On this day: October 24

Published On: Oct 23 2012 05:22:04 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 24 2014 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 - Jackie Robinson
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1972: Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who broke the sport's color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, dies of a heart attack at the age of 53 in Stamford, Connecticut. Robinson, who won the inaugural MLB Rookie of the Year Award in 1947 and the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949, had his uniform number, 42, "universally" retired across all major-league teams in 1997.

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