24 Oct, 1964 - U.S.A. Food Stamp Program
1964 : The Department of Agriculture is expand the food stamp program to include 41 states. The program works by allowing those in need to buy food stamps for $6.00 which are worth $10.00 worth of food. The New cities to be included in the program include Chicago, Denver, Baltimore, Minneapolis and Cincinnati.

24 Oct, 1973 - Egypt Yom Kippur War
October 24th, 1973 : The Yom Kippur War ends when all sides agree to a ceasefire, the war had started on October 6th when a surprise joint attack by Egypt and Syria crossing the (1967 5 day war) ceasefire lines in the Sinai and Golan Heights on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. After initial success by Egypt and Syria Israel had surrounded and trapped the Egyptian Third Army which forced the ceasefire following pressure from the Soviet Union on the Arab countries and pressure from America on Israel.

24 Oct, 1998 - Philippines Typhoon Babs
1998 : As reports are coming out from the Philippines from Typhoon Babs, the cost in human lives has now reached more than 100 and nearly 100,000 people forced to leave their homes. The damage to crops which are an important part of the Philippine economy is estimated at over 20 million dollars.

24 Oct, 2001 - Switzerland Fire In Gotthard Road Tunnel
October 24th, 2001 : Following an accident between two lorries deep in the Gotthard Road Tunnel which is the main route from Zurich through the Alps to Northern Italy, a massive fire starts causing part of the tunnel roof to collapse, early estimates put the death toll at 10. The tunnel traffic has increased in the last two years following the closure of the Mont Blanc Tunnel in 1999 after 39 die in that tunnel fire.

24 Oct, 2002 - Washington Snipers Arrested
2002 : Authorities arrest John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo when they are found sleeping in their car at a rest stop off Interstate 70 near Myersville, Maryland, and arrested on federal weapons charges and investigations begin in connection with the Washington-area sniper attacks.

24 Oct, 2003 - Great Britain Concorde
October 24th, 2003 : Concorde makes its final commercial passenger flight, traveling at twice the speed of sound from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport.

24 Oct, 2005 - U.S.A. Rosa Parks
2005 : Civil rights activist Rosa Parks died today of natural causes at the age of 92. Her refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955 triggered a bus boycott that would mark the start of the modern civil rights movement.
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24 Oct, 2008 - Iceland IMF Aid
October 24th, 2008 : The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is to give aid to Iceland worth about $2.1bn (£1.3bn; 1.58bn euros). The aid is required because after the country was forced to take over three of its biggest, debt-laden banks this month. Iceland is the first Western country to have approached the IMF for aid since 1976. Many are predicting that other countries will follow next year including Greece.

24 Oct, 2009 - US Bank Closures Reaches 100
2009 : The number of banks now closed this year reaches 100 following the closure of three banks in Florida this week.

24 Oct, 2009 - H1N1 Declared National Emergency
October 24th, 2009 : US President has signed a proclamation declaring the H1N1 swine flu a national emergency, in a move to help medical teams handle the outbreak allowing authorities to bypass certain federal requirements in order to deal more effectively with emergencies.

24 Oct, 2011 - Javan Rhinos Classified as Extinct in Vietnam
2011 : Officials stated that the last Javan Rhino was most likely killed by a poacher because its horn had been removed and it had been shot in the leg. Research during the previous few years had concluded that based on genetic tests done on dung samples, there was probably only one Javan Rhino left in Vietnam. The overall global population of Javan Rhinos was now estimated at less than fifty.

24 Oct, 2012 - Man Dies in Shark Attack
October 24th, 2012 : Francisco Javier Solorio Jr, a thirty-nine year old surfer, died after being attacked by a shark at Surf Beach in California.

24 Oct, 2013 - Ethiopia Bans Workers From Going Abroad
2013 : It was reported that Ethiopia temporarily banned its own citizens from traveling abroad in order to find work. Officials stated that the decision was made to help the welfare of the country's citizens and reduce problems with human trafficking.

Born This Day In History 24th October

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Robert Pickton
Born: 24th October, 1942, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Known For : Mr Pickton a pig farmer from Port Coquitlam near Vancouver is Canada's worst serial killer who was accused of murdering 26 sex workers and drug addicts in Vancouver's poorest neighborhood, the Downtown Eastside. He was eventually convicted of the second-degree murders of six women. During his trial the Crown stated he confessed to forty-nine murders to an undercover police officer posing as a cell mate. He is currently serving life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 25 years – the longest sentence available under Canadian law.

Wayne Rooney
Born: 24th October, 1985, Liverpool, England
Known For : Renowned British football player who plays for Manchester United and has won over 15 trophies during his career. Some of Rooney's honors include being Manchester United and the English National Team's all time top goalscorer.