Today it’s Sunday October 24, the 297th day of 2021. There are 68 days left in the year.
The highlight of today’s story:
On October 24, 1940, the 40-hour work week came into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
In 1648, the Peace of Westphalia (west-FAY’-lee-uh) ended the Thirty Years’ War and effectively destroyed the Holy Roman Empire.
In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent by Chief Justice Stephen J. Field of California from San Francisco to President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, DC, on a line built by the Western Union Telegraph Co.
In 1931, the George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, was officially opened (it was opened to traffic the next day).
In 1945, the United Nations officially came into being with the entry into force of its charter.
In 1962, a Cuban naval quarantine ordered by President John F. Kennedy went into effect during the Missile Crisis.
In 1972, Hall of Fame member Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier of the modern era of Major League Baseball in 1947, died in Stamford, Connecticut, at the age of 53.
In 1989, former television evangelist Jim Bakker (BAY’-kur) was sentenced by a judge in Charlotte, North Carolina, to 45 years in prison for fraud and conspiracy. (The sentence was later reduced to eight years; it was further reduced to four for good behavior.)
In 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. Team to win the World Series, beating the Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in Game 6.
In 1996, TyRon Lewis, 18, a black motorist, was shot dead by police during a traffic stop in St. Petersburg, Florida; the incident sparked riots. (Officer James Knight, who said Lewis swerved him several times with his car, knocking him over the hood, was cleared by a grand jury and the Department of Justice.)
In 2002, authorities apprehended John Allen Muhammad and teenage Lee Boyd Malvo near Myersville, Md., During sniper attacks in the Washington area. (Malvo was later sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, but Maryland’s highest court agreed to reconsider that sentence in 2022; Muhammad was sentenced to death and executed in 2009.)
In 2005, civil rights icon Rosa Parks died in Detroit at the age of 92.
In 2007, growing internet star Facebook Inc. sold a 1.6 percent stake to Microsoft Corp. for $ 240 million, fending off a competing offer from online search leader Google Inc.
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama offered mortgage relief to hundreds of thousands of Americans during a visit to Las Vegas. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Visiting Yokota Air Base in Japan, Lashes Out at North Korea for “Reckless and Provocative” Acts and Slams China for Secret Expansion of Military Power .
Five years ago: Campaigning on the Florida battlefield, a provocative Donald Trump blamed his campaign struggles on “disgusting” media “phony polls”. Hillary Clinton and Senator Elizabeth Warren pounded Trump, accusing him of disrespecting women and denigrating US troops aiding the Iraqis in their efforts to retake the city of Mosul. Pop idol Bobby Vee, 73, has died in Rogers, Minnesota.
One year ago: A North Carolina health official has ordered a large church to temporarily close its doors over fears it may help spread the coronavirus by ignoring social distancing measures. Despite the increase in cases across the country and more infections in the White House, President Donald Trump assured supporters crowded side by side in a trio of rallies that “we are coming to the turning point” of the coronavirus; he mocked challenger Joe Biden for sounding the alarm on the pandemic. Heavily protected crews in Washington state worked to destroy the first deadly hornet’s nest found in the United States.
Today’s birthdays: Rock musician Bill Wyman is 85 years old. Actor F. Murray Abraham is 82 years old. Director-screenwriter David S. Ward is 76 years old. Actor Kevin Kline is 74 years old. Kweisi Mfume, congressman and former NAACP president (kwah-EE’-see oom-FOO ‘-may) is 73 years old. Actor Doug Davidson is 67 years old. BD actor Wong is 61 years old. Actor Zahn McClarnon is 55 years old. Singer Michael Trent (American duo Shovels & Rope) is 44 years old. Rock musician Ben Gillies (Silverchair) is 42 years old. Singer-actor Monica Arnold is 41 years old. Actor-comedian Casey Wilson is 41 years old. Adrienne Bailon Houghton, R&B singer, actor and co-host of “The Real”, is 38 years old. Actor Tim Pocock is 36 years old. R&B singer-rapper-actor Drake is 35 years old. Actress Shenae Grimes is 32 years old. Actress Eliza Taylor is 32 years old. Actor Ashton Sanders (Movie: “Moonlight”) is 26 years old. Olympic gold medalist gymnast Kyla Ross is 25 years old. Actor Hudson Yang is 18 years old.
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