October 24

1648

The treaties for the Peace of Westphalia were signed, ending the Thirty Years War, ultimately destroying the Holy Roman Empire, and ushering in the modern European state system.

1901

Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

1931

The George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, opened to traffic.

1939

Nylon stockings were sold publicly for the first time, in Wilmington, Del.

1940

The 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

1945

The United Nations officially came into being as its charter took effect.

1992

The Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win the World Series.

2003

The last Concordes landed in London, ending supersonic air travel.

2005

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks, 92, died.

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