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On This Day — August 24th

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August 24th is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 129 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

410 – Rome was sacked for the first time in approximately 800 years, by the Visigoths under Alaric I.

1812 – Peninsular War: Seeing that his army was in danger of being cut off, French commander Jean-de-Dieu Soult retreated from Cádiz, ending a 30-month siege.

1892 – Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, one of the world’s first purpose-built football grounds, opened.

1941 – Adolf Hitler ordered the suspension of the T4 euthanasia program of the mentally ill and disabled, although killings continued in secret for the remainder of the war.

1992 – Hurricane Andrew made landfall in South Florida, the third most intense Category 5 system to hit the United States during the 20th century.

Celebrity Birthdays

WWE’s Vince McMahon turns 73

Stephen Fry turns 61

Ava DuVernay turns 46

Dave Chappelle turns 45

Rupert Grint turns 30

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