28 fun facts for October, 24

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
October 24th is a day of significant achievements, from the United Nations Day and World Development Information Day to the discovery of two moons of Uranus by William Lassell in 1851. The day also marks historical events like the completion of the first transcontinental telegram in 1861, Anna Edson Taylor's daring journey over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1901, and the Fair Labor Standards Act initiating the 40-hour workweek in 1940.
28 Fun facts
  1. United Nations Day: October 24th is celebrated as United Nations Day, commemorating the anniversary of the UN Charter coming into force in 1945. It's an opportunity to honor the organization's work in promoting peace, human rights, and sustainable development worldwide.
  2. World Development Information Day: This day was established to recognize the importance of information in promoting development and progress at both national and international levels. It encourages countries to share knowledge and technologies directly with the UN to foster growth and partnerships.
  3. In 1861, the first transcontinental telegram was sent: The message was sent by Western Union and stretched across the United States, connecting California with the Eastern coast. Completion of the telegraph line revolutionized communication in a world that had previously relied on stagecoaches and the Pony Express.
  4. In 1851, William Lassell discovered two moons of Uranus: English astronomer William Lassell discovered Ariel and Umbriel, two of Uranus's moons. At the time, these were the first new satellites discovered since Galileo observed Jupiter's four largest moons in 1610.
  5. In 1926, Harry Houdini gave his last performance: The famous magician and escape artist performed his final show at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit. Just a week later, on Halloween night, he passed away due to peritonitis from a ruptured appendix.
  6. In 1901, Anna Edson Taylor went over Niagara Falls in a barrel: The retired schoolteacher became the first person to successfully survive the journey over the famous waterfall. She completed the stunt to secure financial security for herself and lived on to promote her accomplishment.
  7. In 1931, Gangster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion: Notorious gangster Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for tax evasion charges. The decision marked a significant victory for law enforcement, as they struggled to decipher his other criminal activities.
  8. In 1946, Aachen became the first German city to receive a democratically elected mayor after World War II: Dr. Hermann Heusch was elected as Aachen's mayor, making it the first German city to establish post-war democratic governance.
  9. In 1994, Rosyln McLeod Baker became the first woman to refuel an F-16: Baker, a US Air Force Sergeant, accomplished this milestone during Exercise Skyfest in Australia, breaking barriers and setting an example for women in the military.
  10. In 2003, Concorde made its final commercial flight: British Airways' supersonic passenger jet, known for its iconic shape and ability to travel faster than the speed of sound, took its last trip from New York to London.
  11. In 2019, Chile canceled the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit scheduled for November due to ongoing anti-government protests.
  12. In 2016, Wonder Woman became the UN's honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls: The fictional superhero served as a symbol for gender equality and female empowerment.
  13. In 1949, construction of the United Nations Headquarters began in New York City: This international organization now serves as a hub for global diplomacy and peacekeeping efforts.
  14. In 1964, Zambia gained its independence from the United Kingdom: The Southern African nation celebrated its newfound freedom, with Kenneth Kaunda serving as its first president.
  15. In 2008, Iceland became the first western country to receive financial aid from Russia since the end of the Cold War: This came during the global financial crisis, with Russia granting Iceland a €4 billion loan.
  16. In 1648, the Peace of Westphalia was signed, ending the Thirty Years' War in Europe: This series of treaties also marked the beginning of the modern international system based on sovereign states.
  17. In 1975, the music group Queen released their iconic single "Bohemian Rhapsody": This song went on to become one of the most famous and well-loved rock anthems of all time.
  18. In 2003, Microsoft launched the Windows XP Media Center Edition: This special edition of the operating system was designed to be used in multimedia-focused computers and integrated television viewing and recording capabilities.
  19. In 1947, Walt Disney testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee: He joined other Hollywood figures in discussing allegations of communism within the film industry.
  20. In 1954, Dwight D. Eisenhower pledged support for the peaceful use of atomic energy during a speech to the United Nations: This marked a new approach in promoting nuclear energy as a resource for peace, rather than destruction.
  21. In 1877, inventor Thomas Edison completed the first working phonograph: The device played sound recordings on cylindrical records, revolutionizing the music industry.
  22. In 1908, Billy Murray and Ada Jones recorded "Shine on, Harvest Moon": Their rendition of the popular vaudeville song became widely recognized and established the tune as a beloved classic.
  23. In 1980, John Lennon released his album "Double Fantasy" with wife Yoko Ono: The album went on to win a Grammy for Album of the Year after Lennon's tragic assassination in December 1980.
  24. In 1962, the U.S. imposed a naval blockade on Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis: This move by President John F. Kennedy marked a significant escalation in the standoff between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
  25. In 1929, Wall Street experienced "Black Thursday": This was the beginning of the infamous stock market crash that led to the Great Depression, lasting several years.
  26. In 1911, pioneering female pilot Harriet Quimby earned her pilot's license: She became the first licensed female pilot in the United States, paving the way for women in aviation.
  27. In 2005, civil rights icon Rosa Parks passed away: Parks is best remembered for her pivotal role in the fight against racial segregation in the American South by refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus in 1955.
  28. In 1940, the 40-hour workweek was introduced in the United States: The Fair Labor Standards Act established the new norm that is still widely followed today.