Historical Events on October 24

3963BC – Origin of Hevelius’ Mundane Era
1648 – Switzerland’s independence recognized
1836 – A. Phillips patents match
1856 – Constitution of South Australia adopted
1861 – 1st transcontinental telegram sent ending Pony Express
1861 – West Virginia seceded from Virginia
1882 – Dr. Robert Koch discovers germ that causes tuberculosis
1885 – Johann Strauss’ opera “Zigeunerbaron,” premieres in Vienna
1901 – 1st woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor)
1904 – 1st New York subway opens
1908 – Billy Murray hits the charts with “Take Me Outto the Ball Game”
1931 – George Washington Bridge connecting NY to NJ opens
1938 – US forbids child labor in factories
1939 – Benny Goodman records “Let’s Dance”
2003 – The Concorde made its last commercial flight, landing at Heathrow Airport, London
2008 – In the United States today is Mother-in-Law’s Day

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