Today In History – 24 August 2020

Today In History – 24 August 2020

Learn what happened today in history around the world including major events across the world!

Year: 79

Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Roman Pompeii and Herculaneum, 15,000 die

Year: 410

Rome overrun by Visigoths under Alaric I for the first time in nearly 800 years, seen as the fall of the Western Roman Empire

Year: 1391

Jews of Palma, Mallorca, massacred

Year: 1516

Battle of Marj Dabiq: Ottoman forces decisively beat the Mamluk Sultanate

Year: 1572

St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of Protestants by Roman Catholics begins in Paris and later spreads to the French provinces

Year: 1600

 East India Company’s first ship ‘HECTOR’ reached at Surat Port.

Year: 1608

1st English convoy lands at Surat, India

Year: 1662

Act of Uniformity requires English to accept Book of Common Prayer

Year: 1682

Calcutta city was established.

Year: 1690

Job Charnock sets up East India Company HQ camp by Kalikata village (modern Calcutta)

24 August

Year: 1704

Battle of Málaga: largest naval battle in the War of the Spanish Succession; Tactically indecisive but a Grand Alliance strategic victory

Year: 1789

French Revolution: The National Assembly proclaims freedom of speech

Year: 1814

British forces capture Washington, D.C. and destroy many landmarks (War of 1812)

Year: 1853

1st potato chips prepared by chef George Crum at Moon’s Lake House, near Saratoga Springs, New York (popular legend says he invented though earlier recipes exist)

Year: 1857

 The Panic of 1857 begins, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in U.S. history.

Year: 1911

Manuel d’Arriaga elected first president of Portugal

Year: 1912

District of Alaska becomes an organized incorporated territory of the United States

Year: 1949

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) goes into effect

Year: 1968

France becomes the world’s fifth thermonuclear power with a detonation on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific

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