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24th August


0079 Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the city of Pompeii in volcanic ash.

1572 Thousands of French Huguenots murdered in Paris under orders of Catherine de' Medici in the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre.

1759 * William Wilberforce, English philanthropist and anti-slavery campaigner.

1814 British troops invaded Washington destroying the Capitol building.

1903 * Graham Sutherland, English portrait painter.

1940 The Lancet reported the first purification of penicillin by Howard Florey and Ernest Chain.

1953 * Sam Torrance, Scottish golfer.

1954 Brazilian president Getulio Vargas resigned under pressure from the military and then committed suicide just hours later.

1958 * Steve Guttenberg, US comedy actor who starred in the Police Academy movies.

1967 Two penguins from Chessington Zoo were taken on a day trip to a local ice-rink to cool off during sweltering London temperatures.

1968 France became the world's fifth nuclear power as it exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific.

1985 A five-year-old boy is shot dead in a police raid on his home in Birmingham.

1990 The Irish hostage, Brian Keenan, was released in Beirut after more than four years in captivity.

1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the general secretary of the Communist Party after a failed coup attempt against him.

1993 Police in Los Angeles were investigating allegations of child abuse made against singer Michael Jackson.


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