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Today in History
Today in History: Friday, October  24, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Oct. 24, 1962, the U.S. blockade of Cuba during the missile crisis began under a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy.
On this date in:
1648The Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years' War and, effectively, the Holy Roman Empire.
1861The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent from California to President Abraham Lincoln.
1931The George Washington Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey was dedicated.
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1940The 40-hour work week went into effect in the United States.
1945The United Nations charter took effect.
1952Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower declared, "I shall go to Korea" as he promised to end the conflict.
Audio LinkDwight D. Eisenhower
1992The Toronto Blue Jays became the first team outside the United States to win a World Series as they defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in Game 6.
2002Authorities arrested Army veteran John Allen Muhammad and teenager Lee Boyd Malvo in connection with the Washington-area sniper attacks. (Malvo was later sentenced to life in prison; Muhammad was sentenced to death and executed.)
2003The era of supersonic jet travel came to an end as three British Airways Concordes landed at London's Heathrow Airport.
2005Civil rights activist Rosa Parks died at age 92.
2007Facebook Inc. sold a 1.6 percent stake to Microsoft Corp. for $240 million, spurning a competing offer from Google Inc.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor Kevin Kline turns 67 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Y.A. TittleFootball Hall of Famer88
Bill WymanRock musician (Rolling Stones)78
F. Murray AbrahamActor ("Amadeus")75
Kweisi MfumeFormer NAACP president66
Jeff MerkleyU.S. senator, D-Ore.58
MonicaR&B singer, actress34
Casey WilsonActress, comedian ("Happy Endings")34
Shenae GrimesActress ("90210")25
Actress B.D. Wong ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit") turns 54 years old today.
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