August 24

79

Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

1572

70,000 French Protestants, or Huguenots, were killed in the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre.

1814

The British set fire to the White House and the Capitol when they invaded Washington, DC during the War of 1812.

1821

Mexico gained its independence from Spain with the Treaty of Cordoba.

1949

The North Atlantic Treaty went into effect.

1968

France became the world's fifth nuclear power as it exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific.

1989

Pete Rose was banned from baseball for gambling.

1991

Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the general secretary of the Communist Party after a failed coup attempt against him.

1992

Hurricane Andrew hit Florida, causing record damage.

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