Today is Monday, Oct. 24, the 298th day of 2016 with 68 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter and Mercury. Evening stars are Venus, Saturn, Mars, Neptune and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include pioneering Dutch microscope maker Anton Van Leeuwenhoek in 1632; journalist Sarah Josepha Hale, author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," in 1788; attorney Belva Lockwood, the first woman candidate for U.S. president, nominated by the National Equal Rights Party, in 1830; film producer-director Merian Cooper (the original "King Kong") in 1893; playwright Moss Hart in 1904; cartoonist Bob Kane, creator of Batman, in 1915; football Hall of Fame member Y.A. Tittle in 1926 (age 90); entertainer J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson in 1930; former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman in 1936 (age 80); former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume in 1948 (age 68); actors David Nelson in 1936, F. Murray Abraham in 1939 (age 77) and Kevin Kline in 1947 (age 69); singer Monica (Arnold) in 1980 (age 36); model Tila Tequila in 1981 (age 35); and English soccer player Wayne Rooney in 1985 (age 31).
On this date in history:
In 1648, the Treaty of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years' War in Europe.
In 1861, the first telegram was transmitted across the United States from California Chief Justice Stephen Field to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in Washington.
In 1901, daredevil Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
In 1929, $5 billion in market values were swept away in the greatest selling wave in the history of the New York Stock Exchange. The Wall Street Crash of 1929 would mark the beginning of a 10-year Depression which would affect the entire Western world.
In 1931, New York City's George Washington Bridge opens to public traffic.
In 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays become the first Major League Baseball team based outside the United States to win the World Series.
In 1995, the United Nations marked its 50th anniversary with the largest gathering of world leaders in history.
In 2002, police arrested two suspects in a three-week series of Washington-area sniper attacks that killed 10 people and wounded three others. John Allen Muhammad, 41, and John Lee Malvo, 17, were found sleeping in a car at a rest stop near Frederick, Md. Both were convicted. Muhammad was executed and Malvo sentenced to life in prison.
In 2003, an era in aviation history ended when the supersonic Concorde took off from New York to London on its final flight.
In 2005, civil rights icon Rosa Parks died at age 92. Parks, an African-American, gave new impetus to the rights movement in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., bus.
In 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush nominated Ben Bernanke to replace Alan Greenspan as Federal Reserve Board chairman. Bernanke served two terms as boss of the Fed.
In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama declared a national emergency related to the outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu, to aid local authorities in dealing with the pandemic. Medical officials put the American death toll at 530 with thousands hospitalized.
In 2012, a 41-mile final stretch of Texas Highway 130, a toll road from Mustang Ridge, south of Austin, to Seguin, opened with the highest speed limit in the United States -- 85 mph.
In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said colored and cat-like "contact lenses" sold at Halloween stores can cause serious eye problems, mainly because people use them improperly.
In 2015, a two-year-old boy was among four people killed after a suspected drunk driver plowed into an Oklahoma State University homecoming parade in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
A thought for the day: "It ain't braggin' if you can back it up." -- Dizzy Dean