August 24, 1992 -- Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida, causing record damage; 55 deaths in Florida, Lousisiana, and the Bahamas.
August 24, 79 -- Mount Vesuvius erupted. Burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash. An estimated 20,000 people died.
August 24, 1456 -- The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.
August 24, 1572 -- The slaughter of French Protestants at the hands of Catholics began in Paris. King Charles IX of France, under the sway of his mother, Catherine de Medici, orders the assassination of Huguenot Protestant leaders in Paris, setting off an orgy of killing that results in the massacre of tens of thousands of Huguenots all across France.
Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre
August 24, 1776 -- American General Charles Lee informs congress that Georgia was more valuable than he had originally suspected.
August 24, 1814 -- British forces invaded Washington, D.C. and set fire to the Capitol and the White House.
August 24, 1828 -- Confederate General George Steuart is born.
August 24, 1891 -- Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera.
August 24, 1912 -- Territory of Alaska organizes.
August 24, 1932 -- Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly nonstop across the United States, traveling from Los Angeles to Newark, NJ in just over 19 hours.
August 24, 1942 -- Brave volunteers save the day in the Battle of the East Solomon Islands. On this day in 1942, U.S. forces continue to deliver crushing blows to the Japanese, sinking the aircraft carrier Ryuho in the Battle of the East Solomon Islands. Key to the Americans' success in this battle was the work of coastwatchers, a group of volunteers whose job it is to report on Japanese ship
and aircraft movement.
August 24, 1954 -- The Communist Control Act went into effect, virtually outlawing the Communist Party in the United States.
August 24, 1981 -- Mark David Chapman was sentenced in New York to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of rock musician John Lennon.
August 24, 1989 -- Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti banned Pete Rose from the game for gambling.
August 24, 2007 -- James Ford Seale, a reputed Ku Klux Klansman, was sentenced to three life terms for his role in the 1964 abduction and murder of two black teenagers in Mississippi.
A few birthdays for today ---
Kenny Baker (R2D2 in "Star Wars") 78
Anne Archer (actress) 65
Mike Huckabee (former governor of Arkansas) 57
Steve Guttenberg (actor) 54
Cal Ripken, Jr. (Baseball Hall of Famer) 52
Marlee Matlin (actress) 47
Music history for today --
1964 - The Beatles released "Matchbox/Slow Down."
1968 - Keith Moon (The Who) drove a Lincoln into the pool of a Holiday Inn in Flint, MI.
1978 - Bruce Springsteen appeared on the cover of "Rolling Stone."
2004 - It was reported that the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum had acquired a Gibson L-5 accoustic guitar that had once been owned by "Mother Maybelle" Carter.
More info can be found at "On This Day"