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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 24 - This Day in History

August 24: General Interest
79: Vesuvius erupts

After centuries of dormancy, Mount Vesuvius erupts in southern Italy, devastating the prosperous Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing thousands. The cities, buried under a thick layer of volcanic material and mud, were never rebuilt and largely forgotten in the course of history. In the 18th century, Pompeii and Herculaneum were rediscovered and excavated, providing an unprecedented archaeological record of the everyday life of an ancient civilization, startlingly preserved in sudden death... read more

American Revolution
1776 : General Lee recognizes Georgia's value

1958 : Maria Teresa de Filippis races in Portuguese Grand Prix

Civil War
1828 : Confederate General George Steuart is born

Cold War
1954 : Congress passes Communist Control Act

1982 : A Wall Street scheme is hatched

2012 : Killer in Norway massacre is sentenced

79 : Eruption of Mount Vesuvius begins

General Interest
1572 : Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre

1814 : British capture and burn Washington

1821 : Spain accepts Mexican independence

1981 : John Lennon's killer sentenced

1936 : A.S. Byatt, author of Possession, is born

1974 : Paul Anka has a #1 hit with "(You're) Having My Baby"

Old West
1873 : Elusive Mount of the Holy Cross photographed

1814 : British troops set fire to the White House

1875 : Captain Webb swims English Channel

Vietnam War
1963 : Washington changes policy on support for President Diem

1969 : U.S. unit refuses commander's order

1970 : B-52s conduct heavy raids along the DMZ

World War I
1914 : Poet Alan Seeger volunteers in French army

World War II
1942 : Brave volunteers save the day in the Battle of the East Solomon Islands
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