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On this day: October 24

Published On: Oct 23 2012 05:22:04 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 24 2013 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 - Roanoke Colony
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1590: John White, the governor of the second Roanoke Colony, the earliest attempt at a permanent English colony in the New World, returns to England after an unsuccessful search for the "lost" colonists. The final group of colonists disappeared during the Anglo-Spanish War, three years after the last shipment of supplies from England, while White was stuck in England on a journey to seek help for the struggling settlement.

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