TODAY IN HISTORY: 10/24

1911 - Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.

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1926 - Harry Houdini's last performance, which was at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
1931 - Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion
1963 - Sandy Koufax is unanimous winner of Cy Young Award
2008 - "Bloody Friday" saw many of the world's stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY / ANNIVERSARY TO:

1940 - F Murray Abraham, Pittsburgh PA, actor (Amadeus, Mad Man)
1947 - Kevin Kline, St Louis, actor (Sophie's Choice, Big Chill)
1983 - Brian Vickers, American race car driver

GOODBYE TO:

1972 - Jackie Robinson, 1st black baseball player (Bkln Dodgers), dies at 53
1991 - Gene Roddenberry, creator (Star Trek), dies of cardiac arrest at 70
1994 - Raul Julia, actor (Addams Family), dies of stroke at 54
2005 - Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist, dies of natural causes at 92

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