24th October

1901 – Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagra Falls in a barrel. (This is now popular among daredevils)

1911 – Orville Wright remains in the air for 9 minutes 45 seconds in a glider.

1929 –  Black Thursday stock market crash. People panic and sell all their shares as soon as possible to take what they can, causing others to do the same and the stocks to crash.

1945 – The UN is founded

1946 – The first photograph of Earth from space

2003 – Concorde makes its last commercial flight

2008 – Bloody Friday occurs, in which most of the world’s stock markets crash by around 10%. (It was a bad day for the stock markets in history. The second major crash to occur on this day)


Roman Abramovich – Russian Oil Businessman and Owner of Chelsea FC (1966)


Jane Seymour – Henry VIII’s third wife (d. 1537), George Cadbury – English Chocalatier (d. 1922), Louis Renault – Var Manufacturer (d. 1944)

Observances and Special Days

World Development Information Day


1857 – Sheffield football club (SFC) become the world’s first football club.

1892 – Goodison Park becomes the world’s first designated football stadium, and has always been home to Everton F.C.

Number 1s

Helen Shapiro – Walkin’ Back To Happiness (1961)

BeeGees – Massechusetts (1967)

Lieutenant Pigeon – Mouldy Old Dough (1972)

Olivia Newton John & John Travolta – Summer Nights (1978)

Meat Loaf – I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) (1993) (This song was a best seller for this year, topping the charts for 7 weeks – and it is a brilliant song, I love Meat Loaf!)

Westlife – Flying Without Wings (1999)

Eric Prydz – Call On Me (2004) (How many guys still watch this music video?)

2010 – What will be number 1 this year?

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