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On this day: October 24

Published: Oct 23 2012 06:22:04 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 24 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

The first transcontinental telegraph message is sent, Harry Houdini gives his last performance, the United Nations is born, Jackie Robinson dies, and the Concorde makes its last commercial flight, all on this day.

OTD October 24 - Mount Vesuvius
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A.D. 79: Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, with the resulting eruption burying and destroying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing an estimated 16,000 people.

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