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August 24 Historical Events

The following events took place on August 24. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 66 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 49 BC
    Julius Caesar’s general Gaius Scribonius Curio is defeated in the Battle of the Bagradas (49 BC) by the Numidians under Publius Attius Varus and King Juba of Numidia. Curio commits suicide to avoid capture.
  • 79
    Mount Vesuvius erupts. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae are buried in volcanic ash (note: this traditional date has been challenged, and many scholars believe that the event occurred on October 24).
  • 394
    The Graffito of Esmet-Akhom, the latest known inscription in Egyptian hieroglyphs, was written.
  • 410
    The Visigoths under king Alaric I begin to pillage Rome.
  • 455
    The Vandals, led by king Genseric, begin to plunder Rome. Pope Leo I requests Genseric not destroy the ancient city or murder its citizens. He agrees and the gates of Rome are opened. However, the Vandals loot a great amount of treasure.
  • 1185
    Sack of Thessalonica by the Normans.
  • 1200
    King John of England, signer of the first Magna Carta, marries Isabella of Angoulême in Bordeaux Cathedral.
  • 1215
    Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid.
  • 1349
    Six thousand Jews are killed in Mainz after being blamed for the bubonic plague.
  • 1391
    Jews are massacred in Palma de Mallorca.
  • 1456
    The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.
  • 1482
    The town and castle of Berwick upon Tweed is captured from Scotland by an English army
  • 1516
    The Ottoman Empire under Selim I defeats the Mamluk Sultanate and captures present-day Syria at the Battle of Marj Dabiq.
  • 1561
    Willem of Orange marries duchess Anna of Saxony.
  • 1608
    The first official English representative to India lands in Surat.
  • 1662
    The Act of Uniformity requires England to accept the Book of Common Prayer.
  • 1682
    William Penn receives the area that is now the state of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania.
  • 1690
    Job Charnock of the East India Company establishes a factory in Calcutta, an event formerly considered the founding of the city (in 2003 the Calcutta High Court ruled that the city has no birthday).
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: A small force of Pennsylvania militia is ambushed and overwhelmed by an American Indian group, which forces George Rogers Clark to abandon his attempt to attack Detroit.
  • 1812
    Peninsular War: A coalition of Spanish, British, and Portuguese forces succeed in lifting the two-and-a-half-year-long Siege of Cádiz.
  • 1814
    British troops invade Washington, D.C. and during the Burning of Washington the White House, the Capitol and many other buildings are set ablaze.
  • 1815
    The modern Constitution of the Netherlands is signed.
  • 1816
    The Treaty of St. Louis is signed in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1820
    Constitutionalist insurrection at Oporto, Portugal.
  • 1821
    The Treaty of Córdoba is signed in Córdoba, now in Veracruz, Mexico, concluding the Mexican War of Independence from Spain.
  • 1857
    The Panic of 1857 begins, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in United States history.
  • 1858
    In Richmond, Virginia, 90 blacks are arrested for learning. - needs to be explained/expanded-->
  • 1870
    The Wolseley expedition reaches Manitoba to end the Red River Rebellion.
  • 1875
    Captain Matthew Webb became first person to swim the English Channel
  • 1891
    Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera.

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