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This Day In History – October 24, 2011

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Anything good happen on this day in history?  Let’s take a look! 

1901 The first person goes over Niagara Falls in a barrel and lives to tell about.

1931 The George Washington Bridge is officially dedicated. It opens to traffic the next day.

1940 The 40-hour work week goes into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

1945 The United Nations officially comes into existence as its charter takes effect.

1949 Construction begins on U.N. headquarters in New York.

1969 Richard Burton buys a million dollar diamond for wife Elizabeth Taylor. The 69.42 carat diamond from Cartier in New York is, at the time, the world’s most expensive diamond.

1973 “Kojak” premieres.

1980 Paul McCartney receives a special disc from officials with the “Guinness Book of World Records” for being the best-selling songwriter and recording artist of all time.

1989 Zsa Zsa Gabor is sentenced to 72 hours in jail for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer. She also is ordered to perform 120 hours of community service at a women’s shelter.

2000 “My Kind of Christmas” CD by Christina Aguilera is released.

2001 O.J. Simpson is acquitted in Miami of grabbing another driver’s glasses and scratching the man’s face in a road-rage argument.

2004 A plane owned by Hendrick Motorsports crashes on its way to a NASCAR race, killing 10 people, including the son, brother and two nieces of owner Rick Hendrick.

2005 Rosa Parks, 92, dies at her home of natural causes.

2006 Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut CD is released.

Today: United Nations Day

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