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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 - Jim Bakker
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1989: TV preacher Jim Bakker, seen here in the late-1980s with his wife, Tammy Faye Bakker, is sentenced to 45 years in prison and fined $500,000 for his conviction on eight counts of mail fraud, 15 counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy. In 1991, his sentence would be reduced to 18 years and he would be released on parole after a total of five years in prison.

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