1st century history on the 24th of August

79 AD : Mount Vesuvius stratovolcano erupted in southern Italy, and buried the Roman settlements of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae. It was the most famous eruption, and one of the deadliest eruptions in European history. Official Pompeii websites : PompeiiSites.org | PompeiOnline.net

Vesuvius: The Catastrophe Of Pompeii : Lost World Of Pompeii (Timeline – World History Documentaries verified YouTube video channel) over 10 million views
1900s / 20th century history on the 24th of August

1929 : Yasser Arafat, the 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority, was born Mohammed Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf al-Qudwa al-Husseini in Cairo, Egypt (died in 2004 aged 75).

1932 : Amelia Earhart became the 1st woman to fly non-stop across the United States, from the West coast in Los Angeles to the East coast in Newark, New Jersey.

1938 : Mason Williams, the American classical guitarist, was born in Abilene, Texas, USA. He is best known for his instrumental hit single “Classical Gas” in 1968. Official website : MasonWilliams-online.com

Mason Williams performing Classical Gas – released in 1968 (video uploaded on YouTube by the Vintage Video Clips channel) over 800,000 views

1947 : Paulo Coelho, Brazilian author and songwriter, was born Paulo Coelho de Souza in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is best known is for writing the all-time best-selling book by a Brazilian writer, with The Alchemist novel, which sold over 150 million copies worldwide. Official website : PauloCoelhoBlog.com

Paulo Coelho: Hear What the Universe Is Telling You on SuperSoul Sunday ; on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN verified YouTube video channel) over 1 million views
The Alchemist book by Paulo Coelho summary & analysis (Course Hero verified YouTube video channel) over 100,000 views

1957 : Stephen Fry, the English actor and comedian, was born in Hampstead, London, England. Official website : StephenFry.com

Nicole Kidman is blown away by Stephen Fry’s Intelligence on The Graham Norton Show (The Graham Norton Show verified YouTube video channel) over 9 million views

1967 : The Youth International Party disrupted stock market trading at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) when they threw dollar bills from the viewing gallery, which caused stock trading to stop, when brokers frantically grabbed the money falling from above. The Youth International Party was led by Abbie Hoffman, an American political and social activist, who wanted to point out metaphorically all of the money grabbing done by the stock exchange traders.

Abbie Hoffman threw money inside the NY Stock Exchange (HistoryPod YouTube video channel)

1973 : Dave Chappelle, the American comedian and actor, was born in Washington, D.C., USA.

Why did Comedian Dave Chappelle walk away from $50 million?.. on The Oprah Winfrey Show (OWN verified YouTube video channel) over 5 million views

1981 : The murderer of John Lennon was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Mark Chapman is still imprisoned, after he was denied parole 11 times since 2000. He is due for his 12th parole hearing in August 2022.  

1995 : Microsoft Windows 95 was released for retail sale to the general public. The release of Windows 95 was promoted with commercial advertising featuring The Rolling Stones’ song “Start Me Up” (1981).

Windows 95 television ad on Australian TV in 1995 (video)
2000s / 21st century history on the 24th of August

2016 : Central Italy earthquake near Accumoli resulted in the deaths of 299 people, with 388 injured people, and 4500 people left homeless. The aftershocks were felt as far away as Rome and Florence.

Breaking News : Powerful earthquake rocked central Italy (CNN verified YouTube video channel)

2021 : Charlie Watts, the British drummer, died aged 80 (born in 1941). He is best known as one of the longest serving members of The Rolling Stones rock band, which he joined in 1963. Official website : RollingStones.com

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dead at 80 (ABC News verified YouTube video channel)

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