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 - Gene Roddenberry
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1991: TV producer Gene Roddenberry, best known as the creator of "Star Trek," dies from cardiopulmonary arrest at the age of 70 in Santa Monica, Calif. He's seen here (third from right) in 1976 with most of the cast of the original "Star Trek" TV series and movies at the rollout of the space shuttle Enterprise.

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