Daily Calendar for Monday, August 24, 2020

Born

  • Geoffrey Plantagenet(Count of Anjou)–
  • Alexander II of Scotland–
  • RenΓ© LΓ©vesque(Quebec premier)–
  • Louis Teicher(pianist)–
  • A. S. Byatt(novelist)–
  • Mason Williams(composer)–
  • Gregory Jarvis(civil engineer)–
  • Jim Capaldi(musician)–
  • Gerry Cooney(boxer)–
  • Steve Guttenberg(actor)–
  • Cal Ripken Jr.(baseball player)–
  • Reggie Miller(basketball player)–
  • Marlee Matlin(actress)–
  • Chad Michael Murray(actor)–
  • Rupert Grint(actor)–

Died

  • Scott Nearing(philosopher)–
  • Jerry Clower(Grand Ole Opry humorist)–
  • E. G. Marshall(actor)–
  • Richard Attenborough(actor)–

Events

  • British troops set the White House on fire during the War of 1812–
  • Treaty of Cordoba signed, granting Mexico independence from Spain–
  • Cornelius Swarthout patented the waffle iron–
  • Mt. Vesuvius erupted and Pompeii was destroyed–
  • Mark David Chapman sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of John Lennon–
  • For the final episode of CBS’s first Survivor program, approximately 51 million people (41% of America’s viewing public) watched Richard Hatch win the $1 million prize–
  • Julie Krone became the first female jockey to win a million-dollar race in the U.S. when she finished first in the Pacific Classic in Del Mar, CA, mounted atop her horse Candy Ride–
  • GPS navigation signals off by up to 3 feet for 3 hours due to rocket-made ionospheric hole–

Weather

  • The temperature at Saint Cloud, Minnesota, was 37 degrees F–
  • Thunderstorms dropped five to seven inches of rain on Long Island, New York, closing major highways–
  • Hurricane Andrew came ashore damaging South Florida–
  • Twisters, heavy rain, and hail as big as grapefruit struck the Dakotas–

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