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August 24th marks a day brimming with a variety of observances, from the quirky to the historical. On this day, people from different walks of life may find something to celebrate.

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Interesting Facts of August 24th

  1. 1. Mount Vesuvius erupted on August 24th, AD 79, destroying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Thousands of people perished in the catastrophe, and the event was chronicled by Pliny the Younger.
  2. 2. On August 24th, 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces captured Washington, D.C., and set fire to many public buildings, including the White House (then called the Presidential Mansion) and the Capitol.
  3. 3. Thomas Edison patented the motion picture camera, which was called the Kinetograph on August 24th, 1891. This invention played a crucial role in the development of the film industry.
  4. 4. Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey) on August 24th, 1932.
  5. 5. August 24th is Independence Day in Ukraine, which marks the day in 1991 when the Ukrainian parliament declared independence from the Soviet Union after a failed coup in Moscow.