Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/October 24
This is a list of selected October 24 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled October 24, 2015 featured article or the October 24, 2015 featured picture.
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|1260 – The Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France, was dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX.||unreferenced section|
|1360 – The Treaty of Brétigny was ratified at Calais, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years' War.||incomplete, refimprove|
|1861 – The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States was completed from Omaha, Nebraska, to Carson City, Nevada, spelling the end of the Pony Express.||needs more footnotes, lead too short|
|1929 – Wall Street Crash of 1929||Featured on October 29|
|1960 – A prototype of the Soviet R-16 intercontinental ballistic missile exploded on the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome near Tyuratam, Kazakh SSR, killing at least 90 people.||needs more footnotes|
|1964 – Northern Rhodesia gained independence from the United Kingdom and was renamed Zambia after the Zambezi river which flows through the country.||refimprove section|
- 1260 – Qutuz, Mamluk sultan of Egypt, was assassinated by a fellow Mamluk leader, Baibars, who then seized power for himself.
- 1795 – As a result of the Third Partition of Poland, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth ceased to exist as an independent state as its territory was divided between Austria, Prussia, and Russia.
- 1857 – Sheffield F.C., the world's oldest association football club still in operation, was founded.
- 1931 – The George Washington Bridge, today the world's busiest motor vehicle bridge, connecting New York City to Fort Lee, New Jersey, was dedicated.
- 1945 – The UN Charter, the constitution of the United Nations, entered into force after being ratified by the Republic of China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and a majority of the other signatories.
- 1949 – The cornerstone of the United Nations Headquarters building in New York City was laid.
- 2007 – Chang'e 1, the first satellite in the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
- 1648 – The second treaty of the Peace of Westphalia, the Treaty of Münster, was signed, ending both the Thirty Years' War and the Dutch Revolt, and officially recognizing the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands and Swiss Confederation as independent states.
- 1851 – William Lassell (pictured) discovered the Uranian moons Umbriel and Ariel.
- 1912 – First Balkan War: Serbian forces defeated the Ottoman army at the Battle of Kumanovo in Vardar Macedonia.
- 1944 – World War II: The Imperial Japanese battleship Musashi, one of the heaviest and most powerfully armed ever constructed, was sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
- 1964 – The military court of South Vietnamese junta chief Nguyen Khanh acquitted Generals Dương Văn Đức and Lâm Văn Phát of leading a coup attempt against Khanh, despite the pair's proclamation of his overthrow during their military action.