On this day: October 24

Published On: Oct 23 2012 05:22:04 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 24 2015 01:00:00 AM CDT

The first transcontinental telegraph message is sent, Harry Houdini gives his last performance, the United Nations is born, Jackie Robinson dies, and the Concorde makes its last commercial flight, all on this day.

OTD October 24 - Joseph Stein
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2010: Playwright Joseph Stein, best known for writing the books for such musicals as "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Zorba," dies of complications from a fall at the age of 98 in New York City. Stein, who won two Tony Awards for "Fiddler on the Roof," also wrote the screenplay for the 1971 film adaptation.

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