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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 - Edith Head
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Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library

1981: Costume designer Edith Head, who won eight Academy Awards, more than any other woman, dies at age 82 in Los Angeles, Calif., from myelofibrosis, an incurable disease of the bone marrow. She received a total of 35 Oscar nominations in her career, winning for movies such as "All About Eve," "A Place in the Sun," "Roman Holiday," "Sabrina" and "The Sting."

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