UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

On Oct. 24, 2002, police arrested two suspects in a three-week series of Washington-area sniper attacks that killed 10 people and wounded three others.
By United Press International  |  Oct. 24, 2017 at 3:00 AM
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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2017 with 68 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Saturn.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include 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; cartoonist Bob Kane, creator of Batman, in 1915; football Hall of Fame member Y.A. Tittle in 1926; entertainer J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson in 1930; former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman in 1936 (age 81); actor David Nelson in 1936; actor F. Murray Abraham in 1939 (age 78); actor Kevin Kline in 1947 (age 70); former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume in 1948 (age 69); Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in 1954 (age 63); singer Monica (Arnold) in 1980 (age 37); model Tila Tequila in 1981 (age 36); pop singer Adrienne Bailon in 1983 (age 34); English soccer player Wayne Rooney in 1985 (age 32); singer Drake (Graham) in 1986 (age 31); American Olympic gold medal-winning ice dancer Charlie White in 1987 (age 30).


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 1962, the blockade of Cuba was in effect, with a ring of U.S. warships and planes under orders to block by whatever means, further aggressive arm deliveries to Fidel Castro.

In 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays become the first Major League Baseball team based outside the United States to win the World Series.

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 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall for the first time, in Jamaica, killing two people there. The storm would go on to cause tens of billions of dollars in the northeast United States and kill more than 200 people along its path.

In 2016, militants attacked a police training facility in Quetta, Pakistan, killing more than 60 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.


A thought for the day: "It ain't braggin' if you can back it up." -- Dizzy Dean

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