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On The Way To Today...   October 24th

1836 - Alonzo D. Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts obtained a patent for phosphorous friction safety matches.

1861 - For the first time in the United States, telegrams were sent coast to coast. First in line to send a message was California Justice Stephen J. Field, who sent a message to President Abraham Lincoln.

1897 - "The New York Journal's" first regular comic strip was printed. The strip was called "The Yellow Kid".

1901 - Annie Edson Taylor of Bay City, Michigan went over Niagara Falls in a barrel on her 43rd birthday. She was the first person to live to tell about her adventure; but she was one of many people to try. Ironicly, Annie couldnít swim.

1929 - "The Rudy Vallee Show" was first broadcast on NBC radio. The show had several different titles over the years, all of which were called "The Rudy Vallee Show" by the public. Into the 1940s, Rudy, his megaphone, and his Connecticut Yankees band were mainstays on radio.

1929 - Black Thursday got its name when Wall Street investors panicked and ordered their stock brokers to sell all their shares. Nearly 13 million shares traded hands, sending stock prices plummeting. By late afternoon, many stocks recovered, but the stage was set for the stock market crash on October 29th, which would start the Great Depression.

1931 - The George Washington Bridge opened linking New York City with New Jersey. The bridge, a famous landmark in New York, has been featured in many movies and television shows. The toll to get across the bridge was supposed to be a temporary means to cover costs, but frequent repairs and paint jobs on such a large bridge just keeps costing so the toll stayed. The bridge is still being painted.

1939 - On Columbia Reocrds, the Benny Goodman Band recorded "Letís Dance", which became the band's theme song .

1939 - In Wilmington, Delaware, womenís nylon stockings went on sale for the first time at Wilmington Dry Goods. The inventor of nylon, the Dupont Company, is based in Wilmington.

1951 - When "The Fourposter" debuted on Broadway, Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy starred.

1952 - In Detroit, Michigan, General Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his famous speech about Korea where he promised, if elected President, to go to Korea and seek "an early settlement to the war". He won the election and he kept his promise.

1955 - The Boxing Hall of Fame was dedicated in New York.

1959 - Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain started a record streak for professional basketball when he played in 799 consecutive games; and didnít foul out in any of them.

1960 - For the second time that year, Brenda Lee went to #1 with "I Want to be Wanted". The fifteen year old singer had a good year in 1960; in addition to her first #1 hit, "Iím Sorry" on July 18, Lee had two other songs on the charts: "Sweet Nothinís" that hit #4 on April 18 and "Thatís All You Gotta Do" that hit #6 on July 4.

1964 - Leader of the Pack, recorded by the female group The Shangri-Las, entered Billboard's pop record charts. It was on the charts for 10 weeks, and was the Number 1 song for a week.

1973 - The popular police drama, Kojak, starring Telly Savalas, debuted on this date on CBS.

1975 - Former Beatle, John Lennon, debuted his greatest hits album named "Shaved Fish".

1976 - Mark Hill of Lawton, Oklahoma bowled a perfect 300 game on ABCís "Pro Bowlers Tournament". The American Bowling Congress says Hillís dad rolled a perfect game on February 15, 1975 and his mom bowled a 300 game on August 4, 1975.

1977 - Gary Busey, a ringer for the fallen rockstar Buddy Holly, began filming "The Buddy Holly Story".

1979 - Paul McCartney was included in The Guinness Book of World Records as the "most honoured man in music".

1987 - Michael Jackson's single, Bad, hit Number 1 on Billboard's record charts on stayed there 2 weeks.

1989 - Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, reportedly age 66, was sentenced after being found guilty of slapping a police officer. The policeman had pulled Gabor over the previous June, as she had been driving erratically. She testified that she instinctively struck out after the officer "roughed" her up. . Municipal Judge Charles Rubin sentenced the former Hungarian beauty queen to 72 hours in county jail, $2,937.50 in fines and penalties, and $10,000 in restitution, as well as 120 hours of community service.

1992 - A baseball team not from the United States won the World Series in a first for baseball. The Toronto Blue Jays of Canada won the title in the sixth game of the series, beating the Atlanta Braves, 4 games to two.

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