It’s the weekend! Welcome to it.
Each Saturday we like to open the pages of history and take a little “scroll down memory lane” to see what this day has brought us in years past.
So, grab a mug of your favorite morning sipping drink and we will peek back on the trail of October 24th’s that have lead us here:
Today is Saturday, October 24th, the 298th day of the year. There are 68 days until the end of the year.
On this day:
In 1901, daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She emerged from the 175-foot fall without any injuries.
In 1931, the George Washington Bridge opened for traffic. The bridge connects New York and New Jersey.
In 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
In 1945, the United Nations was formally established with the ratification of the United Nations Charter.
In 1963, the Beatles began their first tour outside Great Britain.
In 1972, Baseball Hall-of-Famer Jackie Robinson died at the age of 53. He broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 and was also the first African-American elected to the Hall of Fame.
In 1989, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was sentenced to 72 hours in jail, 120 hours of community service and $13 thousand in fines for slapping a police officer.
In 1991, “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry died on this date.
In 1994, actor Raul Julia died at the age of 54. He played the role of Gomez Addams in the two “Addams Family” films.
In 2005, Hurricane Wilma plowed into the state of Florida. The Category Three storm lashed the state with winds of 125-miles-an hour.
In 2005, civil rights icon Rosa Parks passed away in her sleep at her apartment in Detroit, Michigan.
In 2018, pipe bombs were sent to numerous Democrats including the Obamas, Clintons and CNN. None of them exploded.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bill Wyman is 84. (Born 1936) He was a member of the group The Rolling Stones.
And that is a quick look back on the days before this one. Thanks for taking the “scroll down memory lane” with us.
Here’s hoping your 10.24.2020 is one for the history books.
-The 715 Newsroom